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  • 1 Auckland Art Gallery Interesting

    Museums and art

    Angle de Wellesley and Lorne St. NZL - Auckland

    The thriving Auckland Art Gallery is a must if you're eager to learn more about New Zealand art from its origins to the present day. Its neighbour, the New Gallery, is devoted to the contemporary era. International masters have been added to the fine..

  • 2 Auckland War Memorial Museum Interesting

    Museums and art

    The Auckland Domain NZL - Auckland

    The Auckland War Memorial Museum, dedicated to victims of the First World War, stands in the verdant Auckland Domain. Its Neoclassical façade also contains fascinating ethnological and scientific collections as well as exceptional Maori objects. Chil..

  • 3 Kelly Tarlton's Sea Life Aquarium Interesting

    Industrial tourism and theme park

    23 Tamaki Drive NZL - Auckland

    Kelly Tarlton's Antarctic Encounter and Underwater World is sensational and pedagogical. After a tracked vehicle tour of the penguins on their ice floe, you'll walk amongst the marine animals in a transparent tunnel. You'll never again see a shark th..

  • 4 Piha Interesting

    Nature and gardens

    NZL - Auckland

    Untamed nature takes over in the outskirts of Auckland along the capricious Tasmanian Sea. The waves break on popular Piha Beach (be careful here), superbly framed by Whatipu, Karekare (filmed in The Piano), Bethells Beach and Muriwai Beach.

  • 5 Cape Reinga Interesting

    Nature and gardens

    NZL - Te Paki

    Imposing Cape Reinga, at the northern tip of the country, is a site steeped in Maori beliefs. This is where the souls of the deceased are believed to depart from on their journey to the Hawaiki of their ancestors. The stormy boundary between the Paci..

  • 6 Ninety Mile Beach Interesting

    Nature and gardens

    NZL - Ngataki

    Ninety Mile Beach south of Cape Reinga holds a national record. With its 88km of sand and dunes stretching along the west coast, it is the country's longest beach, attracting fishing, swimming, cycling and mountain biking enthusiasts - a boundless sp..

  • 7 Coromandel Peninsula Interesting

    Nature and gardens

    NZL - Coromandel

    In the 19C this strip of volcanic land, washed by the Pacific, was seized with gold fever. Nowadays Coromandel lives from tourism, fostered by its landscapes, magnificent beaches (Cathedral Cove) and prolific arts and crafts (in Coromandel).

  • 8 Bay of Plenty Interesting

    Nature and gardens

    NZL - Tauranga

    The Bay of Plenty, well named by Captain Cook, curves around the eastern side of the Coromandel Peninsula. It is dotted with superb beaches and marinas, and is also a centre for kiwi production (in Te Puke). Tauranga is its dynamic yet relaxing capit..

  • 9 Whakarewarewa Thermal Village Interesting

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    NZL - Rotorua

    A visit to Whakarewarewa, where the Maoris have long enjoyed the natural springs, will give you an idea of the thermal activity of Rotorua. The village is coupled with the fascinating Te Puia, an arts and crafts centre where you can watch the Maori w..

  • 10 Egmont National Park Interesting

    Nature and gardens

    NZL - New Plymouth

    The snow-capped cone of Mount Egmont overlooks the national park of the same name. It attracts skiers, experienced hikers and mountain-climbers, and "Sunday athletes" in its foothills, making it very popular with the inhabitants of New Plym..

  • 11 Old Government Buildings Interesting

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    15 Lambton Quay NZL - Wellington

    The Old Government Buildings (1876), built out of indigenous kauri trees, are truly impressive in size. But the real seat of power is the Beehive (1964), an amazing copper-topped building where the Prime Minister and his cabinet officiate.

  • 12 Marlborough Province Interesting

    Nature and gardens

    NZL - Blenheim

    Marlborough Province is divided into two mountainous areas, the sublime aquatic world ofMarlborough Sounds and a valley blessed by Bacchus, the Wairau Valley, which French settlers converted into a wine-growing area famous for its Sauvignon Blancs.

  • 13 Nelson Lakes National Park Interesting

    Nature and gardens

    NZL - St Arnaud

    Nelson Lakes National Park contains two gems: the glacial lakes Rotoiti and Rotoroa, and its 950km2 of parkland featuring a host of activities including trout fishing, cross-country skiing, mountain climbing, long and short hikes (80 km for the Trave..

  • 14 Christchurch Cathedral Interesting

    Religious buildings

    NZL - Christchurch

    Due to lack of funds the construction of Christchurch Cathedral lasted 40 years and wasn't completed until 1904. Shopkeepers, street artists and makeshift orators enliven the square in front of this Neo-Gothic Anglican sanctuary with an exotic ceilin..

  • 15 Canterbury Museum Interesting

    Museums and art

    Rolleston Avenue NZL - Christchurch

    The Canterbury Museum, a stone's throw from the Botanic Gardens, looks like a large cabinet of curiosities. Colonial and pre-Colonial past, moa skeletons (a legendary bird, now extinct), decorative arts, exploration of the Antarctic (for which Christ..

  • 16 Banks Peninsula Interesting

    Nature and gardens

    NZL - Akaroa

    The Banks Peninsula, a volcanic landscape dotted with bays and charming valleys, wraps around the harbour of Akaroa, which owes its French touch to its French settlers. Lyttleton, closer to Christchurch, boasts pretty façades around the largest harbo..

  • 17 Canterbury Province Interesting

    Nature and gardens

    NZL - Christchurch

    Canterbury, the country's largest plain, boasts sheep pastures, superb beaches and the highest mountains in New Zealand. This stunning landscape attracts crowds of sports enthusiasts from Christchurch, its very British capital.

  • 18 Paparoa National Park Interesting

    Nature and gardens

    NZL - Punakaiki

    The Pancakes Rocks in Punakaiki, a pile of folded rocks wreathed in sea spray, are located on the edge of Paparoa National Park and are the most well-known site in the park. Another sight not to miss is the Ballroom Overhang and its gigantic mineral ..

  • 19 Shotover River Interesting

    Nature and gardens

    NZL - Queenstown

    In the 19C this steep-sided river was awash in gold. Nowadays the Shotover transports daredevils who rush down its rapids in rafts and jet-boats, or go bungee jumping (90 m). Ideal for thrill seekers.

  • 20 Dunedin Public Art Gallery Interesting

    Museums and art

    30 The Octagon NZL - Dunedin

    The Dunedin Public Art Gallery houses one of New Zealand's finest collections of European art, certain pieces dating from the 15C. More recent works by Monet, Pissarro, Reynolds, Gainsborough and Turner are featured along with those by contemporary N..

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