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Tourist Destinations in New Zealand
New Zealand is the world’s best kept secret- it contains six of the seven climatic regions on the planet, boasts a series of unparalleled golden-sand beaches, protected marine parks to explore from on or beneath the surface, safe-but-active volcanic areas, pristine snow-capped Alps to ski and climb, prehistoric forests and unique flora and fauna.
It is a country where the only stress is that taken on willfully by the adventure-minded tourist (in the form of bungy jumping, parachuting, white-water rafting etc). You can walk for miles in New Zealand without seeing another soul, accompanied by rustling trees, running water and unusual bird song but perhaps the country’s greatest asset is its warm, friendly and hospitable population. 
Auckland
Auckland and the surrounding Islands offers many exciting and memorable tourist attractions for you to choose from. We recommend visiting the Auckland Sky Tower where you can enjoy spectacular views of the city from hundreds of metres up. Other popular city attractions include the Auckland Museum, Kelly Tarlton's Underwater World, Auckland Zoo and the Sky Tower Sky Jump.
 
Other attractions include visiting the many Islands east of Auckland - particularly Rangitoto and Waiheke Island. The rugged, untouched Great Barrier Island is also well worth a visit. If a walk through native rainforest and along a scenic coastline interests you, then the Waitakere Ranges Regional Park is well worth visiting. Another great way to see and experience more of this diverse region is by joining a guided tour.
 
Christchurch
Christchurch is the largest city on the Southern Island of New Zealand, with a population of 344,100. It is the third largest city in New Zealand, behind Aukland and Wellington.  
Christchurch enjoyed the largest collection of Gothic architecture in the country, with Christchurch Cathedral, the Canterbury Museum, Christ's College School, and the former University of Canterbury, which was converted to the cultural centre of Christchurch, the Arts Centre.
 
The Antarctic Centre (near the Airport) offers a unique insight into the wonders of this fascinating frozen continent. Lyttelton Harbour offers beautiful views across the water to the rugged coastline & hills of Banks Peninsula. Visit the Diamond Harbour Ferry for the short trip across to picturesque Diamond Harbour. In the warmer months of the year, Sumner beach is also well worth a visit.
 
   
Queenstown
Queenstown offers a huge variety of exciting and memorable tourist attractions. The best way to take in the beauty of the alpine township is to hop aboard the Skyline Gondola where you will be hoisted to 800 metres (2400 ft) on nearby Bob's Peak. Not only can you take in the stunning lake and mountain views, you can also enjoy other activities such as the Luge Ride, Bungy Jumping and Paragliding. A visit to Queenstown wouldn't be complete without seeing the Kawarau Bridge Bungy Jumping. Other Queenstown attractions include the Steamship "TSS Earnslaw", Jet Boating with Shotover Jet and Kawarau Jet, Wine Tasting Tours, Waterskiing, Scenic Helicopter flights with Heliworks, Glenorchy, the historic mining town of Arrowtown plus the stunning Hollyford and Routeburn walking tracks.
 
Queenstown is one of the best known cities of the South Island and probably one of the most beautiful in New Zealand (and also in the world). There are so many things to do that one will need more than a month to cover all different options offered. It has all types of tours, from the mellow and soft to the most radical tours and sports on Earth. The beauty of the surrounding area with the mountains in the background are simply breathtaking. Queenstown is the capital of the fun times in New Zealand.
 
     
Wellington
Wellington offers many memorable tourist attractions for you to choose from. 
Te Papa Museum should be high on your list if things to do in Wellington. New Zealand's National Museum offers something for everyone and is so large (with so much to see, hear and experience). Other attractions include the Cable Car Museum, the extensive Karori Wildlife Sanctuary (where a whole range of endangered Native New Zealand Birds & Wildlife are protected), the Wellington Zoo plus many more.
 
     
Rotorua
The City of Rotorua is great for those who want to have a close contact with the Maori culture as well as the see the fantastic thermal areas of New Zealand.  The lake right in front of the city is very peaceful and beautiful and the city offers an enormous number of activities and tours for all kind of tourists. It is only about 2 hours from Auckland, but having too many fantastic things to see and do.
 
     
Dunedin and Otago Peninsula
Historic, stately homes like Larnach Castle and Olveston provide the opportunity for you to step back in time and experience Dunedin's Scottish heritage. Other attractions in Dunedin include the University of Otago (New Zealand's oldest university), the Dunedin Public Art Gallery, Otago Museum, Botanical gardens & St Clair beach. Also worth a visit is the Railway Station and the Taieri Gorge Railway experience.
Known as the wildlife capital of New Zealand, The Otago Peninsula is host to the only mainland Royal Albatross Colony in the world, the rare Yellow-Eyed Penguin, New Zealand Fur Seals plus a huge variety of other bird and marine life.
 
