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Wellington is a pretty harbour city with a thriving cultural scene. Its compact downtown area is easy to explore, filled with boutique eateries and markets.

Whanganui River - Photo: PK2893/Bigstock.com


The coastal city of Whanganui (Wanganui) is the southern gateway to the popular Whanganui Journey, a multi-day kayak and camping experience.

Arapuke Park - Photo: ManawatuNZ


An iconic feature, Te Apiti – Manawatu Gorge divides the Tararua and Ruahine mountain ranges and has long been a link between east and west.

Castlepoint Lighthouse - Photo: TravellingLight/Bigstock.com


Once known for its meat and butter, Wairarapa is a popular holiday spot and an important wine making region with a few scenic gems for the adventurous.

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Mt Taranaki (Mt Egmont) is a dramatic feature of the Taranaki region but there's more to see with over 150 km of rugged coastline and beautiful beaches.

Tongariro Alpine Crossing - Photo: Boysloso/Bigstock.com


The Ruapehu region is home to the Tongariro National Park, a World Heritage area dominated by volcanic peaks and crystal clear rivers and lakes.

Kuirau Park Rotorua - Photo: Adrian Hodge


Located on one of the world’s most lively geothermal fields, Rotorua offers an interesting mix of adventure, relaxation and the smell of rotten eggs.

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Carved by glaciers over 100,000 years to form deep fiords and mountain peaks, Fiordland is one of New Zealand’s most breathtakingly beautiful regions.

Wharariki Beach - Photo: TravellingLight/Bigstock.com

Nelson & Tasman

This region, at the top of the South Island, is home to three national parks and two Great Walks, making it a popular destination for adventurers.

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An important wine region, the waterways of the Marlborough Sounds are the first thing you'll encounter when arriving by ferry from the North Island.