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New Zealand
Country with surreal natural splendor

New Zealand is an island country located in the southwestern Pacific Ocean. It consists of two landmasses namely, the North Island and the South Island, as well as over 700 small islands. The country is home to snow-capped peaks, coastal glaciers, fjords, shimmering coves, rainforests, and pristine rivers. Given its diverse topography, New Zealand is a hot spot for adrenaline-fueled sports such as whitewater rafting, hiking, mountain biking, bungee jumping, lunging, heli-skiing, jet boating, skydiving and so much more. 


Popular cities: 

  • Wellington

  • Auckland

  • Queenstown 

  • Napier

Countries
New Zealand
Climate
New Zealand's climate is mostly temperate. Most of the country lies close to the coast and hence experiences mild temperatures year-round. The climate varies from cool temperate climate in the far south to warm subtropical in the far north, and severe alpine conditions in the mountainous areas.

  • January — Warm
  • February — Warm
  • March — Cool
  • April — Cool
  • May — Cool
  • June — Cold
  • July — Cold
  • August — Cold
  • September — Cool
  • October — Cool
  • November — Cool
  • December — Warm
Things to do
City Life

Surrounded by the towering peaks of the Southern Alps, Queenstown is a major hub for adventure activities. Downhill skiing, hiking, rock climbing, white water rafting, bungee jumping, mountain climbing and jet boating are just some of the adrenaline-fueled things to do here. It's also the base for sightseeing trips to the Central Otago region. Napier, a coastal city in North Island, is famous for its art deco landmarks. A self-guided tour to view the architectural wonders this city houses is a must. Some of the exquisite structures tell a lot about Maori mythology. Napier is also known for its gourmet food. Auckland, referred to as the 'City of Sails', is blessed with two vibrant harbors. Surrounded by bountiful nature, the beauty of this city is unmatched. You can enjoy kaleidoscopic views of Auckland from the 328-meter Sky Tower. Auckland Domain, the city's oldest part, is a great place to learn about the history and heritage of New Zealand. Waitemata Harbour, Quay Street, Auckland Harbour Bridge, City Center, Albert Park are other major attractions. Kaikoura is a coastal town in the South Island known for its abundant wildlife and sperm whales. It offers amazing coastal hikes and whale watching tours. Wellington is the capital city of New Zealand Take a ride on the historic Wellington Cable Car ride which has been climbing up to the Kelburn Lookout since 1912. There are splendid views along the way. Wellington Waterfront is a beautiful sight to behold. There are plenty of restaurants and cafés in this area.

