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  • 1

    Auckland

    4.5
    123 reviews

    Ofcourse trip to New Zealand is never complete without visiting this place!

  • 2

    Milford Sound

    5
    36 reviews

    Scenic and serene with an occasional waterfall to make things interesting. The fjords in Milford Sound is stunning! The best way to see it is of course by waterways. When we went, we took a locally run cruise tour. While it was a relaxing ride and informative, I cannot help but think the damage all these tourist cruises might be ...

  • 3

    Tutukaka

    5
    1 review

    the really great views to the ocean, watching the orka's...it is just so good to be there

  • 4

    Wellington

    4
    54 reviews

    For a pastoral and nature infused country, Wellington is the urban heart of the nation. Hipster bars, amazing dining and enough art culture to push start the Lord of the Rings franchise.

  • 5

    Rotorua

    4.5
    46 reviews

    Rotorua is the centre for Maori culture in New Zealand. If you're looking to immerse yourself into the depths of this fascinating culture a stop in Rotorua is the best place to start. While you're there don't forget to check out the thermal wonders and go for a mountain bike ride - both are top notch.

  • 6

    Raglan

    5
    5 reviews

    Raglan is a charming little town on the sea. The tiny streets bustle with bohemian surf culture and a chilled out vibe. If your a surfer don't forget your board - the break here has been called the best lefthander in the world!

  • 7

    Akaroa

    5
    8 reviews

    Akaroa is a beautiful town on the Banks Peninsula, near Christchurch, in the South Island of NZ. While the remainder of the country was settled by the English, Akaroa was settled by the French. This means it's a town filled with the lilt of French, French restaurants and a very different feel compared to the rest of NZ.

  • 8

    Russell

    4
    6 reviews

    This little town in the Bay of Islands, NZ is a must see. The best part about Russell is what there is to do there - nothing. Little, laid back, sunny, right on the sea - perfect!

  • 9

    Picton

    4.5
    4 reviews

    There is really not much of anything to Picton other than the fact that the inter-island ferry stops there. One of the best things about the town is the approach on the ferry through to the town through the sounds.

  • 10

    Havelock

    4
    2 reviews

    Got a great recommendation when we were in Picton. Havelock is a little port town on the way between Picton and Nelson on the north coast of the South Island. There isn't much to do there but there is a very nice restaurant called the Slip Inn with some of the most delicious mussel dishes I have ever had! Great ...

  • 11

    Matamata

    4
    4 reviews

    want to come to the place that Frodo and Bilbo call home? Come to Matamata where the iconic Hobiton was built for the Lord of the Rings and Hobbit films.

  • 12

    Queenstown

    4.5
    91 reviews

    You should definitely go to the South island and visit this place. Also, from here you can go to Invercargill and Dunedin too.

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  • 13

    Christchurch

    4
    50 reviews

    it depends on whatv you are wanting to do but is good

  • 14

    Wanaka

    4.5
    20 reviews

    This mid-sized town on the South Island of New Zealand is postcard perfect. Situated on a lake with snow-capped peaks surrounding it's the perfect jumping off point for mountain adventures like hiking, camping and skiing.

  • 15

    Waiheke Island

    5
    14 reviews

    Must do trip from the North Island. You can do a day trip but I recommend at least one night. Perhaps two. Spectacular beaches on a friendly little island filled with great grapes, oysters, and ridiculously good restaurants @ cellars doors (Mud Brick bistro I'm looking @ You!). If you like wine, beaches, olives, farmers markets or sailing you need ...

  • 16

    Fox Glacier

    4.5
    9 reviews

    After a sunrise stroll near Lake Matheson (great photo opportunities if weather is good), try the restaurant nearby (we had both breakfast and a sunset dinner there) and then walk up to view Fox Glacier from the south trail. It is a 60 min walk each direction through a nice trail, over several bridges and ends with a fantastic view ...

  • 17

    Kaikoura

    4.5
    21 reviews

    Set against a dramatic backdrop where rugged mountains meet the sea, the picturesque town of Kaikoura is famous for whale watching, among other wildlife encounters. Whale watching trips leave the town several times a day and the local seal colony is always entertaining. There are also plenty of cafés, restaurants and shops to explore. Don’t miss feasting on a plate ...

  • 18

    Lake Tekapo

    4.5
    14 reviews

    One of the most beautiful place to enjoy a sunset and a sunrise. I stayed there for a night on the way to Christchurch from Queenstown.

  • 19

    Taupo

    4.5
    11 reviews

    You know what I love? Water. Lots of it. Preferably in oceanic form, but I'll take it however I can get it: cascading down a cliff, rushing as a river, even lazing peacefully inside a lake (although add a few mountains as scenic backdrop, and I might even up lakes a few notches). Lake Taupo is everything good about water. ...

  • 20

    Napier

    5
    12 reviews

    Art Deco buildings, fabulous weather most of the year round, diverse beaches, close to many decent wineries, definitely worthwhile visit.

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