Discover a land of glaciers and beaches, cities and verdant landscapes. See the best of both islands and explore New Zealand.

Christchurch

Following a devastating earthquake in 2011, Christchurch has proven itself a city of boundless energy and remarkable renewal. There’s a palpable grassroots, community-focussed atmosphere, where the gaps left by fallen buildings are filled with green spaces, pop-up events and art installations. This unique landscape, still imbued with European heritage and plenty of green walkways, is thriving; shops, cafes, bars and restaurants are brimming with locals and visitors alike, with one of the most welcoming atmospheres you can find.

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2-nights stay at Chateau on the Park

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Day-trip to Hanmer Springs

Hanmer Springs Thermal Pools

Franz Josef

The small town of Franz Josef is the gateway to the beguiling glacier landscape that bears its name. The vast glacier itself is only accessible by helicopter, of which there are plenty in the town, departing regularly and offering incredible panorama. Tours also land on the glacier itself, with a chance to explore caves and crevasses on intrepid hikes. After exploring the glacier, don’t miss the thermal pools close to town for a spot of relaxation...

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1-night stay at Glenfern Villas

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Helicopter Glacier Tour

Franz Josef Glacier

Queenstown

New Zealand’s premiere adventure destination is a playground of thrills. Known as the home of bungee jumping, there’s plenty of adrenaline-junkie activities to throw yourself into; skydiving, canyon swinging, river rafting and skiing to name just a few. But if near-death experiences aren’t your thing, fear not. Day trips to the breathtaking landscapes of Fiordland and Milford Sound offer more relaxed excursions with vineyards to visit en route. Back on the shores of pretty Lake Wanaka, the town is buzzing with friendly locals and a diverse host of bars and restaurants.

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3-nights stay at Peppers Beacon

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The thrilling Shotover Jet

Shotover River Canyons

Lake Tekapo

Snow-capped mountain peaks sit on the horizon; stretching from shore to shore, a remarkably turquoise lake, brought about by rock flour ground by glaciers, strikes an inimitable colour. Lake Tekapo is a beautiful sight and around its fringes, incredible experiences await. Hot springs offer relaxation in gorgeous surroundings, helicopter tours add to your adventure, and at night? Gaze at the heavens; Lake Tekapo is a superb Dark Sky Reserve, offering a chance to glimpse the elusive Southern Lights.

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1-night stay at Peppers Bluewater Resort

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Go stargazing

Mount John

Christchurch

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1-night stay at Chateau on the Park

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Spot Hector's dolphins in Akaroa

Akaroa, Banks Peninsula

Wellington

A big city with a small footprint, Wellington packs a punch in its diverse offerings and vibrant atmosphere. Slung along a pretty crescent bay, this university city mixes a youthful, creative spirit with esteemed museums and galleries, fine-dining scene and harbourside charms. Independent roasteries and microbreweries attract loyal devotees, but to live like a real local, don’t miss the chance to explore Miramar and Lyall Bay. Just outside of the city centre, these areas offer famed local eateries, gorgeous beaches and one tempting laid-back lifestyle.

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2-nights stay at Bolton Hotel

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Te Papa Museum of New Zealand

Wellington Waterfront

Napier

Escape the city and head to this gorgeous seaside marvel. Napier is an art-deco jewel, studded onto the eastern coastline of North Island. After an earthquake flattened the town in the thirties, it was rebuilt with all the glamour and style that art deco affords, now offering some of New Zealand’s best restaurants amongst this fine backdrop. The surrounding area is a treasure for discovering esteemed vineyards, rubbing shoulders with beguiling outdoor scenes that the Hawke’s Bay area is so well known for.

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1-night stay at Crown Hotel

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Walk the coast of Cape Kidnappers

Hawkes Bay

Rotorua

This charming town is a perfect base for unique cultural encounters and peculiar outdoor experiences. Head for Mitai Maori Village to glimpse war canoes gliding down rivers and bite into traditionally-prepared hangi. Further Maori experiences can be had Te Puia, where geysers rumble and myths and legends abound. Thermal pools and waterfalls, hot springs and technicolour sulphur lakes make for beguiling scenes and unique spa opportunities, for a truly relaxing escape.

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2-nights stay at Regent of Rotorua

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Te Puia māori Village‎

Māori culture and geothermal wonders

Auckland

New Zealand's sprawling super-city, Auckland is a true melting pot of cultures. A large Polynesian and Asian population sets the tone for one fantastic dining scene, with delicious fusion restaurants to discover and buzzing foodie markets to explore. The harbourside offers sunset cocktails after boutique shopping in Britomart, with more designer stores in Ponsonby and Parnell ready to empty your coffers. Don’t miss the opportunity to escape the city by ferry, destination Waiheke Island. The journey is short but the experience a total contrast. Beautiful beaches mark an island filled with vineyards and restaurants, making for an unmissable day trip.

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1-night stay at Pullman

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Wine tasting on Waiheke Island

Waiheke Island

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Christchurch, Franz Josef Glacier, Queenstown, Lake Tekapo & more

Cross New Zealand's North and South Islands by TranzAlpine train and car
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