Historic/Architectural Heritage
The Beehive, located in Wellington, is the most iconic landmark of the city. It has a distinctive shape as the name suggests which makes it quite unique. Next door is the Neoclassical Edwardian style building of Parliament House built in 1907. Bridge of Remembrance, located in Christchurch, was built in dedication of all those who fought in World War I. Napier's Art Deco Architecture displays an infusion of Spanish-mission styles and Maori motifs. One Tree Hill, Otatara Pa, Victoria Clock Tower, Isaac Theatre Royal, Larnarch castle, and Pania of the Reef are a few other places with immense historical importance.
Museums
Auckland Art Gallery is home to an extensive art collection with more than 15,000 artworks on display. The French Renaissance-style structure is a piece of art in itself. New Zealand Collection, New Zealand Historic Art Gallery and Maori Portrait Gallery are the main exhibits of this museum. Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa offers an insightful journey of the natural forces that formed the country. You can also learn about the social history of Maori and Europeans who have shaped the nation since they first settled here. Earthquake Museum, Mana Whenua exhibition, and the Arts Te Papa collection are a few of the exhibits worth exploring. Some other prominent museums in the country include Auckland Museum, Wellington Museum, New Zealand Portrait Gallery, Auckland War Memorial Museum, and New Zealand Maritime Museum.
Nature & Adventure
Fiordland National Park is a World Heritage Site that protects the stunning fjords of Milford, Doubtful and Dusky Sounds. The park is a haven for offshore islands, rainforests, lakes, waterfalls and mountains. It offers amazing hiking trails, including the famous Milford Track. Kayaking is a popular way of exploring the fjords. Tongariro National Park, located in North Island, holds great importance to the Maori culture. One of oldest national parks in the world, Tongariro is home to towering volcanoes, plateaus, hot springs, meadows and turquoise lakes. Tongariro Alpine Crossing is the major highlight of the park. Fox and Franz Josef Glaciers, located in Westland Tai Poutini National Park, flow from some of the highest peaks in the Southern Alps. The contorted frozen landscapes of exotic ice caves can be explored via guided hikes. Situated in the heart of the Southern Alps, Aoraki/Mount Cook National Park is an epitome of heavenly beauty. New Zealand's tallest mountain Mount Cook and longest glacier, the Tasman Glacier, lie within its borders, making this an ideal destination for mountaineering. Rotorua is one of the most active geothermal regions on Earth. You can take a walking tour to learn about the region's Maori history and culture. Also this region is the gateway to the ski fields of Mt. Ruapehu. Nearby Wai-O-Tapu is also famous for its vibrant hot springs. The Abel Tasman Coast Track, winding along the Tasman Bay, is one of New Zealand's Great Walks. You can kayak or snorkel in secluded caves, hike through mystical forests; and indulge in wildlife viewing as you can spot a diverse range of birds, penguins, dolphins and fur seals. Skiing is also quite popular in New Zealand. Cardrona Alpine Resort, Coronet Peak Ski Area, Treble Cone, Remarkables Ski Area, Mount Hutt, Mount Olympus, Broken River Ski Area are some of the popular ski resorts in the country. Coromandel Peninsula is a scenic world away from buzzing cities. Rocky mountains cloaked in native forest offers amazing opportunities for hiking. You can also relax on the golden beaches, go kayaking and sky diving or dip in the bubbling hot pool at Hot Water Beach. Lady Knox Geyser, Wellington Botanic Garden, Mount Victoria, Skippers Canyon, Lake Takepo, Bob's Peak, Cape Kidnappers, Te Mata Peak, and Mount Aspiring National Park are other nature-rich places known for their pristine beauty.
Lakes
Lake Wakatipu, located in Otago Region, is a distinctively shaped lake hemmed in by an alluring mix of high-altitude mountains and low rocky hills. Boat tours are one of the most popular ways to explore the pristine beauty of this lake. Lake Pukaki, located in the central portion of the South Island, is surrounded by some of the most picturesque alpine landscapes of New Zealand. The lake's vibrant aquamarine hue makes it a stunning sight to behold. Lake Wanaka, located near Mount Aspiring National Park, is a gorgeous place home to many artists. Fishing and recreational boating are popular activities. Lake Taupo, Lake Matheson, Lake Te Anau, Lake Manapouri, and Lake Ohau are some of the other beautiful lakes in New Zealand.
Islands
