The best-known hiking trails are New Zealand’s Great Walks. Administered by the Department of Conservation, these popular trails are maintained to a high standard. Bookings are required during the summertime peak season for the Milford, Routeburn and Kepler tracks, and year-round for the Lake Waikaremoana, Heaphy and Abel Tasman Coast tracks.
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Two tigers new arrivals at Christchurch's Orana Park
Christchurch's Orana Wildlife Park has got something very special for Christmas – two stunning Sumatran tigers, freshly arrived from Australia Zoo.
Te Araroa – One of the World’s Longest Trails
New Zealand boasts some stunning multi-day walks all over the country and if you’re into walking and hiking you’ll have heard of New Zealand’s Great Walks.
One great aspect to New Zealand is that you often don’t have to travel into the backcountry to find a great walk. Exploring New Zealand on foot can be as easy as leaving your hotel and...
New Zealand is renowned as one of the world’s best whale watching destinations, and this unique wildlife encounter should be on every visitor's itinerary. Just imagine coming eye to eye with a...
Cycling in New Zealand
The New Zealand Cycle Trail project is a national initiative to build a network of cycle trails – Great Rides – throughout New Zealand.
Rejuvenation Day Spas & Beauty Clinics
In addition to geothermal pools or traditional Māori massage, you will also find numerous beauty clinics and day spas throughout the country where you can have essential beauty maintenance...
New Zealand's Top Golf Courses
New Zealand is an amazing destination for golfers and offers a number of courses amongst the very best in the world, including Kauri Cliffs,
Ski & Snowboard New Zealand – Fast Facts
Which New Zealand ski area should you choose? Where do you get accurate weather information? How much will it cost? It’s always handy to know certain things before hitting the slopes. Get...
Walking & Hiking in New Zealand
Whether you're flying solo or you have a sizeable entourage, there are countless opportunities to get into the New Zealand countryside for a walk. Ranging from short guided tours to multi-day...
Experiencing New Zealand Wildlife
Since the arrival of humans in New Zealand, habitat disturbance, hunting and introduced predators have taken their toll, and many species are now endangered. However, major conservation...
Your summer of activities on the Ōtākaro Avon River
Christchurch's Ōtākaro Avon River has a lot to offer. Join schools of brown trout, Doris the friendly eel and local guides having fun around its banks this summer; it’s an inner-city...
Top 5 Māori Cultural Experiences
Māori culture is unique to New Zealand and the cornerstone of the country's cultural make-up. It is far more than just a tourist atraction, and gaining a respectful understanding of the culture...
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