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Places To Visit in New Zealand

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Here are the top 51 tourist places in New Zealand

1. Auckland

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Auckland is one of New Zealand's oldest and most historic cities, and also its largest and most populous. It also serves as one of the most important tourist hubs of the country. Situated by 2 large harbours, this vibrant city combines natural beauty and city flamboyance, drawing in visitors for lei...

Best Time: Summer months from December to February

2. Queenstown

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This little town in the Southern Island is not for the faint hearted! With a plethora of activities for the thrill seeker, coupled with some marvellous and picturesque attractions make Queenstown quite a memorable visit.

Best Time: December to February (summers) or June to July (winters)

3. Rotorua

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Considered to be an epitome of the flourishing Maori culture, the tinsel town is set on volcanic landscape and enveloped in stunning mountain peaks, meandering streams, dense woods, mesmerizing waterfalls and several gorgeous fresh water lakes. Popularly known as a ‘geothermal wonderland’, it is hom...

4. Wellington

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Known for its vibrant creative culture that is intensified by the sumptuous cuisine, delicious wine, world class craft beer and kicking coffee, Wellington is the capital city and the most populous urban town in New Zealand. Guarded by majestic mountains and snuggled between cosy hills, the city also...

5. Christchurch

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Christchurch is New Zealand's third largest city and the largest city of the South Island. It is a hub for English culture and heritage in New Zealand, combined with some of the best gardens in the world, earning it international acclaim as the 'Garden City'. The modern buildings of the city, blende...

Best Time: November to April

6. Invercargill

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Southernmost and Westernmost city of New Zealand, Invercargill is also one of the southernmost cities of the world. A commercial centre in the Southland region, Invercargill is rich farmland and is surrounded by conservation land and has a lot of marine reserves.

Best Time: November, March

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7. Gisborne

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Largest settlement in the Gisborne district

Best Time: November, March

8. Te Anau

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A small peaceful town in the south island of New Zealand

Best Time: November, March

9. Dunedin

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Cosily tucked up in the steep hills of the Otago region in the South Island area, Dunedin is the best-kept secret of New Zealand. Named so because of the Gaelic name for Edingburgh, Dun Eidann, the city is also popularly known as the “Edinburgh of New Zealand” and identifies strongly with its Scotti...

10. Tauranga

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Situated in the north-western corner of the Bay of Plenty, Tauranga is the most populous city in the region and the fifth largest urban area in New Zealand. Circumscribed by Auckland, Rotorua and Hamilton, Tauranga is home to some of the world’s most stunning beaches, the majestic Mount Maunganui an...

11. Bastion Point

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Bastion Point is a scenic destination located in Orakei, Auckland, New Zealand. It is basically a vast expanse of coastal land that overlooks the Waitemata Harbour. Its charming surroundings draw a considerable number of visitors each year. Several tour buses often make a pitstop at the harbour for ...

12. Hunua Ranges

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Hunua Ranges are located in the North Island of New Zealand. The destination is situated to the southeast of Auckland City and is a block of hilly terrain that forms the suburb. This destination thus has a rich source of natural reservoirs and dense forests. The place is also sparsely populated whic...

13. Napier

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Burrowed into Hawke’s Bay on New Zealand’s North Island, Napier is the country’s 6th largest urban area. A romantically evocative city replete with buildings that ooze old-world charm and aesthetic, this port-city hugging the North Island’s east coast, lies 300 km away from the capital Wellington. H...

14. Waipara

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Located just 60 kilometres north of the city of Christchurch, the small valley town of Waipara boasts of having the most flavourful and well-made wines in this part of the country. With vineyards that stretch into the distance, surrounded by gentle hills, Waipara is great for a weekend trip, away fr...

15. Kaikoura

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Kaikoura, which lies on the east coast of the South Island of New Zealand, is the perfect place for a weekend getaway from the cities of Picton or Christchurch. It boasts of having the most successful whale and dolphin spotting tours, with an almost hundred per cent spotting rate. One can see variou...

16. Glenorchy

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Located at a short, 45 minute drive from the city of Queensland, the quaint settlement of Glenorchy is the perfect place for a weekend getaway. It is an extremely green and picturesque little town, but has a lot of fun-filled activities that you can enjoy, ranging from kayaking, hiking, skiing, snow...

17. Arrowtown

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Located at just a 20 minute drive from Central Queenstown, the small picturesque settlement of Arrowtown is the perfect place to spend a day at. It is an absolute delight for a nature lover, nestled in the middle of beautiful, green mountains and a serene river. It is a local hotspot for outdoor act...

18. Whakatane

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Lapped in between two other major cities Rotorua and Taurnaga at an equidistance of 90 kilometers, Whakatane is an urban township of New Zealand that has become a major tourist attraction for people wide across. The city houses a resident population of around 19000. Whakatane is known to be the sunn...

