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New Zealand Cities and Regions

Bay of Islands

Near the top of the country, 150 islands dot this beautiful region’s turquoise waters. It's also the site of Waitangi, birthplace of modern New Zealand.


New Zealand's biggest and most cosmopolitan city, Auckland is blessed by two magnificent harbors, an island-studded gulf and the intriguing remnants of fifty inactive volcanoes. See our Auckland Travel Guide


Bubbling mud, shooting geysers, steaming sidewalks , and the constant smell or sulphur are the hallmarks of this lakeside city, an important hub of Maori culture.

Taupo and the Central Plateau

Another volcanic landscape, magnificent Lake Taupo was formed by a massive eruption over 26,000 years ago. Further south, three active volcanoes cap a surreal alpine desert.


Once the often-present wind and rain ease, the nation's compact capital is a gem with its dramatic harbor, thriving arts scene and vibrant café culture.


Famed for its marine life, this is the place to see sperm whales, fur seals and dolphins. Swimming, surfing, skiing and skydiving keep active visitors busy.


The South Island's main city is a little slice of England transported to the other side of the world – only with better beaches and wine.

Southern Alps

Reaching an ultimate height of 12,320 feet at Aoraki/Mt Cook, the Southern Alps, with its peaks and glaciers, are one of the country's most spectacular sights.


This busy little resort town is set on picturesque Lake Wakatipu. Adrenaline junkies can ski, bungy, boat or white-water raft to their heart's content.


Impressive Mitre Peak, overlooking Milford Sound, is one of the country's most recognizable images. Further south, Doubtful Sound is a more remote, but equally idyllic, alternative to busy Milford.

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