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    Abel Tasman National Park

    5
    12 reviews

    Grab your friends, a swimsuit and backpack and sleep under the stars in coastal paradise. Situated in New Zealand’s sunniest region at the top of the South Island, this national park is a nature lovers dream, surrounded by sandy beaches and lush rainforest. Camp, hike, kayak, swim with fur seals and stop for beach picnics along the way. If you ...

  • 2

    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.

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    Milford Sound

    5
    36 reviews

    Milford Sound is one of THE iconic New Zealand landscapes. You'll see it on posters, the cover of travel guides and all over the internet. Just because you think you've seen it, doesn't mean you should skip it! This outstanding natural phenomenon is one of the most aesthetic places I've ever been - and I specialize in beautiful places!

  • 4

    Tongariro National Park

    4.5
    8 reviews

    This amazing national park is a hikers delight. So iconic Mount Tongariro, Peter Jackson used it as the stand-in for Mount Doom! Don't be afraid though - this volcano hasn't erupted - for a while.

  • 5

    Punakaiki

    5
    4 reviews
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    Lake Pukaki

    5
    7 reviews

    The water is a brilliant turquoise and the scenery breathtaking! The Southern Alps form a perfect backdrop to this lake and the drive from lake Pukaki to lake Tekapo must not be missed.

  • 7

    Raglan

    5
    5 reviews

    I recommend this to anyone who loves the beach and is looking for some down time on their NZ vacation. Raglan has the right level of day-time buzz that starts to slow down when the evening sets in. Town activities revolve mostly around sea sports like kite boarding, Stand Up Paddle, Kayaking, Surfing... It's not hard to get to but ...

  • 8

    Auckland

    4.5
    123 reviews

    Most of the population of New Zealand live in and around the city of Auckland but New Zealand is not known for its cities. I spent about a week in Auckland total on three different stops. It's a cute little city to spend a day or two in but I wouldn't concentrate a trip to NZ in the city.

  • 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

    Queenstown

    4.5
    91 reviews

    Get your heart racing in stunning Queenstown, the ‘Adrenaline Capitol of the World’. From sky diving and bungy jumping to rafting and jet boating, the options are endless. This stunning four-season lake and alpine resort town is fantastically scenic and a haven for every kind of outdoor activity you can imagine. Surrounded by majestic mountains and nestled on the shores ...

  • 12

    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 ...

  • 13

    Wellington

    4
    54 reviews

    Nothing like your average capital city full of big government buildings. Wellington is beautiful and lively! Even from the little time I spent there I could tell Wellington is somewhere I would love to live! The only exception for me was that it was chilly there even in summer. But still I really loved the vibe! Wellington is definitely one ...

  • 14

    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 ...

  • 15

    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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    Christchurch

    4
    50 reviews

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

  • 17

    Rotorua

    4.5
    46 reviews

    Who says the South Island has all of New Zealand's natural beauty? Rotorua is cool. Or, rather, hot. And steamy. Filled with geothermal activity, natural hot springs, natural extremely hot springs (like, hundreds of degrees hot), and all sorts of biking and hiking trails, the area is a outdoor lover's dream. Plus, there's plenty of Maori cultural activities and great ...

  • 18

    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 ...

  • 19

    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.

  • 20

    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. ...

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