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From active volcanoes to frozen lakes, from snow-capped mountains to vast orchards, New Zealand’s stunning scenery will captivate even the most seasoned travellers. Surf legendary waves, laze on sunny shores, skydive over volcanic landscapes or just unwind in a geothermal spa. There’s something for everyone in New Zealand.


Make the most of your time in Auckland with our top 10 tips on places to see and things to do in Auckland city.

See Auckland from the Water

Auckland covers a narrow isthmus near the top of the North Island. On the east coast, the Waitemata Harbour leads out into the Hauraki Gulf, a massive maritime playground dotted with islands of all sizes. With this stunning natural landscape on its doorstep, it’s no wonder Auckland’s nickname is the City of Sails. Auckland locals love to spend time in or on the water, flocking to beaches for swimming, fishing and boating.

With this in mind, one of the must-do activities in Auckland is a boat trip of some kind. Auckland harbour sailing trips allow impressive views of the city skyline, and the Hauraki Gulf islands are a series of treasures just waiting to be explored. Iconic Rangitoto is a famous Auckland landmark and well worth visiting for a hike to the top. Further out, Waiheke Island is a popular destination, with beautiful beaches and plentiful vineyards.


Explore Auckland’s Waterfront

While you’re in downtown Auckland there are many more top Auckland attractions to visit around the harbour and waterfront. The Britomart transport precinct, Viaduct Harbour and Wynyard Quarter have all been given a facelift in recent years and are now cool urban spaces where locals and visitors mingle to eat, drink, shop and party.

Simply need a break? Sink into a beanbag or onto a comfortable bench in public spaces like Silo Park, Takutai Square in Britomart or North Wharf and spend some time people-watching. In the Viaduct Harbour you will also find the Voyager New Zealand Maritime Museum – great if you’re interested in New Zealand’s seafaring history. Another great option for seeing the best of Auckland's harbour and inner-city sights is a GreatSights Auckland city sights tour.

Take a Trip Up the Sky Tower

One of the best views of Auckland can be found at the top of the Sky Tower in the central city. At 328 metres high, the Sky Tower is the tallest building in New Zealand – and the Southern Hemisphere too! Zoom up to the observation deck (don’t worry, you won’t have to use the stairs) and marvel at 360 degree views all around the city. There’s also a restaurant in the Sky Tower, and if you’re brave enough you can walk around the edge or even jump off!



Get a Dose of Culture

Auckland is home to a host of great cultural experiences. A visit to the Auckland War Memorial Museum is the perfect way to learn about New Zealand history and culture, while the Auckland Art Gallery is home to a large collection of New Zealand and international art. Most of the theatres in Auckland are located around the top of Queen Street. See a show at the Civic amidst lavish decor, or see theatre, comedy and dance in contemporary style at Q Theatre or the refurbished Aotea Centre.


Wander Down Ponsonby Road

One of Auckland’s oldest suburbs, Ponsonby is home to great shopping (including high-end designer fashion and homewares), dining and nightlife. Sit at a cafe and watch the well-heeled of Auckland pass by or pick up a unique New Zealand souvenir.


See the Famous Auckland Black Sand Beaches

Auckland’s coastline is a mixture of golden sand beaches, rocky coves, powerful surf and calm bays. The West Coast is where to find black sand beaches like Piha, Muriwai, Bethells and Karekare. The wild beauty of these beaches is something every visitor to Auckland should see. If you’re going to swim there, please swim between the flags as the waves are very strong!


Visit the Best Markets in Auckland

The Otara Markets in South Auckland are a unique part of Auckland’s culture and history. Go there on a Saturday morning and enjoy the sights, sounds and smells of Auckland’s unique blend of Polynesian cultures, with fresh produce, fast food, fashion, bric-a-brac and more on sale for bargain prices.

In the central suburb of Parnell, the La Cigale French markets in Parnell offer gourmet delicacies, fresh baking, organic produce and deli delights. It’s the best place to go for picnic food!

