New ZealandAustralia - New Zealand and the South Pacific

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Walk the ancient forests and glacier-carved mountains of this island nation and you’ll soon discover why movie directors and outdoors enthusiasts love "Aotearoa".

With snow-capped peaks, primeval forests, and active volcanoes, New Zealand’s stunning natural diversity has played a staring role in movies like Avatar and The Lord of the Rings trilogy. It’s not just movie directors who are drawn here; outdoors enthusiasts also come in droves to trek mountains, ski glaciers, abseil into limestone caves and experience white-knuckle rides down river rapids. With Maori society dating back over 700 years, and English settlement almost 200, Aotearoa, as New Zealand is traditionally known, is a place of diverse cultural riches too.

At the top of the North Island, discover the “City of Sails”, Auckland, then lose yourself in the fabulous Bay of Islands. Just to the south, the geysers and bubbling mud pools of Rotorua await. Visit the Whakarewarewa Thermal Village to learn how the Maori coexist with the unpredictable nature of the landscape. Near the North Island’s center, hike through herb fields and forests near the active volcanoes of Tongariro National Park.

New Zealand’s political and cultural capital Wellington, sits at the southern tip of the North Island. Ride the Wellington Cable Car, tour the city’s museums and galleries, and order a short black in Cuba Street, the city's bohemian enclave.

From Wellington, it’s just a short ferry ride to the South Island. Explore the glaciers and lakes of the Mount Cook region or take a TranzAlpine rail journey though Arthurs Pass. If you’re into mountain biking or skiing, carve up the slopes around Queenstown, or saddle up for a multi-day adventure along the Otago Rail Trail. New Zealand is the birthplace of bungee jumping, so leap off the Kawarau Gorge Suspension Bridge, or take a jet-boat ride through the swirling waters below. For a change of pace, paddle a sea kayak across the pure waters and silence of Milford Sound.

Located in the southwestern Pacific Ocean, New Zealand is a three-hour flight from Australia. Its major cities have direct connections to over 20 major cities worldwide.

Popular cities in New Zealand

Sky Tower featuring a high rise building, central business district and general coastal views
Auckland

Known for Dining, Shopping and Ports

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Mount Cavendish showing a coastal town, a marina and general coastal views
Christchurch

Known for Gardens, Cafes and Skyscrapers

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Weta Workshop which includes interior views and a statue or sculpture
Wellington

Known for Dining, Shopping and Ports

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Skyline Gondola which includes a coastal town and a bay or harbor
Queenstown

Known for Lakes, Mountains and Scenery

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Rotorua featuring a hot spring
Rotorua

Known for Spas, Lakes and Family-Friendly

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Hamilton which includes waves, surfing and a sporting event
Hamilton

Known for Spas, Family-Friendly and Gardens

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Popular things to do in New Zealand

Milford Sound
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Milford Sound

Check out Mitre Peak—just one of the popular sights to explore around Milford Sound.

Mount Cook Village
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Mount Cook Village

Mountain views, bars, and top sights like Aoraki / Mount Cook—discover it all in Mount Cook Village.

Tongariro National Park
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Tongariro National Park

Explore New Zealand’s phenomenal volcanic landscape and trek across one of the best known hiking trails in the country.

Lake Tekapo
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Lake Tekapo

Check out the local area in Lake Tekapo as you venture to sights like Sheepdog Statue.

Bay of Islands
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Bay of Islands

Swim with dolphins, learn to sail or discover New Zealand’s fascinating history in one of the most beautiful areas in the country.

Lake Taupo
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Lake Taupo

Check out the local area in Lake Taupo—home to attractions like Kuratau Jetty and Five Mile Bay.