As if the breathtaking glory of Ninety Mile Beach wasn’t enough, right at the northern end, near the Te Paki Stream, are some seriously steep and seriously fun sand dunes.
If you’re a grown-up Kiwi and you haven’t been here yet: shame, bro!
Embrace nineteenth-century New Zealand and discover the place where Maori and Europeans first lived side by side.
Relax and rejuvenate in the most laid-back harbour hub imaginable.
Marvel at pods of wild dolphins, migratory orca, seals and blue penguins in the pristine big blue yonder.
Feel a world away, retreat into lazy days and drift from vineyard, olive grove to beach on Waiheke.
Walk the rugged cliff top from Bethells Beach/Te Henga to Murawai and drink in the most epic views of Auckland's wild west coast.
Follow the course of the Ohinemuri River and walk or ride through jurassic-looking, bush-clad trails at the heart of the Coromandel's gold-mining history.
Savour native woodland and gardens of the world beyond through beautifully curated spaces inspired by Europe, India and Asia.
They get to the point, in this part of the world, but the simple factual accuracy of the name of this event does not do justice to its colour, glamour and excitement.
Feel the raw energy and explosive power of the largest geyser in the southern hemisphere at Te Whakarewarewa, a living thermal Maori village.
Soak in naturally heated mineral pools while you look out over the lake, take a twilight mud bath, or bathe under a waterfall in a natural hot spring.
Breathe in the fresh woody air of Whakarewarewa Forest as you explore the biking, walking or horse-riding trails or traverse the canopy of these mighty Californian coastal redwood trees.
Walk through this World Heritage Area of steep climbs, volcanic giants, capricious weather, sheer beauty, alpine lakes and make memories you will treasure forever.
Enjoy the magnificence of thousands of litres of water squeezing and surging through a 15-metre rocky gorge into heart-stirring rapids and a waterfall you'll be hard pressed not to photograph.
Writer Michael Larsen rides through ancient podocarp forest, over some of New Zealand's longest and highest suspension bridges and along an old bush tramway following the hard-fought footsteps of early loggers . . .
Drive this remote 150-kilometre highway and pass over four mountain saddles, through a mysterious one-lane tunnel and along a meandering river gorge.
Tip your hat to architect Herbert Hall of Timaru who harnessed the iconic, neo-Georgian style and grandeur of European mountain and Canadian lakeside chateaus and delivered the goods in full to the foot of Ruapehu.
Head to East Egmont and walk the Kamahi Loop Track to the renowned Goblin Forest where twisted kamahi trunks lead the way through one of New Zealand's most epic, lush and fantastical natural spaces.
Celebrate Modernist filmmaker, sculptor, painter and poet Len Lye in this striking single-artist gallery, finalist in the World Architecture Festival Awards, and central to New Plymouth's art and cultural precinct.
Traverse beautiful coastline, riverbeds, rolling pastures and native bush before taking in panoramic views and experiencing the exhilarating sight and sound of 20,000 gannets.
Reach the enigmatic Bridge to Nowhere by walking or biking the Kaiwhakauka Track or navigating the Whanganui River to the Mangapurua Landing and taking a gentle 40-minute walk through beautiful native bush
Pukaha Mount Bruce National Wildlife Centre: all that’s good and great and native in the avian category
Climb to the summit of Te Arapiki o Tawhaki for impressive views and experience New Zealand as it used to be on the way with wild kaka, kokako, stichbird, takahe, kakariki and ancient tuatara.
Discover a perfect getaway of blissful walks, long, languorous beaches, exquisite sunrises, sheltered lagoons and fossil-rich reefs . . . and of course the prettiest lighthouse, fondly and simply known by locals as 'holiday light'.
Climb the steps of Cape Palliser lighthouse and immerse yourself in the rugged charm of Ngawi fishing village, home to the charming lotto pirate ship and the North Island's southernmost point, where there are more tractors hauling crayfish boats in and out of Cook Strait than people.
