14 quirky gems to discover around New Zealand

Curious, delightful, wacky and weird, New Zealand has many quirky attractions worth a detour.


Make friends with the delightfully fluffy alpacas in Akaroa. © ChristchurchNZ

From exploring our cities to outdoor adventures; our top picks for family fun, insights from local insiders or the best places to eat and drink – you'll find it all on the road. 

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Loved by the locals: Port Chalmers

Starting from the historic Town Hall and Library building, this four-kilometre constitutional is a rolling cross-section of harbourside life and...

Indulge: food and drink in Dunedin

The iconic Speight’s brewery arrived in 1876, but the more refined and experimental end of the beer boom now take...

Five great days out with kids in Taupō

The Huka Falls are a must-see.

Indulge: food and drink in Coromandel

What began as a humble home-brew project by Brits-turned-Kiwis Neil and Karen Vowles has grown into the very popular Coromandel...

Indulge: food and drink in Nelson

The top of Trafalgar Street is well known for its bars, cafés and high-end restaurants.

Five picks for a weekend in Wellington

Toi Art is Te Papa’s extensive gallery space, featuring prominent New Zealand artists alongside work from some of the world’s...

Get outside: 10 cycling adventures for Autumn

Whether you’re exploring city streets, tackling a Great Ride or hitting the mountain bike trails, Autumn is a fantastic time...

Five free things to do in Rotorua

The North Island's geothermal hotspot is renowned for its adventure activities and tourist attractions.

Five great days out with kids in Coromandel

The Coromandel’s recent history is dusted in gold.


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