     
Wanaka
Wanaka offers many exciting and memorable tourist attractions for you to choose from. One of the best ways to take in the beauty of Lake Wanaka and the Mountain Aspiring National Park is on the many walkways that are located beside the lake. An excellent short walk (1 hour return) is up Mt Iron. The terrain is easy to negotiate and the views are unforgettable. The Lake Outlet Walk which begins at the Lake Wanaka outlet and finishes at Albert Town, offers easy walking and great views of the Clutha River. It also provides wonderful fishing for keen anglers. Another more challenging walk (offering superb views), is up Mt Roy on the western side of the Lake. Other Wanaka attractions include mountain climbing, river kayaking, water skiing, snow skiing, skydiving, scenic flights, paragliding, world-class vineyards and much more.
 
     
Lake Taupo
Lake Taupo offers many rewarding and memorable visitor attractions for you to choose from. The Lake offers plenty of fun activities - swimming, fishing (regarded as the best Rainbow Trout fishery in the world) and boat cruises. Another attraction is to Kayak or boat to the Maori Rock Carvings at Mine Bay. Standing 10 metres tall and only accessible by boat, the carvings are trully impressive and a great way to enjoy a sunny day on the Lake. If you are looking for an exciting, action-packed adventure, we highly recommend taking a 30-minute ride with Hukafalls Jet.
 
     
Kaikoura
The eco-tourism gem of Kaikoura is a must-see if you are at all interested in Marine wildlife. If you do nothing else, we highly recommend seeing the Sperm Whales that feed off the coast - preferrably on a boat (with Whalewatch Kaikoura) or from a plane. Seeing these magnificent ocean giants up close is a once-in-a-lifetime experience.
Other attractions in Kaikoura worth considering include Kayaking off the coast, joining a Maori cultural tour plus Albatross and Dolphin encounters. If you enjoy the taste of New Zealand wines, then Kaikoura winery is well worth visiting.
 
     
Hanmer Springs
Hanmer offers many exciting and memorable tourist attractions for you to choose from. First on your list of things to do in Hanmer Springs is to visit the Thermal Pools and Spa located in the centre of the village. The pools range in temperature from 33-42° Celsius, perfect for soothing away aches and pains or for just unwinding. 
Hanmer is set amongst a beautiful backdrop of mountains and valleys and is a wonderful place for outdoor activities. The Nearby Hanmer forest offers many enjoyable scenic bush walks ranging from half an hour to all day, all starting close to the Village Centre. Some of the walks wind their way through stands of trees, in one of New Zealand oldest exotic forests. One walk which is highly recommended is to the top of nearby Conical Hill. It takes about 45 minutes of steady hiking to get to the top, but you will be rewarded with spectacular, uninterrupted mountain views.
 
     
Marlborough Sounds Attractions
A boat or Kayak trip is the best way to explore the natural beauty of the Marlborough Sounds' many waterways, bays, beaches & inlets. If you would prefer to stay off the water, there are many short and/or long walks around the shores of Queen Charlotte and other sounds. Take a picnic lunch, a towel and relax on one of the many secluded beaches you will come across. If you have a few days spare, we recommend walking the Queen Charlotte Track. There is no better way to experience the peace and tranquility of Queen Charlotte Sound. Another way to explore the Sounds is with Steadfast Sail, who offer relaxing sailing cruises throughout the Sounds and beyond.
 
     
Mount Cook
Aoraki / Mt Cook National Park offers many exciting attractions for you to choose from. Visiting the Tasman Glacier is an absolute must. It can be reached by driving up the Tasman Valley Road and then walking for about 10 minutes to a lookout point where you can view this impresive Glacier and the Lake that has formed at the bottom. There are many excellent walks beginning at the Hooker Glacier Camping Ground including the Kea Point walk, Hooker Valley walk, the Sealy Tarns and the Mueller Hut are all well worth doing. Other attractions include scenic flights, Ski Plane snow landings and boat trips that allow you to explore the murky waters of Tasman Glacier Terminal Lake.
 
     
Fox Glacier / Franz Josef Glacier
Visiting the Glaciers should be the first activity on your list. A relatively easy walk will get you up close to the terminal face of both Glaciers. For the more adventurous, guided hiking / walking on the Glaciers is well worth considering. Fox Glacier Guiding will guide you onto the ice via a secret track through bush regenerating from previous glacial advances & share with you their knowledge of the geology of the area, whilst you walk on the glacier viewing its stunning ice features. Franz Josef Glacier Guides will take you deep in the heart of the glacier where you can squeeze through tight blue crevasses, slide through ice caves or even ‘franz shuffle’ down near vertical walls of ice. Other attractions include the "Flowing West" movie at Franz Josef and the Lake Matheson walkway a short drive towards the coast from Fox Glacier.
 
     
Stewart Island
Across the Foveaux Strait, New Zealand’s third-largest island, Stewart Island, has few inhabitants and can be reached by plane (travel time – 20 minutes), helicopter, or boat ride aboard a motor catamaran from Bluff. The island has various attractions, including a rare chance to see the endangered kiwi (New Zealand’s national symbol) in the wild. The birds feed in the evenings around Mason’s Beach, accessible by plane, or by water taxi to Patterson’s Inlet, followed by a delightful four-hour walk. Another draw card is Ulva Island, a predator-free, offshore expanse of bush and beautiful beaches where curious native birds come down to the foreshore to watch tourists clambering off the water taxi.
 
 
 
   

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