New Zealand repeatedly features in the top ten places to visit – and you never meet anyone who has been and doesn’t love the place. With craggy coastlines, sweeping beaches, primeval forests, snowcapped mountains and impressive geysers, the scenery is truly majestic. The country comes inhabited by unique wildlife, while penguins, whales and seals ring the coast. New Zealand’s first settlers, the Maori, retain distinct and fascinating customs overlaid by colonial European and increasingly Asian cultures that together create a vibrant, if understated, urban life. From the finest seafood restaurants to the hike of a lifetime, New Zealand has it all.

Whether visiting cosmopolitan Auckland or trendy Wellington, driving the length of Ninety Mile Beach, or kayaking the waters of stunning Abel Tasman National Park, our map of New Zealand will help you plan your trip to generous and friendly country.

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Quiz: where should you go for an adventure in New Zealand?

Quiz: where should you go for an adventure in New Zealand?

With spectacular mountains, incredible lakes and sprawling national parks, New Zealand makes for the adventure of a lifetime. The locals call it “Godzone” (…

15 Dec 2017 • Aimee White help Quiz
Everything you need to know about backpacking New Zealand

Everything you need to know about backpacking New Zealand

New Zealand’s craggy coastline and beautiful national parks beg to be explored. The scenery gets more spectacular around every corner, with beaches, vineyards…

21 Nov 2017 • Rachel Mills insert_drive_file Article
The most beautiful country in the world – as voted by you

The most beautiful country in the world – as voted by you

There's nothing like an amazing view to inspire you to book your next trip, whether you're drawn by rolling countryside, isolated islands or soaring mountain …

30 Aug 2017 • Rough Guides Editors camera_alt Gallery
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