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.


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

  • Aoraki Mackenzie Starlight Festival 2015

    The Aoraki Mackenzie Starlight Festival a celebration of dark skies, astronomy, and the global success of Tekapo’s International Dark Sky Reserve, will bring a range of arts and cultural activities to the Canterbury region when it returns in Twizel from the 9th to the 11th of October.

  • Taste Auckland

    Taste of Auckland, New Zealand’s largest restaurant food festival, promises to heats things up as we head towards summer by bringing together some of the country’s top restaurants in a 4 day culinary affair from 5 – 8 November. 

  • Gisborne Wine & Food Festival

    This much loved annual food and wine festival has been on Eastland’s to-do list every Labour Weekend  since 1997, allowing visitors to savour the finest of the region’s fabulous wine and food at Gisborne winery cellar doors which are open for all to visit at their own pace. 

  • Nelson Arts Festival 2015

    The Nelson Arts Festival brings 13 days of fabulous arts exuberance, including both free events and ticketed shows, to New Zealand’s sunshine capital. This year’s programme is packed with acts from all over the globe, as well as local talent.

  • Queenstown Jazzfest 2015

    From humble beginnings in 1978, the Queenstown Jazz Festival has become one of Queenstown’s most popular events, featuring world class musicians from throughout the country and around the globe each year, and becoming the tourist town’s biggest spring time event.

  • Save Kiwi Month

    The kiwi is an absolute icon – probably the icon – of New Zealand, and we have to do our utmost to look after it. That’s why there are a number of conservation initiatives in place for looking after these special birds, and a major effort is taking place in October with Save Kiwi Month. You can donate to this important New Zealand cause at the Kiwis for Kiwi website.

  • 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.

  • 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



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.



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.


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.


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.



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.


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


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.


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


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.


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.


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.


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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