19. Karitane

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A small settlement in the premises of Dunedin in New Zealand, Karitane is located a few kilometres to the north of the city. Blessed with a beautiful coastline, Karitane is the centre of many water activities such as Kayaking, scuba diving and fishing charters. Often referred to as the epitome of Sm...

20. Akaroa

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Akaroa, a town in South Island, New Zealand is one of the most historic and bi-cultural places to visit. This town is located on the banks of the peninsula and is Southeast of Christchurch. The main employer industry in Akaroa is tourism, with tourists from across the world working here seasonally, ...

21. Hastings

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Lying in the plains of Heretaunga of the Hawke’s Bay region, Hastings is one of the most populous cities in New Zealand. It’s twin city, Napiers is located at a 9km distance and together they form the bulk of a major population. The combined population of the two cities is around 134000. The distric...

22. Coromandel

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Tucked 170 km away from New Zealand’s capital Auckland, in the northern section of the North Island  amongst pristine beaches and turquoise waters, Coromandel is one of the holiday hotspots to spend your summer in New Zealand. Mile after mile of golden coastline and rich tradition have come to ...

23. Marlborough

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The Marlborough Region, or known more simply just as Marlborough is located just off the northern tip of New Zealand’s South Island, at a distance of nearly 800 km away from Queenstown. The Marlborough Region is known around the world for its famous sprawling vineyards that cultivate and harvest som...

24. Waitomo Caves

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Tucked away beneath the lush hills of Waitomo along the north-western section of the North Island of New Zealand are the Waitomo Caves. A long, serpentine, highly interconnected system of subterranean caves are waiting to be explored by eager tourists from around the world. You can abseil through th...

25. Wanaka

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One of the most prizely-held gems of New Zealand’s South Island is the charming little town of Wanaka, located around 70 km away from the adventure capital of the world, Queenstown. Known before also as Pembroke and built along the banks of the surrounding Lake Wanaka, this characterful lakeside tow...

26. Taupo

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Situated towards the middle of New Zealand’s North Island, located about 270 km south of Auckland. The town is perched on the banks of Lake Taupo which sits on the caldera of the Taupo volcano. The lake sits inside a crater created by a massive volcanic eruption which was so large that the amount of...

27. Lake Tekapo

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Situated just over 200 km south of Christchurch on New Zealand’s fabled South Island, Tekapo and its misty glacial lakes and clear skies makes for a popular tourist destination. The majestic Remarkables mountain range can be seen from across the foggy lake which depicts the start of the Southern Alp...

28. Bay of Islands

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Located over 200 km north of Auckland on New Zealand’s north island lies the tropical haven of the Bay of Islands. Skirting the edge of the northern tip of the island, the Bay of Islands is replete with stunning white sand beaches, perfect surf and a dizzying array of diving opportunities in a part ...

29. Franz Josef Glacier

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A four and a half hour drive from Queenstown leads you to Franz Josef Glacier and to some of the most incredible landscapes on the planet, and in New Zealand, that’s saying quite something. Designated as a World Heritage Area by UNESCO, the town of Franz Josef and the surrounding areas are ripe for ...

30. Hamilton

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Situated on the shores of the Waikato River lies the vibrant and thriving centre of Hamilton. Known as the ‘Gateway to the North Island’, the city is the biggest inland metropolitan area. Hamilton is known for its buzzing youth culture and its multicultural outlook. The city is known for its sprawli...

31. Nelson

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Nestling on the northwestern tip of New Zealand’s North Island is the vibrant  and charming coastal town of Nelson. A stunning landscape and spell-binding views of the ocean and idyllic viewpoints are only the beginning of the allure of Nelson. A thriving local community built on entrepreneursh...

32. Lake-Taupo

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The crowning glory of the Waikato region is Lake Taupo. A sparkling gem set in the heart of the verdant North Island, Lake Taupo is the second largest inland freshwater lake in the geopolitical area. Lake Taupo, measuring around 700 sq. km,  came into existence following a volcanic explosion so...

33. Picton

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This charming town situated on the northern end of New Zealand’s South Island is known for its eclectic personality. The number of boutique cafes that serve up scrumptiously good coffee and food, art galleries, and great restaurants all combine to form a seaside town that has a distinctly unique vib...

34. Hawke's Bay

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Hawke’s Bay is also hugely popular as the site for New Zealand’s Art Deco scene. A huge earthquake rocked Hawke’s Bay during the 1930s and brought the region to its knees. The city was levelled by the earthquake but rebuilding of the crumbled ruins quickly started. The prevailing architectural desig...

