“I think having land and not ruining it is the most beautiful art that anybody could ever want.”
– Andy Warhol
New Zealand is a small island country located in the southwestern Pacific Ocean – comprising of the North Island and the South Island. The North Island is home to spectacular natural landscapes – stunning coastlines, active volcanoes, national parks, and tranquil beaches. The larger South Island is one of the world’s most beautiful destinations, featuring spectacular coastlines, majestic mountains, waterfalls, lakes and glaciers. The area is also renowned for its adventure water sports and fun outdoor activities.
Fun New Zealand Attractions, City Sightseeing Tours & Day Trips
North Island Attractions
- The Bay of Islands
Take a boat trip and keep an eye out for dolphins and whales.
- Rotorua’s Tamaki Maori Village
Journey back in time and experience Maori culture and traditions.
- Wellington’s Te Papa Museum
Learn about the history and culture of New Zealand at this world-class museum, located in Wellington.
- Waitomo Gloworm Caves
See New Zealand’s unique and world-famous Gloworms.
- Lake Taupo
Visit New Zealand’s largest lake.
- Huka Falls
Walk along the scenic banks of the Waikato River and marvel at one of the country’s most visited natural attractions.
- Cathedral Cove on the Coromandel Peninsula
This “must-see” site is famous for its dramatic cliffs and cave rock formation.
- The Kapiti Coast
Admire a gorgeous New Zealand sunset.
- Ninety Mile Beach and the sacred Spirits Bay
Visit one of New Zealand’s longest stretches of beach and Spirits Bay, a sacred place in Maori culture.
- Kakadu National Park
Popular nature reserve and a World-Heritage archaeological site.
- New Plymouth
See spectacular views of the Tasman Sea and Mt. Taranaki.
- White Island
See New Zealand’s most active volcano.
- Hot Water Beach
Famous for its natural underwater spring.
- Sky Tower
The popular landmark’s three Observation Decks provides visitors a stunning 360-degree view of Auckland.
- Waimangu Volcanic Rift Valley
Visit its thermal pools to enjoy the world’s largest hot spring.
- Hobbiton Movie Set
Take a Guided Tour of the site of “The Lord of the Rings” and “The Hobbit” film trilogies.
South Island Attractions
- Milford Sound
Famous for its towering waterfalls, beautiful fjords and lakes.
- Fox Glacier and Franz Josef Glacier
Take a Helicopter Tour and get an up-close view of these stunning glaciers.
- Abel Tasman National Park
New Zealand’s smallest and most popular national park.
- Golden Bay
- The Catlins
Famous for its three waterfalls – the McLean Falls, Purakaunui Falls and the Matai Falls.
- Otago Peninsula
- Pancake Rocks at Dolomite Point near Punakaiki
Spectacular “must-see” limestone rocks and blowholes are the most visited attraction on the West Coast.
- Aoraki / Mt. Cook
Marvel at New Zealand’s highest peak.
- Lake Pukaki
On a clear day, you can see magnificent views of Mt. Cook.
- Marlborough Sounds
- Kaikoura Coast
A great place for whale-watching.
- Waiheke Island
Famous for its beautiful beaches and fine wines.
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The Best Time To Visit New Zealand
Bear in mind that the seasons are the opposite of the seasons on the Northern Hemisphere.
The best time to visit New Zealand is February to April. Peak season is Summer (December-February) so expect crowds, especially at the beaches. Springtime (September-November) is also a good time to visit.