New Zealand is a magical place and offers tourism options to suit all tastes, from the snow-capped mountains and beautiful national parks with waterfalls and trails to the idyllic beaches and oceans, perfect for snorkelling and scuba diving. Nature is the country’s main attraction, but many cities offer attractions such as restaurants and nightclubs.
Radical sports also are featured among the key tourist attractions, as well as the wealth of wildlife found throughout the country. Movie sets left behind from big cinematographic productions filmed on location in New Zealand also are local sources of tourist attractions.
New Zealand offers beautiful destinations from north to south. On the North Island, Auckland, the country’s largest city, is a must stop with its big city infrastructure offering the best restaurants, hotels, and bars. Tourists can also venture out on boat excursions on the bay and visit small islands with dormant volcanoes. A little to the south of Auckland, the town of Matamata is the perfect destination for fans of the Lord of the Rings and Hobbit trilogies, as it is there that they will find the ranch with Hobbitown, the cinematographic city built especially for filming that is open to the public for visits. Another reference point on the North Island is the city of Rotorua, with its rich Maori cultural heritage. The region smells of sulphur because of its many thermal spas, and it is impossible not to visit the thermal pools and relax with the beautiful view of the mountains. A little farther south, in the region of Waikato, nature lovers can enjoy beautiful scenery with waterfalls and caves that are perfect for rafting and abseiling. At the extreme south of North Island is the capital of New Zealand, the city of Wellington, known for its natural beauty and urban planning.
The South Island, meanwhile, offers beautiful towns with rural charm and extremely friendly inhabitants. In Nelson, visitors can enjoy beautiful beaches in a very rural atmosphere. In Christchurch, one of the island’s main cities, the snow-capped mountains attract sports fans from all over the world. Unfortunately, the city is still recovering from the devastation caused by the earthquake that destroyed a good part of the centre. One of the most visited places in New Zealand is the city of Queenstown, offering many attractions like radical sports. The city has three bungee jumping points, speed boating, rafting and abseiling sites, and local tour operators also offer balloon rides and parachute jumps - the ideal remedy for adrenaline junkies. The city of Duniden is a more peaceful and ideal for wildlife enthusiasts. Here you can take tours to see the penguins, sea lions, and seals that inhabit the local coast. To finish the trip, what better than relaxing in the thermal waters of the city of Hanmer Springs, which boasts a water park full of thermal pools with views of snow-capped mountains and dormant volcanoes. And for the more active, why not rent a tandem bicycle and explore the beauties of the city.