35. Matamata

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Located less than 200 km south of Auckland on New Zealand’s North Island, lies the town of Matamata in the Waikato region. The town shot to fame primarily as the location for the set of Peter Jackson’s epic Lord of the Rings and Hobbit trilogies. The location for the set has since been turned into a...

36. Fox Glacier

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Squeezed in between the Franz Josef glacier and its younger, equally impressive Fox glacier is the small township of Fox Glacier. The town’s economy is almost entirely driven by the tourism industry that the glaciers bring. The piercing blue of the deep ice shelves that precede the glacier are views...

37. Abel Tasman National Park

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Sandwiched in between the Golden and Tasman Bays towards South Island’s northern tip lies New Zealand’s smallest national park. While Abel Tasman National Park measures the smallest in terms of square acreage, the park is also one of the country’s most visited tourist destinations and in fact, is Ne...

38. Paihia

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Known as the Gateway to the Bay of Islands, Paihia is located on the far northern tip of New Zealand’s North Island. Situated at a distance of 200 km north of Auckland, Paihia lies at the doorstep of a world of golden, sandy and pristine beaches. Considering the amount of boats and ferries that ply ...

39. Cape Reinga

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Parceled away at the northernmost tip of New Zealand’s North Island, located a 200 km drive away from the capital Auckland lies the quiet fishing town of Cape Reinga. The road to Cape Reinga also allows visitors access to the northernmost tip of New Zealand that the public can reach. Cape Reinga hol...

40. Hokitika

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Known affectionately as New Zealand’s ‘Cool Little Town’, Hokitika is exactly that and so much more. Hugging the South Island’s west coast, little more than 250 km west of Christchurch is New Zealand’s subtle and understated answer to Los Angeles. Miles of golden, sandy beaches are a prominent featu...

41. Stewart Island

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Located just south of New Zealand’s South Island is the country’s third largest island, Stewart Island. Stewart Island can be accessed either via air or via the water. Ferries ply the route across the Foveaux Strait between Bluff, the closest port to Stewart Island, and Stewart Island daily. The jou...

42. Arthur's Pass

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New Zealand is blessed with an abundance of national parks and the township of Arthur’s Pass lies at the doorstep to one of its finest; Arthur’s Pass National Park. Arthur’s Pass itself is rife with spectacular scenery as it snakes nearly a kilometer upwards and through the national park earning it ...

49. Markets

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New Zealand is known for the markets that open mostly on weekends for the locals as well as tourists who frequently shop at these events. Most of these are farmers’ markets or produce markets where growers and farmers and sell their own fresh produce to the customers. These markets are widely popula...

50. Wineries

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New Zealand is known for the variety of high-quality wine being produced in their vineyards. These vineyards are famously known for not adopting the conventional model of growing grapes on a private estate and then manufacturing them into wine with their own equipment. Rather, the contract growing o...

51. Ferrymead Heritage Park

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Ferrymead Heritage Park is a township that features the Edwardian Township belonging to the early 20th Century. Visitors look forward to experiencing the lifestyle of the first inhabitants of Christchurch through a wide range of exhibits at the heritage park. The park occupies an expansive area of l...

FAQs on New Zealand

What is the history of New Zealand?

New Zealand was discovered more than 700 years ago, by the Polynesians. During the 18th century, a lot of navigators and explorers began coming to New Zealand. In 1840, the country was brought into the British Empire, in the form of a signed treaty - the Treaty of Waitangi. The New Zealanders fought for the British in World War I. After the war, however, the New Zealanders signed the Treaty of Versailles and became a part of the League of Nations. Thus, they got to rule independently, but their defense was still in British hands.

What is unique about culture of New Zealand?

New Zealand is a multi-cultural society. It consists of several different ethnic groups. The people of this country are polite and courteous. They always treat guests from other nations and cultures with respect. The indigenous Maori group of New Zealand has had an influence on the overall culture of the country, in terms of art, language and even accents. Christianity is the dominant religion of this country. A lot of people also follow Hinduism. English is the most commonly spoken language here. However, the official languages are Maori and the New Zealand Sign Language.

What is the currency of New Zealand?

New Zealand Dollar is the national currency. Frequently used denominations regarding bank notes are NZD 5, NZD 10, NZD 20 and NZD 50. Other types of foreign currency are not readily accepted here unless you're offering it at big hotels and banks. ATMs are also available here.

How is New Zealand divided into regions?

New Zealand's regions include North Island, South Island and the Offshore Islands. North Island has a lot of sandy beaches, forests and volcanic peaks. South Island comprises of beech trees, glaciers, mountains and trails that you can bike along. The Offshore Islands are said to be the wild islands of New Zealand and include Stewart Island, the Sub-Antarctic and Kermadecs.
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