For a different taste experience, head along to one of the suburban night markets held around Auckland. Shopping mall carparks are transformed into cheap and cheerful international spectacles, emitting tantalising scents from Asia, the Pacific, Europe and the Americas. Wander past stalls of sizzling dumplings and steaming hot satay, drink fresh-squeezed juices, and feast on everything from noodle dishes and pizza to gourmet tacos and handcrafted patisserie treats.

Hiking in Auckland

Auckland has plenty of hilly ranges for those who like to get out into the outdoors and hike the trails. Head out to the Waitakere Ranges to the west or the Hunua Ranges to the southeast and walk through native forest – just make sure you follow the trail and prepare with appropriate clothing, footwear and supplies.

Another popular Auckland walk is the Coast to Coast Walkway, which is a 16km hike from Onehunga to downtown Auckland.

Get Up Close to New Zealand Wildlife

Auckland is home to two enriching wildlife experiences: The Auckland Zoo and Kelly Tarlton’s Sea Life Aquarium.

Forget dingy cages and sad animals – the Auckland Zoo is a leader in conservation initiatives and has won awards for its research work and sustainability. Visit hundreds of species of exotic and native wildlife in beautiful surroundings and get up close and personal – you can even choose one of their special behind the scenes encounters and feed the animals!

Kelly Tarlton was a New Zealand marine archaeologist and diver who invented a revolutionary new way to see marine life. In 1985 he built his Underwater World on the Auckland waterfront, using unique acrylic viewing tunnels so visitors could travel through as if they were on the sea bed. Today you can travel through the tunnel and see sharks, stingrays and other fascinating sea creatures, as well as explore the Antarctic with a new experience, seeing penguins on the ice.

Free Auckland Activities

There are many places in Auckland that can be enjoyed for free! Public spaces in Auckland like parks and squares are great places to experience local life and enjoy the scenery.

The Auckland Domain is a beautiful park full of open spaces, sculpture displays, native bush and formal gardens. It’s home to the Auckland War Memorial Museum and also the Wintergardens – tropical indoor gardens that are free to enter. Another of Auckland’s impressive volcanic cones is Mount Eden. Climb to the top for great views around the city, then stroll down to the village below for a spot of shopping or a bite to eat. On the North Shore, Mount Victoria and North Head are great places to enjoy the view. You can also explore the gun tunnels at North Head that date back to World War II.

At the end of Wynyard Quarter downtown, Silo is an urban park with playgrounds, water features, sculpture and interesting walkways. During summer there are free movie screenings and night markets held here. Visit Hauraki Blue Cruises on Pinterest for more Auckland activity ideas and Auckland visitor suggestions.


The Bay of Islands is a subtropical micro-region known for its stunning beauty & history. For those that love beaches and water activities, it's paradise.

Cape Reinga

At the Cape, the Tasman Sea meets the Pacific Ocean in a spectacular swirl of currents. At the northernmost tip of the Cape is a gnarled pohutukawa tree, believed to be over 800 years old. According to Maori oral history, the spirits of deceased Maori leap from this tree into the ocean to return to their ancestral homeland of Hawaiki.

While it’s not quite the most northern point of New Zealand (North Cape is further north, but it’s a scientific reserve and not open to the public), Cape Reinga is definitely the end of the road.
From Kaitaia, the drive to Cape Reinga takes about 1.5 hours each way. Guided coach tours depart from Kaitaia and Paihia (Bay of Islands) daily. As well as taking you up to the Cape, these trips travel along popular 90 Mile Beach, bringing Maori and early European history to life on the way.


Swim with Dolphins Bay of Islands

This intimate half day cruise seeks out the many playful dolphins within the sheltered waters of the Bay. Join the crew in searching for those tell tale splashes as Tutunui (our wee boat) gets in really close; jump into the warmest waters in New Zealand and snorkel with these majestic and inquisitive creatures – an experience you will never forget!

Our purpose built dolphin vessel gets you closer – with a low viewing deck, water jet engines, underwater microphone and experienced crew with an intimate knowledge of dolphin behaviour. And with a maximum number of 35 passengers onboard it means that this is a very upclose and personal experience.


Russell holds an important place in New Zealand's history, being the country's first sea port, its first European settlement and New Zealand's first capital in nearby Okiato. The town's streets retain their original layout and names from 1843, and many of its historic buildings can still be visited today.