Enjoy the 70-kilometre rite of passage for any Kiwi of merit through the Roaring Forties and one of the world’s roughest and most unpredictable stretches of water to the spectacular beauty and calm of the Marlbourough Sound.
Explore this waharoa to our natural and cultural heritage, home to three rugby fields' worth of beautifully crafted space, untold treasures and fascinating stories, including the ground-breaking Gallipoli: The scale of our war.
Reckon on a kaka landing on your shoulder or a weka scurrying over your feet, all to the calls of kakariki, bellbird, robin and saddleback.
Explore the world’s first fully-fenced urban ecosanctuary, with more than 30 kilometres of walking tracks and ample opportunities to spot tuatara, kiwi, hihi, saddleback and tui.
You’ve wandered among the wildlife at Zealandia, you’ve soaked up the citylife along the waterfront, observed bustling bureaucracy at the Beehive: now, you are ready to rock!
Walk or bike between Queen Charlotte and Keneperu sounds and go as hard out or as comfy as you like in this slice of paradise with a seamless network of camping spots, resorts and lodges en route along with water and pack transfers when you need them.
Explore this enchanted, rocky gorge, an easy drive between Blenheim and Nelson, with its crystal clear river and towering, ancient forests where the dwarves and hobbits of The Hobbit floated downstream in their barrels before drifting ashore on to its sandy beach.
Fail to sample the local sauvignon blanc on its home turf and miss out on sipping the exuberant and intense varietal in the sacred space that first introduced New Zealand wine to the world.
Kayaking the Abel Tasman: sheltered coves, granite-fringed headlands, crystal streams and exquisite beaches
Kayak the coastline of Abel Tasman, our smallest national park, and enjoy this absolute giant of exquisite sheltered coves, granite-fringed headlands, crystal clear streams and exquisite sandy beaches.
Watch the white sand of the lake bed dance in near-optically pure water at the sacred ‘Place of the Dancing Sands', the largest freshwater springs in the southern hemisphere.
Experience the striking landforms of Wharakiki Beach before travelling out along the longest natural sandbar in the world and sanctuary to over 90 bird species, including bar-tailed godwits, knots, curlews, whimbrels and turnstones.
Camping in Golden Bay: a pristine paradise of golden beaches, alpine valleys, tranquil rivers and ocean
Base yourself under canvas in a pristine paradise of golden beaches, alpine valleys, tranquil rivers and ocean as far as the eye can see.
Nelson Lakes National Park lies at the head of the Southern Alps and features majestic mountain ranges, with the breathtaking lakes Rotoroa and Rotoiti at its very heart.
The Hikurangi Trench, about 80km off the coast of Kaikoura and 3.5km deep, is home to a wealth of deep-sea marine life, including sperm whales, orca, blue whales and humpback whales.
Tear yourself away from the spectacular views along The Great Coast Road and take a detour back in time to Denniston, a near-deserted mining town on a bleak, windswept 600-metre plateau, once home to the richest coal-mining seams and the infamous 45-degree Denniston incline.
Experience two of the 140 glaciers that flow from the Southern Alps in this dynamic environment where huge tongues of ice cut through valleys and make for a spectacular sight in the form of the Fox Glacier/Te Moeka o Tuawe and Franz Josef Glacier/Ka Roimata o Hine Hukatere.
Park up on the main highway at Punakaiki and enjoy an easy 20-minute walk into an ancient world of pancake-shaped rock formations 30 million years in the making, along with mighty blowholes and terrific surge pool.
Drive five kilometres west of Fox Glacier township and say hallo to Lake Matheson, a photographer’s dream nestled in ancient forest, best viewed at sunrise and sunset when still waters reflect a near-perfect image of snow-capped Aoraki Mount Cook .
Explore the lagoon and river channels by kayak and journey through this divine wetland wilderness into the heart of the rainforest.
