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Outdoor enthusiasts flock to Queenstown for heart-pumping sports: kayaking,... more
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Queenstown
Outdoor enthusiasts flock to Queenstown for heart-pumping sports: kayaking, bungee jumping, jetboating, white-water rafting, hiking and skiing. More mild-mannered adventurers can take a quiet cruise through nearby Milford Sound, part of the Fjordland National Park World Heritage area, or sample South Island pinot noir from one of the region's 75 wineries. But for many, the biggest attraction of this Travellers' Choice Award-winning resort town is its role in cinema history: much of the Lord of the Rings film trilogy was filmed in the area.
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Far more than a base camp for New Zealand exploration, the "City of 100 Lovers",... more
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Auckland
Far more than a base camp for New Zealand exploration, the "City of 100 Lovers", as it is called in the Maori language, offers top-notch museums, scenic islands and a richly diverse cultural mix. Free City Circuit buses circle city-centre locations. Experience Maori influences at Auckland Museum, find Polynesian handicrafts at Otara Market or people-watch in bustling Ponsonby and Parnell. Outdoor enthusiasts will find a mélange of adventure, from kayaking and sailing to high-octane bungee jumping.
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Rotorua's rotten-egg aroma is the only downside to its position on a volcanic... more
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Rotorua
Rotorua's rotten-egg aroma is the only downside to its position on a volcanic fault line. With 13 freshwater lakes within 20 minutes, Rotorua is all about getting outside - and getting muddy. There is a profusion of places to experience bubbling mud and geysers in "Rotovegas", the area at the top of Fenton Street. Once you've made the most of the mud, soar nearly 2000 feet on the Skyline Gondola for views of Lake Rotorua. Discover the lakes by paddle steamer, fishing charter or WWII amphibious vehicle.
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This adrenaline-pumping city offers an abundance of skydiving, jetboating and... more
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Taupo
This adrenaline-pumping city offers an abundance of skydiving, jetboating and bungee jumping. Discover the marvels of Orakei Korako thermal park, featuring caves, hot springs and boiling mud pools. Gaze across Lake Taupo to see the spectacular volcanic mountains of Tongariro National Park, and make sure to visit Huka Falls, one of the great watery wonders of New Zealand.
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Named capital of New Zealand in 1865, Wellington was first settled by the Maori... more
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Wellington
Named capital of New Zealand in 1865, Wellington was first settled by the Maori around the 11th century. Europeans arrived in the mid-1800s. The compact centre is easy to explore on foot. Take a nocturnal tour of Karori Wildlife Sanctuary to meet some colourful inhabitants. People-watch while sipping coffee in lively Courtney Place. Discover the city's Maori roots at the Museum of Wellington City & Sea, plus more of its identity at the Museum of New Zealand. Survey the city from scenic Mount Victoria.
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Rare yellow-eyed penguins, fur seals and the world's only mainland albatross... more
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Dunedin
Rare yellow-eyed penguins, fur seals and the world's only mainland albatross colony share residence in Dunedin, New Zealand's oldest city. When you're not watching wildlife, this South Island Otago Coast town also boasts impressive historic architecture from its days as a gold-rush mecca. Visit the 1906 Flemish Renaissance railway station or the country's largest center of higher learning, which resembles Glasgow University, thanks to the area's early Scottish settlers.
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Christchurch, known as The Garden City, is New Zealand’s second-largest urban... more
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Christchurch
Christchurch, known as The Garden City, is New Zealand’s second-largest urban area. There are few places in the world where, within two hours of an international airport, you can ski at a world-class alpine resort, golf, bungee jump, go rafting, mountain biking, wind surfing, whale watching and soak in natural thermal pools. There are nine surrounding districts within the Canterbury region presenting a remarkable diversity of landscapes and activities. Christchurch City has begun to rebuild after an earthquake in February, 2011. While some parts of the city remain cordoned off, most visitor services are open. If you've visited before, your experience will be different but you'll see that the city still has a lot to offer. Many visitor services, including bus services, the International Airport, accommodation, visitor attractions and visitor information services, are open. Christchurch remains New Zealand’s gateway to the amazing experiences on offer in Canterbury and the wider South Island.
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Nelson’s thriving arts and music scene has helped to establish it as a... more
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Nelson
Nelson’s thriving arts and music scene has helped to establish it as a destination for free spirits and art-lovers. Festivals, studios, galleries, craft markets… Every cranny of this South Island city seems to buzz with artistic energy. Lord of the Rings fans will flip for the Jens Hansen workshop in Trafalgar Square—Hansen is the goldsmith who designed the “precious” guarded by Frodo in the LOTR films.
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The lush parks and golden beaches of Tauranga make it a popular destination for... more
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Tauranga
The lush parks and golden beaches of Tauranga make it a popular destination for outdoorsy folks and watersports lovers. Here on New Zealand’s North Island, you’ll find a variety of opportunities for surfing, white water rafting, kiteboarding, hiking and golfing. Take a refreshing dip in the swimming holes by Kaiate Falls, which cascade beautifully over the bluffs. Families might like to visit one of Tauranga’s amusement park, take a guided nature tour or swim with dolphins in the Bay of Plenty.
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The South Island town of Wanaka appeals to both adventure lovers and... more
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Wanaka
The South Island town of Wanaka appeals to both adventure lovers and relaxation-minded travellers. Situated on the crystal-clear waters of New Zealand's fourth-largest lake, just a short drive from Mount Aspiring National Park, Wanaka is an ideal spot to go fishing, hiking, skiing, wine-tasting or golfing. The city also hosts Warbirds Over Wanaka, the largest three-day air show in the Southern Hemisphere.
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