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  • 1 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 ..

  • 2 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.

  • 3 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..

  • 4 Otago Peninsula Interesting

    Nature and gardens

    NZL - Dunedin

    The wonders of the Otago Peninsula loom into view on the loop formed by Highcliff Road and Portobello Road. You may catch a glimpse of the extremely rare royal albatross while driving along this unparalleled coastline. Lovely Larnach Castle is also w..

  • 5 Catlins Coast Interesting

    Nature and gardens

    NZL - Invercargill

    The Catlins Coast road is dotted with natural treasures, from the 160 million-year-old fossilised trees at Curio Bay and Cathedral Caves to Purakaunui Falls and the paradise of Porpoise Bay with its playful dolphins.

  • 6 Stewart Island Interesting

    Nature and gardens

    NZL - Oban

    Rakiura National Park covers over 80 % of Stewart Island - a good reason to brave the rough Foveaux Strait crossing. The island, at the far end of New Zealand, attracts hikers and bird-watchers who come to observe yellow-crowned parakeets, large sea ..

  • 7 Sky Tower Interesting

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    NZL - Auckland

    The Sky Tower (328m), the highest building in the Southern Hemisphere, contains the country's a rotating restaurant - the most vertiginous in the country - and several observation decks with stunning views. Daredevils can try the Sky Walk 192m from t..

  • 8 Viaduct Harbour

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    NZL - Auckland

    This first-class marina, built to host the America's Cup in 2000, offers the luxurious sight of yachts mooring in front of its restaurant terraces and shop windows. Viaduct Harbour, a lively and fashionable spot, embodies Auckland's version of la dol..

  • 9 Voyager New Zealand Maritime Museum

    Museums and art

    Angle Quay and Hobson St. NZL - Auckland

    The Voyager New Zealand Maritime Museum recounts the country's naval exploration history, from its first pirogue to the America's Cup. Don't miss the pitching reconstruction of the inside of a boat. Boat rides are offered on several of the historical..

  • 10 One Tree Hill

    Nature and gardens

    NZL - Auckland

    As its name indicates this extinct volcano, an ancient Maori site, was topped by a lone tree that was scrupulously replaced decade after decade. While the last tree has gone, One Tree Hill and its obelisk still dominate Cornwall Park. Acacia Cottage,..

  • 11 Henderson Valley

    Nature and gardens

    NZL - Henderson

    Henderson Valley is one of the country's most prolific wine-growing regions. The Balkan and Lebanese names of its first winemakers are combined with the names of French grape varieties such as Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon and Chardonnay. A fun gastrono..

  • 12 Waitangi Treaty Grounds

    Museums and art

    1 Tau Henare Drive NZL - Paihia

    Careful, this is a major site! The treaty that founded the nation of New Zealand was signed here in1840. The launching of Ngatoki Matawhaorua, one of the largest known war canoes (35m), is the high point of the commemoration, held on 6 February in fr..

  • 13 Claphams National Clock Museum

    Museums and art

    Quayside Town Basin NZL - Whangarei

    You know you're at the picturesque Clapham National Clock Museum because of the chiming clocks. The museum, on the marina, contains an abundant collection of clocks, certain pieces dating back to the 17C, including some exceptional music boxes.

  • 14 Hot Water Beach

    Nature and gardens

    NZL - Hahei

    Two natural hot springs have transformed Hot Water Beach on the Coromandel Peninsula into a free and very popular spa. Grab a shovel to dig a pool in the sand, a bucket to cool off the 64°C hot spring water with sea water, sit back and relax!

  • 15 Hawke's Bay

    Nature and gardens

    NZL - Napier

    This picturesque and fertile coastal region is dotted with forty or so wine-growing estates, many with international reputations. While celebrating wine in Hawke's Bay in the first weekend of February, enjoy the orchards and lavender fields in this m..

  • 16 Govett-Brewster Art Gallery

    Museums and art

    Angle de Queen et King St. NZL - New Plymouth

    Govett-Brewster Art Gallery is one of the country's main contemporary art museums. In addition to hosting about twenty exhibitions per year, its also houses the collection of Len Lye, a leading New Zealand artist, sculptor and experimental filmmaker.

  • 17 City Gallery of Wellington

    Museums and art

    NZL - Wellington

    The City Gallery occupies a major place in New Zealand culture, despite being an exhibition space without a permanent collection. New rooms have been added to its Art Deco building. The museum features Pacific Art, traditional and contemporary Maori ..

  • 18 Museum of Wellington City and Sea

    Museums and art

    3 Jervois Quay NZL - Wellington

    Shipwreck fans will love the Museum of Wellington City and Sea featuring the wreck of the Wahine ferry, vestiges of the Inconstant (1888), as well as models, films and holographic reconstructions tracing back to a thousand years of local history. Ent..

  • 19 Katherine Mansfield Birthplace

    Museums and art

    NZL - Wellington

    Katherine Mansfield, an icon of New Zealand literature, was born in 1888 in this simple wooden house, restored following an archaeological dig. This literary pilgrimage is also a chance to explore a typical 19C villa in the suburbs of Wellington.

  • 20 Hagley Park

    Nature and gardens

    NZL - Christchurch

    Hagley Park (165 ha), a recreation area opened in 1855, is composed of golf courses, woods, lakes and sports fields. The collection of indigenous and exotic plants in the Botanic Gardens, nestled in a bend in the Avon, hasn't diminished the appeal of..

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