New Zealand Tourist Attractions

  • Fiordland is one of the most beautiful and dramatic parts of New Zealand, and is the perfect location for enjoying outdoor activities or just relaxing and taking in the stunning mountain vistas. 

    • Fiordland is home to many of New Zealand's rarest native bird species. Visit the Te Anau Bird Sanctuary to see some species up close such as the Takahe and native forest parrot, the Kaka.

    • On the western shores of Te Anau, be sure to take a trip to the Glowworm Caves. Once inside the caves, you can view the still-developing cave formations, and drift through caverns inhabited by glowworms. The caves are only accessible by guided tours

    • Milford Sound is the most accessible fiord in the National Park, and offers some of the world’s most staggering coastal scenery with its dramatic peaks and dark blue waters.

    For more information on Fiordland, visit: www.fiordland.org.nz or www.newzealand.com/fiordland.

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  • North of Auckland, you will find the Bay of Islands, encompassing 144 islands between Cape Brett and the Purerua Peninsula. 

    This is the perfect place to observe marine wildlife, such as penguins, dolphins, marlin, whales and gannets.  Water-based activities include boat rides, surfing and even opportunities to swim with dolphins. 

    While here, be sure to visit Waitangi - New Zealands most significant historic site. Here you can learn about Maori culture and the historic events leading to the signing of the treaty. Live kapahaka performances are held regularly.

    In Kerikeri you can dip into New Zealand history. New Zealand’s oldest standing European building, the Kerikeri Mission Station, can be found here, as well as New Zealand's oldest stone building.  Today, you can find boutique vineyards and orchards, as well as a local range of skincare. Enjoy true New Zealand produce. 

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  • Since the release of The Lord of the Rings trilogy, New Zealand has been known as the 'Home of Middle‑earth'.

    More than 150 locations throughout New Zealand were used to film The Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit Trilogy - more information on these locations can be found here: www.newzealand.com/home-of-middle-earth.  The Hobbiton movie set in Matamata, is now a permanent attraction complete with hobbit holes, gardens, bridge, Mill and The Green Dragon Inn.  Tours depart daily; for more information visit: www.hobbitontours.com

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    Other movies filmed in New Zealand include The Chronicals of Narnia, The Last Samurai and Wolverine. More information on famous filming locations in New Zealand can be found here: /www.newzealand.com/top-10-film-locations-in-new-zealand

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  • Rotorua, on New Zealand's North Island, is renowned for its geothermal activity and Maori culture. Geothermal  features including spouting geysers and bubbling mud pools . It’s also home to a living Maori village and the New Zealand Maori Arts and Crafts Institute, with traditional wood carving and weaving schools. 

    Hell's Gate is New Zealand's most active geothermal reserve with the largest hot waterfall in the Southern Hemisphere and the only geothermal mud baths in New Zealand.

    Waimangu Volcanic Valley offers a range of self-guided eco tours and walks through the geothermal park.

    Te Puia is home to the Pohutu geyser (which erupts 1-2 times an hour, up to 30 metres in the air) as well as the Maori Arts and Crafts Insitute, where you have the opportunity to see Maori architecture, cultural performances and interact with artists and weavers. 

    Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland is New Zealand’s most colourful volcanic area. Explore volcanic features along the eco-walks. Here you can view the Lady Knox Geyser, which erupts daily at 10.15 am to heights of up to 20 meters

    - On a night in June 1886, the small village of Te Wairoa was devastated by the violent eruption of Mt Tarawera, where it was buried under layers of boiling mud. Today the town has been extensively excavated, and is a living history monument. 

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    For more information on Rotorua and its attractions, click here: www.rotoruanz.com