Abel Tasman National Park
Snuggled in between Golden Bay and Tasman Bay at the north end of the South Island, Abel Tasman National Park is renowned not only for its golden beaches, but for its spectacular sculptured granite cliffs and world-famous coastal track. Although the smallest of New Zealand’s national parks, it’s perfectly formed for both relaxation and adventure. The grounds are accessible via foot, sailing catamaran and sea kayak, affording travellers a chance to mix the natural beauty of the region with a need for thrills.

Auckland is a land of idyllic islands and rolling green hills, enticing travellers in from both far and wide. It’s the only city in the world built on a basaltic volcanic field that is still active, which is evident in the city’s selection of parks, from Mount Eden to One Tree Hill. Auckland is also a good base for exploring areas nearby, such as the scenic beaches on the Waiheke Island. Bush walks, farmers’ markets and boutique wineries are just some of the go-to places for travellers.  

Bay of Islands
Enjoyed by New Zealand holidaymakers as well as by travellers from the other side of the world, the Bay of Islands is a subtropical micro-region known for its spectacular scenery and history. Made up of 144 islands, the region is a three-hour drive from Auckland and allows you to get up close and personal with the wildlife. Tapeka Point is a maritime playground for all sorts of creatures, including penguins, dolphins and whales. And once you’re on dry land, there’s also a whole range of accommodation to choose from, from budget to luxury.

Great Lake Taupo
Tipped as nature’s ultimate playground, Great Lake Taupo is a sporting mecca for thrillseekers. Plunge down towards the lake with a bungy jump, meander your way through the rapids on a raft, or skydive above it. Even if it’s raining you’ll still have a good time: walking tours and geothermal heated pools seek to warm you up. On the outskirts of the volcanic region in the mountains of Tongariro National Park, there’s also a chance to try out winter sports such as skiing.

There’s no time to rest when you hit Queenstown – with more than 220 tourism activities from skiing to whitewater rafting and sky diving, Queenstown is synonymous with adventure. Almost 2 million visitors take on the Queenstown challenge each year, as well as taking in the awe-inspiring scenery of the surrounding lake and alpine areas. Travellers are also drawn to the centre of the cosmopolitan city for festivals, markets and scrumptious eateries.

Lakes, forest, cycle tracks and adventure: Rotorua is a region rich in stunning landscapes, dotted with forests, natural geysers and soothing mud pools. The city is rich in Maori culture, and is also home to the buried village of Te Wairoa, which was covered by ash and rock during Mt Tarawera’s eruption in the late 19th century. And as for accommodation, travellers have their pick of luxury lodges, hostels or homely apartment, meaning it’s a city for all budgets.

From the top of Mount Victoria, you are treated to 360-degree panoramic views of New Zealand’s capital city – small in size, but packed with features to keep even the most expert travellers on their toes. It’s the place travellers head to for those infamous Lord of the Rings location tours, as well as rides in the iconic cable cars up to Kelburn. Marketed as ‘the coolest little capital in the world’, Wellington is also believed to have more bars and restaurants per capita than New York City. Hipster and art-lovers are found in the bohemian Cuba Street, while stylish cocktail bars rule the roost for partygoers.