Things to see and do - New Zealand
Leaving for New Zealand
New Zealand Travel guide
New Zealand : Michelin's recommendations
The two islands of New Zealand, in the far Pacific Ocean, boast a string of magnificent untamed landscapes dotted with cities with the look of an English garden. Boundless nature has played all its trumps here, barely affected by urbanisation. Whatever your itinerary, get ready for some breathtaking beaches, pristine archipelagoes and snow-capped peaks.
Witnessing the volcanic effervescence of Roturoa on the North Island is like watching the Earth being born. And seeing the dizzying peaks in the national parks of Fiordland, Aoraki/Mount Cook, Mount Aspiring and Westland on the South Island is sure to make you feel as reverent as the Maoris, the land's first inhabitants, and as bold as the "Kiwis", keen on board and extreme sports. Whether serene or rugged, the coastline from Cape Reinga to Southland and from Paihia to Porpoise Bay is always magnificent.
The return to civilisation is certain to be equally promising. The vibrant cultural life of Auckland and Wellington sparkles with a thousand lights, in its crafts centres such as Coromandel bringing together ceramists, sculptors and glass blowers, and in its wine cellars, for New Zealand wines are now competing well against those from the old continent. The Martinborough Festival, held in November, is a great opportunity to explore their subtle flavours.
New Zealand : Must-see towns and regions
Auckland is a city of the world, an urban patchwork surrounded by the sea and dotted with extinct volcanoes. Over a quarter of the population of New Zealand - Maoris, Polynesians, Asians and Europeans...
Wellington, the country’s political and cultural capital, has everything going for it. Its nightlife and prestigious concerts and museums are only a preview of the possibilities offered by this “San F...
Napier, a gem from the Roaring Twenties, is the most Art Deco city in the world. It owes this to the earthquake that razed its old buildings in 1931, giving way to a new anti-seismic town. The Deco Ce...
Dunedin, the main town in Otago, gets its industrious nature and interest in culture from its Scottish founders. The gold rush left it with an architectural legacy unrivalled in the country. You can s...
Vibrant Paihia is one of the sentinels of the superb Bay of Islands, a popular tourist destination that is the birthplace of New Zealand. On the agenda: dreamy beaches, R&R and deep-sea fishing. From ...
Rotorua is the geothermal and tourist centre of the North Island. Untamed nature is even present in the centre of town in the form of geysers, plumes and boiling mud. There are spas around Lake Rotoru...
Wanaka is a resort for all tastes and seasons, boasting a vast lake, mountains and museums - the New Zealand Fighter Pilots Museum and the Wanaka Transport Museum - and even a vineyard.
Queenstown, between Lake Wakatipu and the Remarkables Range, is the world’s thrills capital, both for the unbelievably beautiful natural setting and for its extreme sports. Opt for the cable car ride ...