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

  • TSB Bank Taranaki Festival of Lights

    Every summer Pukekura Park in New Plymouth, one of New Zealand’s most beautiful botanical gardens, is transformed into an illuminated night-time wonderland in the annual Festival of Lights, festooned in a host of multi-coloured light displays amongst the trees. The festival attracts over 100,000 visitors each year.

  • Marlborough Wine & Food Festival 2016

    The Marlborough Wine & Food Festival is the country’s first and longest-running wine festival. Held in the world-renowned wine producing region of Marlborough, it offers attendees a change to try a variety of of  the region’s world-class wines (with over 50 local vineyards represented).

  • Auckland Seafood Festival 2016

    This annual Auckland celebration of New Zealand’s seafood is always a huge summer hit. Offering not only fresh, delectable seafood but also live music and celebrity chef demonstrations, the event brings thousands to Auckland’s waterfront each year.

  • Ben Harper & The Innocent Criminals: NZ Tour 2016

    Ben Harper & The Innocent Criminals are heading New Zealand’s way in February early next year, marking their first national headline tour since 2003. After going on hiatus in 2008, the band has reunited this year and are touring shortly after completing their first new album in 8 years, Call It What It Is, due for release in April 2016.

  • The Pioneer

    New in 2016, The Pioneer is an epic, week-long mountain bike stage race from Christchurch to Queenstown via the South Island’s pristine Southern Alps. It will link together over 500kms of farm tracks and NZ Cycle Trails and take i soaring mountain peaks, crystal-clear blue lakes, and golden high country. This one’s going to be inspirational!

  • Wildfoods Festival

    Hokitika’s annual extravaganza of gourmet bushtucker, The Wildfoods Festival has become an iconic New Zealand celebration of the West Coasts natural food sources where staples like whitebait, wild pig, game meats and local brews join more exotic offerings like wasp larvae ice cream, magpie pie, worm burgers and gumboot milkshakes.

  • World Buskers’ Festival 2016

    Christchurch’s favourite summer entertainment festival roars back for another year in 2016, basing itself in the centrally located Hagley Park events centre and the rebuilding Arts Centre. Over 65 different street performers, comedians, fringe artists, musicians and visual artists from both NZ and abroad will crowd into the city for ten days of the festival’s regular high-energy bedazzlement.

  • Rhythm & Vines 2015

    Rhythm & Vines is an iconic New Year’s celebration / music festival held in a vineyard near Gisborne at the end of each year. The event has grown from humble origins in 2003 to become one of the country’s largest music festivals, with 30,000 campers in attendance for the three days of music, provided by host of huge New Zealand and international acts.

  • 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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