A stroll around the streets will lead you to the Catholic Mission ‘Pompallier’, which is New Zealand’s oldest surviving Roman Catholic building. Built in 1841-42, under the direction of architect Louis Perret, it was used as a printery, tannery and storehouse for the French Marist mission. Pompallier has undergone extensive award-winning conservation work and is now a working museum where past methods of tanning, printing and bookbinding can be appreciated.

Another building to admire is Christ Church, the oldest existing church in New Zealand, which still carries musket ball holes from the New Zealand Land Wars.


Rotorua is known for bubbling mud pools, shooting geysers and natural hot springs, as well as showcasing our fascinating Maori culture.

Te Puia 

Situated in Rotorua, Te Puia is an iconic destination for visitors. Our tradition of guiding in the Whakarewarewa geothermal valley extends for generations and many of our guides have direct links to Rotorua’s earliest hosts. We share stories and insight into this unique corner of the world.

Along with access to the world famous Pohutu geyser, visitors have an opportunity to see Māori cultural performances, live kiwi, boiling mud pools, native bush and the National Schools of Wood Carving and Weaving. These are the threads that form the fabric of Te Puia, fitting its role as kaitiaki (guardian) of Māori culture for future generations.


Skyline Rotorua

The Quintessential Rotorua Experience Famous for a reason. Skyline Rotorua is your ticket to an unforgettable holiday. Home to the ultimate Gondola and Luge experiences, with a raft of activities to keep you entertained. From thrilling Zoom Zipline, Sky Swing and Mountain Bike Gravity Park to tranquil nature trails, wine tasting, + tours, dining and shopping experiences. Feeling a little peckish? Head to the Food Market Kitchen or the Stratosfare Restaurant and Bar to fuel up again.

The Skyline Rotorua complex is just minutes from central Rotorua, sitting atop Mt Ngongotaha providing unsurpassed views of New Zealand’s coolest hot spot. This is an all-weather must do attraction suitable for all ages. Open daily from 9am.


Russell holds an important place in New Zealand's history, being the country's first sea port, its first European settlement and New Zealand's first capital in nearby Okiato. The town's streets retain their original layout and names from 1843, and many of its historic buildings can still be visited today.

Get ready for a fun-packed hour of entertainment and education for the whole family… the legendary Agrodome Farm Show!
You’ll hear amazing facts and have a few laughs as you’re introduced to 19 breeds of sheep. Then, witness a live sheep shearing demonstration and a fun sheep auction with bidding from the floor and audience participation.

Extend your visit with a guided tour of our Eco-Farm - Climb aboard the all-weather, all terrain vehicle as we begin the tour. Along the way, there are fascinating things to learn - and a few laughs too!

You’ll get to hand-feed and take photos with all sorts of friendly animals, including Romney sheep, cattle, deer, llamas, ostrich, pigs and alpacas.


Situated at the southern end of the North Island, Wellington, New Zealand, was recently named "the coolest little capital in the world" by Lonely Planet.

The Weta Cave Workshop Tour

Come and visit the Weta Cave Workshop Tour in Miramar, the heart of Wellington's film industry. The Weta Cave Workshop Tour is a behind-the-scenes glimpse into the workings of Weta Workshop with a guided tour through our exhibition space. This space is filled with exclusive props and costumes not normally shown to the public and your guide will take you through the creative processes we use to make cool stuff!

Guided tours start approximately every 30 minutes from 9.30am to 5pm. We strongly encourage you to book in advance as tours fill up fast!

Tours take approx 45 minutes. Maximum 20 people per tour. You can purchase tickets online for the Weta Cave Workshop Tour by clicking on the book now link on this page.


Zest Food Tours Capital Tastes

The perfect morning walking tour: enjoy three hours of Wellington culinary experiences. Discover fresh tastes in New Zealand's cafe and culinary capital, as we introduce you to local tastes, products and people. With a personal guide to tell the local stories, you will taste gourmet products including coffee, chocolate, cheeses and other specialties in top food places the locals know.

