Breathe. This is refreshing.

This is for those who want to immerse themselves in the true essence of Kiwi (whether it’s a kawakawa steam treatment or a beer with the locals). Traditional hongi greeting, image: Tourism Rotorua

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Whether it’s bungy jumping and skiing in Queenstown or glacier adventures on the West Coast, Wellington’s capital of cool or Rotorua’s rich Maori culture – get the inside word on New Zealand culture, activities, entertainment and events and start creating an unforgettable Kiwi trip of a lifetime.

EXPERIENCE. THIS IS NOT FOR TOURISTS.

This is for travellers (leave your limitations at home; this journey is going to be life-changing). Hawthorn Lounge, image: Positively Wellington Tourism

What's on in New Zealand

  • Wellington On A Plate

    The capital’s annual celebration of cuisine keeps mouths watering for over two weeks in August, showcasing the excellent standard of the capital’s dining scene. Over 100 events include classes, breakfasts, lunches and dinners, an always hotly-contested best burger competition, a battle of mixologists for bragging rights to the “Best Cocktail” title, and celebrations of national cuisines from around the world. Full event details are available at www.wellingtononaplate.com.

  • New Zealand Opera: Tosca

    With spectacular productions of Cinderella and Madama Butterfly already under their belt this year, New Zealand Opera is gearing up for their next big effort, Tosca. With seasons in Auckland and Wellington, accompanied by the Auckland Philharmonia and New Zealand Symphony Orchestra, respectively, the show brings together local and international opera stars for the musical thriller that tells the tale of a woman motivated to commit murder for love.

  • Auckland Restaurant Month

    Auckland dining event Restaurant Month returns this August, giving those in the City of Sails a taste of what the best New Zealand chefs and food have to offer. There’s over 100 special menu offers and access to over 30 foodie-inspired events throughout the month.

  • Christchurch Arts Festival

    The Christchurch Arts Festival is a major, biennial feature on the South Island event calendar that showcases an extensive programme of arts and entertainment by leading international and Kiwi performers and artists.

  • NZ International Film Festival 2015

    The New Zealand International Film Festival glues film fans around the country to the screen this winter again this year. The extensive festival programme is the highlight of every New Zealand cinephile’s year, and tours extensively around the country, making stops in Auckland, Hamilton, Wellington, Christchurch, and Dunedin as well as a number of the smaller regional centres.

  • Whitianga Scallop Festival

    The Whitianga Scallop Festival is a weekend of seafood indulgence. The festival serves up 60 food and wine stalls, cooking demonstrations that will take your seafood skills to a new level, and fun competitions including best dressed and scallop shucking (just watch that knife!).

  • Winter Games New Zealand 2015

    New Zealand’s biannual major qualifying event for the Winter Olympics features alpine skiing, cross country skiing, snowboarding, freeskiing and curling, with events taking place around the Otago region, including skifields and other locations in Queenstown, Wanaka and Naseby.

  • One Meal To Rule Them All

    You’ve heard of dinner and a movie, but how about dinner in a movie? Lord of the Rings fans can now get their gastronomic geek on and dine like a Hobbit at The Green Dragon Inn by taking an Evening Dinner Tour at the Hobbiton Movie Set in Matamata. With Hobbiton brought into the electric 21st century, the Hobbiton Movie Set experience now offers after-dark tours.

Explore. New Zealand uptapped.

Set your course for adventure, this is the real New Zealand. Auckland skyline at night, image: Tourism Auckland

The Insider's Guide to New Zealand

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Auckland

Feast your senses on Auckland’s dazzling array of activities, plentiful dining and shopping options, and stunning landscapes in New Zealand’s biggest city; the cosmopolitan and culturally diverse ‘City of Sails’. Perfectly positioned between two harbours and bordered by rainforest, Auckland’s modern and multicultural Pacific centre is unique in the world.

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Wellington

New Zealand’s much-loved political and cultural capital of Wellington lies on a sparkling harbour at the bottom of the North Island, not far from forest-clad hills and a delightful wine-growing region. Explore urban precincts where shopping, dining and culture abound, each with their own distinct character, then take to the harbour and the hills for outdoor experiences on the edge of the city.

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Christchurch & Canterbury

Treat yourself to a myriad of experiences in Christchurch, the South Island’s largest city is a cosmopolitan and cultured centre and perfect base for exploring a region packed with adventures. Regularly appearing on ‘top places in the world to visit’ lists, post-quake Christchurch offers a wealth of things to do – and a one-of-a-kind glimpse of a city rebuilding.

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The Coromandel

With 400 kilometres of coastline, The Coromandel is the perfect place for beach-hopping holidays. Rustic and laid-back, this is a place where you can fully relax.

 

Queenstown

One of New Zealand’s best-known visitor destinations, Queenstown is a beautiful lakeside resort and all-year-round outdoor adventure playground.

 

Don’t miss a thing

Make the most of even the shortest Kiwi adventure taking in the highlights with these essential New Zealand maps, itineraries and distance charts.

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Live. This is Real.

This is for those who seek a different way of life (even if it's just for two weeks). Franz Josef Glacier, image: Tourism West Coast

Things to see and do

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New Zealand Adventure Activities

Are you looking for an adrenaline rush? Then you’re in the right place! New Zealand, home of commercial bungy jumping, offers an endless procession of white-knuckle inducing activities including shweebing canyon swinging, sand tobogganing caving, glacier hiking, skydiving jet boating, white and black-water rafting, sledging, dam dropping, tubing world-class diving, horse trekking, kayaking, canoeing and surfing. A thrill-seeker’s paradise, the majority of New Zealand’s most adrenaline-pumping activities can be enjoyed by people at a range of skill and fitness levels.

Shopping in New Zealand

Browse New Zealand’s fashion boutiques, chain stores and department stores, and you’ll be amazed at the quality and range on offer. New Zealand fashion is world-class – no surprise when you consider Untouched World, Trelise Cooper, Karen Walker and Zambesi have been exporting to the world’s fashion capitals for years.

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Discover. A land like no other.

Hands inside the vehicle, we're going off the road less travelled. City Gallery Wellington, image: Positively Wellington Tourism, photo by Nicola Edmonds

Taste New Zealand

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New Zealand’s cuisine scene is guaranteed to satisfy the fussiest gourmands. New Zealand’s unique Pacific Rim fusion is internationally popular and trend-setting Kiwi chefs such as Peter Gordon have played an important role in its development. New Zealand’s restaurants and dining scene lead the charge with world-class offerings, while New Zealand wine’s reputation for producing some of the world’s best Sauvignon Blanc and Pinot Noir is legendary.

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Maori Culture

Unique in the world, thrilling Maori cultural experiences including marae visits and stays, cultural performances, hangi (food cooked underground), guided tours, replica villages, arts and crafts shopping and even Maori massage are a must when visiting New Zealand.

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New Zealand Wildlife

Home to some of the world’s rarest animals including the Kiwi, Kakapo, Tuatara and the Hector’s Dolphin (the world’s smallest), New Zealand’s commitment to conservation and isolation makes for some amazing wildlife encounters and experiences.

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Luxe New Zealand

If you’re after a unique escape in the lap of luxury you’ll cherish five-star New Zealand’s unforgettable accommodation options spanning lodges, retreats and world-class hotels, restaurants, out-of-this-world activities and exquisite spa treatments.

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