Start off in Auckland where you’ll be charmed by the sweeping views of the city from Mt Eden before exploring dumpling houses, lush gardens + grand buildings. Auckland is also the ideal start location for New Zealand tours. The Travel Project has the inside scoop on all the best overland packages including an extensive range of DIY flexible bus passes.
New Zealand is split into the North and South Islands, both of which boast their own set of highlights. For rolling hills and incredible geothermal activity, head north. Find steaming geysers and Maori culture in Rotorua where the mud pools and hot springs are an attraction all year long. For the adventure seekers, head to Tongariro National Park for spectacular hiking opportunities including alpine crossings and volcano scaling.
For a slice of extreme nature, nothing beats New Zealand’s chilly south. Milford Sound cruises spoil you with unparalleled views of towering fjords while Queenstown is the ultimate city stay. The adventure capital of the world boasts jet boating, bungy jumping, zip lining and more for the active traveller. We also rate the Abel Tasman Park to tackle some of New Zealand’s famous Great Walks.