Stop off on State Highway 6 and swing into action in the deep, meandering canyon below where you can zipline your way across the gorge, raft white water rapids, jump on a jet boat or experience our longest swingbridge spanning the mighty Buller River.
Drive the length of the South Island, skirting the West Coast and traversing through the Southern Alps, and experience bountiful roadtripping at its very best.
Discover pristine rainforest, limestone caves with cathedral-like passages and magnificent, magical arches on guided walks through this treasure-chest nook of the Kahurangi National Park.
If the title of this startling event has you thinking of folksy folk united and assembled in a be-sandalled mass in the city’s squares, well, you need to think again, friend.
Soothe the soul in world-class thermal pools nestled in a tranquil alpine, high-country spa village flanked by towering mountains.
Take an easy drive south-east of Christchurch and discover the charming township of Akaroa on ancient, volcanic Banks Peninusla, where sheltered harbour, French heritage, colonial architecture and a passion for fine food fuse perfectly together.
See the rare but spectacular Aurora Australis from the only dark sky reserve in the southern hemisphere, the 4300-square kilometre UNESCO Aoraki Mackenzie International Dark Sky Reserve, which includes Aoraki Mount Cook National Park and the villages of Lake Tekapo, Twizel and Mount Cook.
Visit this iconic church set above the shoreline and stunning views of Lake Tekapo, built in 1935 from local, unchipped rocks found in the area, as a memorial to the pioneers and hardy souls of the Aoraki Mount Cook Mackenzie region.
Feast on one breath-taking view after another on one of the greatest rail journeys in the world, drinking in rolling farmland, snow-capped mountains, deep gorges, serene, ice-fed rivers and lush rainforests, all from the comfort of your seat.
This isn’t a couple of cute billboard-type pieces put up in obvious places. This is a thing. There is even a map which shows where the major outdoor artworks in this city are located.
Explore stunning snowy mountainscapes, turquoise glacier-fed lakes and the snow tussock grassland of the alpine valley floor where access to breathtaking landscapes and the Kiwi spirit of adventure is endless.
The Grand Traverse is a spectacular scenic flight that explores the Aoraki Mt Cook and Westland Tai Poutini national park, covering about 200km of unforgettable scenery.
Slightly eccentric, Oamaru is one of those not-as-it-first-seems places. The surprises are all good ones, though!
Make the most of the photo op with these huge, marble-like boulders, best seen as low tide, strewn along windswept Koekohe Beach like fanstastically giant turtle eggs.
Queenstown Hill, just out of town, is more than worth a peek, and you can make its peak in an hour if you get a wriggle on, and check out the series of information panels showcasing the past, present and predicted future of this stunning part of the world.
Climb aboard the elegant ‘Lady of the Lake’, the last remaining coal-fired steamship operating in the southern hemisphere, marvel at the scenery, sip on a glass of the finest local wine and enjoy every second of the 90-minute cruise across Lake Wakatipu.
Mate. Mayyyyyyyyyyyte! The drive there, to the slightly preposterous-sounding Raspberry Creek Car Park, is almost as energy-sapping as the walk to the top of the glacier. But it's worth it for one of the region’s most stunning walks.
The Otago Central Rail Trail is an achievement, an acknowledgement that it’s not just hardy souls and fitness nuts who like to hike the landscape. It’s 150km from Middlemarch to Clyde and takes in just about everything that’s stunning about Central Otago.
If you want your senses drenched in Fiordland’s wilderness, vastness and beauty, without being drenched in that seemingly perpetual rain, take the Piopiotahi Highway.
One of the country’s most famous walks so, let’s get the house- (or hut-) keeping out of the way first: you’ll need to book in the heavy season.
‘The most accessible wildlife in the South Island’ is the catch-cry here. Well, there are wheeling seabirds, honking sea lions and all manner of other natural noises, but you get the point.
See, it’s that whole food in situ thing again. Where are the internationally renowned delicacy known as Bluff oysters likely to taste best? Bluff, did you say? You’re good at this! Exactly.