As an added bonus, you'll receive a 25 percent discount voucher at two of Wellington's best eateries, Floriditas and Arbitrageur, as well as a voucher for a glass of wine at fine dining restaurant Logan-Brown to enjoy in your own time. Some conditions apply.

Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa (Te Papa)

‘Te Papa Tongarewa’ literally means ‘container of treasures’. Discover the treasures and stories of New Zealand’s land and people under one roof.

Enjoy six floors of engaging, interactive displays. Encounter Māori and Pacific cultural treasures, New Zealand’s extraordinary natural life, its most important works of art, and its unique history. Get shaken up in the Earthquake House or come face to face with a colossal squid, then explore its life through 3D animation.

With a combination of the latest technology and classic story-telling, Te Papa educates, entertains, and inspires.


At the foot of the mountain sits the village of Mount Cook - a comfortable haven in one of the most unforgiving parts of New Zealand. On every side, the Southern Alps scrape the sky.

Glacier Explorers

The only tour of its kind in New Zealand and one of the only accessible glacial lakes containing icebergs in the world. An amazing encounter with New Zealand's largest glacier, the Tasman Glacier. Explore and learn about the ever-changing glacial landscape as you journey across the terminal lake in our custom-built MAC Boats with your experienced guides. Icebergs of every shape and size periodically tear away from the face of the glacier into the rapidly growing lake. Lateral moraines rear up almost 200m to remind us of the scale and greatness that the glacier has reached in previous times.

Big Sky Stargazing

The Aoraki Mackenzie International Dark Sky Reserve is the world's largest gold-rated reserve, meaning the darkness of our night skies is almost unbeatable!

Begin with an introduction and orientation in the comfort of our Theatre Planetarium using a Digital Sky presentation highlighting unique features in our southern sky. Our informative astronomy guides then take you on a short drive (transport provided) to our outdoor stargazing site. Use telescopes, astronomy binoculars and the naked eye to put your newly acquired knowledge into practice, identifying and exploring different elements of the spectacular southern sky.

Scenic Flights

Glimpse the beautiful glaciers that tumble down from the peaks of the Southern Alps. Count the volcanic cones that are scattered across the face of Auckland. Appreciate the immensity of Lake Taupo, a massic volcanic crater filled with gin-clear water.

Flightseeing opportunities are concentrated in areas where the scenery is most extraordinary - Northland and Auckland, the central North Island, Canterbury, Queenstown, Fiordland and the West Coast.

Some operators combine airborne New Zealand sightseeing with ground explorations. At Mount Cook and Franz Josef, ski-plane operators make glacier landings, so that you can get out and feel the quiet solitude of the mountains. Another rare treat is a flight to watch the whales at Kaikoura. Or venture to White Island in the Bay of Plenty and experience walking on an active marine volcano.

The Helicopter Line Mount Cook

The Helicopter Line is New Zealand’s leading helicopter company operating with a fleet of modern jet helicopters based at Mount Cook, Twizel, Franz Josef, Fox Glacier and Queenstown. At Mount Cook, The Helicopter Line operates from Glentanner Park at the foot of the mountains at Mount Cook village. We offer the most incredible close-up views on a scenic flight to explore and discover the heart of the Aoraki/Mount Cook National Park.

Our experienced and professional helicopter pilots share their knowledge with you in an informative commentary. View hanging glaciers and rivers of moving ice before a snow landing in this inaccessible alpine region. All flights feature a snow landing.


Canterbury stretches from ocean to the Alps, and is land of plains and peaks. It is a place of variety and innumerable attractions.

The Sir Edmund Hillary Alpine Centre

A tribute to Sir Edmund Hillary, humanitarian, ambassador and one of the world’s greatest explorers, the Sir Edmund Hillary Alpine Centre showcases the Aoraki Mount Cook region, its people and its place in the universe.

Designed to educate and entertain, the centre features a spectacular state-of-the-art 3D Mount Cook Magic movie (Chinese & Japanese headset translations available), the world's southern most digital dome Planetarium, documentaries and a Museum which documents the pioneering heart of the region and features the impressive Hillary Gallery. The cafe and bar area offers indoor and outdoor seating and floor to ceiling mountain views.