Bay of Islands encompasses over 140 subtropical islands. With several adventurous activities to offer including sailing, big-game fishing and yachting, the Bay of Islands is one of the most popular vacation destinations in New Zealand. Cape Brett and Hole on the Rock are prime attractions. Hauraki Gulf Marine Park Islands offers a delightful escape from the city's hustle and bustle. You can indulge in camping, mountain biking and sea kayaking. You could also hike to the Rangitoto Island's summit for stunning views. Aotea/Great Barrier Island is home to high cliffs, stunning beaches, and serene bays. There are several walking tracks around Aotea that are worth exploring. Waiheke Island, part of the Hauraki Gulf Islands, is one the most popular places to visit from Auckland. The coast hosts white sand beaches while the villages are home to beautiful art galleries and cafés. For a challenging hike with splendid views you can consider the Church Bay Circuit. Surrounded by marine reserves, Poor Knights Islands are ideal for diving and snorkeling. Stewart Island, Matiu Island, Tiritiri Matangi Island, Kapiti Island, D'Urville Island, Campbell Island, Enderby Island, White Island, and Somes Island are a few other scenic Islands worth exploring.
Beaches
Auckland eastern coast is home to some gorgeous forest-rimmed beaches such as Takapuna Beach, Milford Beach and Cheltenham Beach. Maraetai Beach, Piha Beach, Karioitahi Beach, Karekare Beach and Orewa Beach are also spectacular places to enjoy scenic views and relax. Some other scenic beaches in New Zealand are Kaiteriteri Beach, Hot Water Beach, Wainui Beach, Rarawa Beach, New Chums Beach, Napier Beach, Moeraki, Awaroa, Maitai Bay, Ninety Mile Beach and Sumner Beach, among others.
Wildlife
ZEALANDIA Ecosanctuary, located in Wellington, exhibits the country's unique nature and wildlife. You can find a number of New Zealand's native birds including saddleback, takahe, stitchbird, as well as more than 100 kiwi and the famous reptile, tuatara. Wellington Zoo is the country's oldest zoo. It houses a variety of animals including Malayan sun bear, meerkats, gibbons, kiwi, chimpanzees, and big cats. You can also indulge in animal talks and even feed some of them. Some other prominent places to see fascinating wildlife are SEA LIFE Kelly Tarlton's Aquarium, National Aquarium of New Zealand, Auckland Zoo, Orana Wildlife Park, and Hamilton Zoo.
Places of Worship
Built in 1848, St. Patrick's Cathedral is one of New Zealand's first churches. Its massive structure will leave you stunned for sure! Napier's St John's Anglican Cathedral is a modernist-style piece of church architecture. Its stained-glass ambulatory windows depict the life of Jesus in an abstract design style. Church of St. Peter and St. Paul, Cardboard Cathedral, St. Mary's Catholic Church, Old St. Paul's are other prominent places of worship.
How to spend time / how long will it take?
A major chunk of New Zealand can be covered in 7 to 10 days. Starting off in North Island, spend a day exploring the scenic Auckland city. You can take a ferry to Great Barrier Reef where you can spend a day exploring its biodiversity and beaches. Spend two days in the Bay of Islands to explore New Zealand’s rich nature and history. Back on the mainland, you can spend a day visiting Rotorua to enjoy hot springs. You can take a day tour to Mt. Ruapehu for an exhilarating hiking experience. Spend a day in Napier exploring its amazing architecture. Moving downwards, spend a day in Wellington exploring its art galleries, museums and zoo. Moving to South Island, get to Abel Tasman National Park from Nelson where you can spend a day trying different adventure activities. Spend a day or two in Queenstown to try the plethora of different adventurous activities this town offers. End your trip by visiting the scenic Lake Wakatipu and Fiordland National Park for a day or two.
Cuisine
  • New Zealand's cuisine is diverse with influences from British cuisine, Maori culture, Pacific Rim and Mediterranean. Some lip-smacking delicious food items you must try include Maori hangi, Kiwi Burger, Kumara chips, Meat pies, Whitebait Fritters, ANZAC biscuits, Pavlova, Crayfish, Kina, and Hokey Pokey Ice Cream, among others.
Costs
  • While meal prices in New Zealand can vary, the average cost of food is NZD 16 (USD 11.15) per meal.
Visa
  • Indians require a Visa.
  • Other nationalities may or may not require a Visa.
Season to Visit
  • December
  • January
  • February
  • March
  • April
  • May
  • September
  • October
  • November

Typical Duration to Visit
  • 7 - 10 days

Known For
  • Shop
  • Culture
  • Cities
  • Road Trips
  • Beaches
  • Skiing
  • Markets
  • Cuisine
  • Islands
  • Mountains
Areas to Visit
  • Tongariro National Park, Rotorua, Mt. Ruapehu in North Island
  • Auckland and Wellington for urban delights and culture tours
  • National Parks across South Island- Fiordland, Mt. Cook, Mt. Aspiring, & Abel Tasman
  • Westland District for Fox and Franz Josef Glaciers
  • Central Otago for nature and wineries
  • Queenstown for a plethora of adventure activities

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