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With snow-capped peaks, primeval forests, and active volcanoes, New Zealand’s stunning natural diversity has played a staring role in movies like Avatar and The Lord of the Rings trilogy. It’s not just movie directors who are drawn here; outdoors enthusiasts also come in droves to trek mountains, ski glaciers, abseil into limestone caves and experience white-knuckle rides down river rapids. With Maori society dating back over 700 years, and English settlement almost 200, Aotearoa, as New Zealand is traditionally known, is a place of diverse cultural riches too.
At the top of the North Island, discover the “City of Sails”, Auckland, then lose yourself in the fabulous Bay of Islands. Just to the south, the geysers and bubbling mud pools of Rotorua await. Visit the Whakarewarewa Thermal Village to learn how the Maori coexist with the unpredictable nature of the landscape. Near the North Island’s center, hike through herb fields and forests near the active volcanoes of Tongariro National Park.
New Zealand’s political and cultural capital Wellington, sits at the southern tip of the North Island. Ride the Wellington Cable Car, tour the city’s museums and galleries, and order a short black in Cuba Street, the city's bohemian enclave.
From Wellington, it’s just a short ferry ride to the South Island. Explore the glaciers and lakes of the Mount Cook region or take a TranzAlpine rail journey though Arthurs Pass. If you’re into mountain biking or skiing, carve up the slopes around Queenstown, or saddle up for a multi-day adventure along the Otago Rail Trail. New Zealand is the birthplace of bungee jumping, so leap off the Kawarau Gorge Suspension Bridge, or take a jet-boat ride through the swirling waters below. For a change of pace, paddle a sea kayak across the pure waters and silence of Milford Sound.
Located in the southwestern Pacific Ocean, New Zealand is a three-hour flight from Australia. Its major cities have direct connections to over 20 major cities worldwide.
A: Get a rental car and travel about like a local, not a tourist. Jump into the driver's seat and discover everything that Auckland and Wellington have to offer, from major attractions to off-the-beaten-path gems. Your own set of wheels is also a must if your plan is to road trip around the region of New Zealand or farther afield. Cheap Car Hire in New Zealand? We can help.
A: Here's a list of airports that operate international flights in New Zealand:
A: Some of the most readily available types of accommodation in New Zealand include motels, private holiday homes and bed & breakfasts. You might also like to choose one of the apartments. You'll find all of these property types when you book with Expedia.
A: Experiences and activities close by? Check. Airfares? Yes. A snazzy set of wheels? Of course. And after a big day of travelling, you'll be eager for a cosy room to unwind. We've got it all covered. Lock in what you need and get ready for a memorable New Zealand getaway.
A: The simplest way to save dollars is to bundle your bookings with the help of Expedia. Flights, Hotels and Car Rentals can all be quickly combined into a neat little holiday package — and by doing this, you'll save some time as well. Keep this in mind before you book.
A: Sky Tower, University of Auckland and Kelly Tarlton's Underwater World — if Auckland is on your itinerary, be sure to check out these renowned attractions. We promise you won't regret it.
Wellington is another popular place with plenty to keep you busy. Be sure to visit Te Papa (Museum of New Zealand), Westpac Stadium and Courtenay Place while you're in town.
Yet another exciting city with plenty on offer is Christchurch. Don't forget to see New Brighton Beach, Mona Vale and Lyttelton Harbour.
Loved the view and the indoor pools. Front desk was very helpful when we couldn’t fit our oversized van in the underneath parking.
Fantastic hotel. The rooms were lovely. The beds were comfortable. Lovely outlook.
Very hand to everything and very clean. Had a nice glass of wine and entree in the bar/ restaurant.
Great place to stay when visiting Auckland, rooms are great and the staff are extremely helpful. Everything you need is under one roof.