Christchurch Tramway

Enjoy a journey in style through the changing face of Christchurch’s city centre on board our beautifully restored heritage Trams, one of Christchurch’s leading attractions,our friendly and knowledgeable drivers will inform you about the city, its landmarks and local sights. Your day-long ticket allows you to get on and off the Tram as often as you please! The journey takes you to the appropriate stops for Punting on the Avon, and the Caterpillar Tour of the Christchurch Botanic Gardens. Cathedral Junction, Avon River, Re:START Mall, Gothic-style Arts Centre, the Canterbury Museum and New Regent Street. We have 17 stops en route.

Punting on the Avon

Summer or winter, glide along the tranquil Avon River in Christchurch, as a skilled punter in traditional Edwardian attire propels you slowly along the water. Our Avon River Punting tours are set aboard handcrafted flat-bottomed boats, poled along by your punter from the platformed till at the rear end of the boat. An ideal group or family activity, Punting on the Avon is an eco-friendly way to relax and enjoy Christchurch from a different perspective. From our Park departure point travel leisurely from the historic Antigua Boat sheds, through the Botanic Gardens, and enjoy the spectacular flora that our ‘Garden City’ is famous for. Alternatively, our City departure point takes you through the heart of our city through the progressing Avon.


Queenstown is one of New Zealand's top visitor destinations and if you come to the region you'll understand why.

NZONE Skydive Queenstown

Embrace the Fear. Tandem skydive in Queenstown the 'Adventure Capital of the World'. Queenstown is also New Zealand's most popular and picturesque destination. Your flight to altitude takes you high above the alpine resort, over crystal clear lakes and snow-capped mountains. Skydive from altitudes of up to 15,000ft travelling at 200kph. We will provide you with a very personal experience and look forward to taking you on the experience of your life!

NZONE photographic packages are unique. Freefall photos & videos are available in high resolution & accessible online for instant memory sharing with friends & family via social media.


Welcome to the rush of skydiving. There is nothing like skydiving for sheer heart-stopping adrenalin and adventure and there is no place like New Zealand to do it.

New Zealand's magnificent landscapes take on an extra dimension when you’re 12,000 feet in the air. Skydive in Lake Wanaka or Queenstown and you will look from the vastness of the Central Otago high country to the snow-capped mountains surrounding the jewel-like lakes. At the other end of the country, Lake Taupo has the largest commercial drop zone in the world and stunning views of volcanoes, forests and the lake itself. A Bay of Plenty skydive flight will take you over gleaming waters and geothermal wonders.There are many skydiving operations throughout New Zealand and all offer tandem jumps. You’ll have experienced skydivers taking you-step-by-step through what to do on your jump and what to expect. If you’re a skydiver yourself don’t forget to bring your licence.


Shotover Jet

World famous as the ultimate jet boat experience, Shotover Jet has thrilled over 3 million people since 1970, and now it’s your turn! Take a unique breathtaking ride through dramatic and narrow canyons, and hold on tight for Queenstown’s only exhilarating full 360° spins. ‘Can you handle the canyons?’ with award winning Shotover Jet, 'The World’s Most Exciting Jet Boat Ride' and the only company permitted to operate in the spectacular Shotover River Canyons.

Combining the classic New Zealand invention of the Jet Boat with the kiwi culture of adventure, Shotover Jet has become part of the fabric of what is quintessentially 'New Zealand' and is for many visitors the highlight of their Queenstown and New Zealand holiday.

Milford Sound

Described by Rudyard Kipling as the 'eighth wonder of the world', Milford Sound was carved by glaciers during the ice ages. Milford Sound is breathtaking in any weather. The fiord's cliffs rise vertically from the dark waters, mountain peaks scrape the sky and waterfalls cascade downwards, some as high as 1000 metres. When it rains in Milford Sound, and it often does, those waterfalls multiply with magnificent effect.

Boat cruises – during the day or overnight – are an excellent way to experience the Sound. Adventurous types might also like to head out sea kayaking, diving or flightseeing. To learn more about the local marine life, visit the underwater observatory at Harrison Cove and marvel at the black coral, 11-legged sea stars and delicate anemones.