"New Zealand is undoubtedly one of the world's most stunning countries, from Milford Sound and Middle Earth to the golden islands of Marlborough Sounds"
View the Southern Alps from the TranzAlpine train
Take the journey of a lifetime on the TranzAlpine train, where you'll see the most unforgettable views of the alps. You can expect spectacular views and world-class service onboard, as well as a viewing deck for taking all-important holiday snaps.
Learn about the traditions of the Maori
Maōri traditions are a vital part of New Zealand's culture and heritage. Pay a visit to Tongariro National Park, which holds a significant spiritual value for the Maōri people, and indulge in a traditional Hāngī meal cooked under the earth.
Cruise on Milford Sound
Surrounded by waterfalls and rainforests, the Milford Sound fjord is New Zealand's most picturesque attraction, often described as the "eighth wonder of the world". Sit back, relax and absorb the magnificent scenery aboard one of the many boats that operate daily.
Visit the Tamaki Māori Village in Rotorua
Set it the ancient Tawa forest, the unique experience at Tamaki recreates a traditional working Maōri village. It offers Maōri dance and music shows, as well as cultural crafts like carving and weaving and. With all activities, there's ample opportunity to get involved and learn about the Maōri culture first-hand.
Take the Auckland city tour
Discover Auckland's golden beaches, picturesque parks and historical buildings on our comprehensive city tour. You'll not only learn about the history of the city, but you'll also discover the best places to eat, drink and relax in Auckland. Complete with a visit to Mount Eden, which has views right across the city.
Our top 5 things to do in New Zealand
From the tip of the North Island to the tail of the South Island, there is no shortage of things to do in New Zealand to keep you occupied. These are just a few of the remarkable moments we'll share with you during our time in NZ.
Auckland War Memorial Museum, Auckland
The iconic exterior only hints at the unique and extensive collection within. The museum houses a large selection of historical artefacts that showcase the rich and brutal history of New Zealand and the Pacific, as well as over 1.5 million natural history specimens.
The Great War Exhibition, Wellington
Constructed as a passion project by director Sir Peter Jackson, the Great War Exhibition tells the story of New Zealanders who fought and lived through the First World War. Although the exhibition includes many original artefacts, the life-sized sets and colorized black and white photos are standouts.
Christchurch Art Gallery Te Puna O Waiwhetu, Christchurch
Housing a substantial art collection, The Christchurch Art Gallery Te Puna o Waiwhetū also runs a rotating programme of local and international exhibitions. Don't miss their late-night tours, which are not only free but one of the best ways to visit the gallery.
Best museums in New Zealand
By exploring New Zealand's museums and art galleries, you can get a unique perspective on the origins of this dynamic, proud country. These are just of the museums we'll share with you to peel back layers of the country.
Mince and cheese pie
Gaining popularity in the 1970s, this unique pie has layers of melted cheese just under the crispy outer crust that take the typical pastry to new heights. Find these hand-sized pastries at cafés, bakeries, and supermarkets, and local bakeries where they're baked fresh every day.
Dreamt up in 1976, the Kiwi burger contains all the usual fixings; a fresh beef patty, lettuce, tomato, cheese, onions and tomato sauce with some unique extras like beetroot, crispy egg and mustard. Although tasty burgers are available at most burger chains in New Zealand, there are cult stores that plate them up to five-star standards.
Lemon & Paeroa (L&P)
With carbonated water from Paeroa and fresh local lemon juice, New Zealand's L&P drink is a refreshing and popular way to cool down and energize. For an extra kick, the infamous Lemon & Paeroa drink is a popular cocktail base in many parts of New Zealand.
Best food in New Zealand
New Zealand easily tempts the tastebuds with its fresh, local and tasty cuisine. From savoury treats to sparkling citrusy drinks, our New Zealand trips will ensure you leave with a full and satisfied stomach.
What to pack for New Zealand
A camera and a memory card
With so many unforgettable views, make sure you pack a camera (and a spare memory card) to ensure you get the best shots. New Zealand's endlessly photographic surrounds are worth printing and framing.
Ample bag space
With woollen jumpers and fresh Manuka honey on offer, spare bag space is a must when you travel New Zealand. Just make sure you check your local customs restrictions before you go.
Comfortable walking shoes
With everything New Zealand offers to explore, make sure you take care of your feet by packing comfortable shoes. That way, you avoid missing a day of activity due to blisters and aches.
Whether you're heading to New Zealand's mountains to ski or the beaches for a swim, you may need seasonal essentials. Consider warm clothes and swimwear to make the most of your New Zealand trips.
Small portable charger
With so much to see and do in New Zealand, your devices are likely to wear down quite quickly. Keep a portable charger on hand to make sure your devices are ready when you are.