Kerikeri & the
Bay of Islands: history, beaches, Maori culture,
dolphin swims and
Zealand's largest city with
Waiheke Island wine region and the world's sailing capital
on Hauraki Gulf.
counter-culture paradise with two coasts
and arts & crafts
BAY OF PLENTY:
Ocean and mountain activities within reach of sizeable towns
and an offshore volcano.
ROTORUA & TAUPO:
Geothermal wonders, great fishing lakes,
unique golf, and native Maori culture.
North Island's great wine region,
world class golf,
plus Art Deco Napier.
WELLINGTON: New Zealand's capital city:
urban culture with top museums, great
beaches, plus Martinborough
NZ's best weather, plus
wineries and three
Remote & rugged
wild west coast:
glaciers, jungle, ocean,
plus the high Southern Alps.
Bungy, golf, jet boats,
day hikes, horse & bike
Pristine habitat where parrots meet penguins;
site of several famed
Alps and darkest
night skies, plus turquoise lakes and remote sheep stations.
Scotland of the South Pacific; university city; golf; rare seabirds;
scenic tourist train.
Elegant British-style garden city of the South Island:
whale watching & Tranzalpine train.