It’s easy to see why New Zealand is a top spot for Aussie’s seeking a close-to-home getaway. The land of the long white cloud delights with its jaw-dropping scenery, heart-pounding thrills and sumptuous eats. Enjoy New Zealand’s finest pursuits across both the North and South Islands.
Wine and dine on Waiheke Island
Food aficionados will relish time on Waiheke Island. Just a 35-minute ferry ride from downtown Auckland, the island is famed for its beautiful vineyards, olive groves and sweeping coastline. It is also the perfect spot to taste New Zealand’s famous Pacific Rim cuisine, while enjoying the magnificent surrounds. Savour a rustic Spanish-inspired lunch at Casita Miro or enjoy an upscale dining experience at Cable Bay with mesmerising views stretching back to Auckland.
Cycle the West Coast’s newest trail
Keen adventure seekers can jump on two wheels and tour the South Island’s rugged West Coast. Beginning in Ross, you will wind through the countryside via Hokitika and Kumara before completing your journey in Greymouth. Picturesque scenery will follow at every turn, from glistening lakes to rushing rivers. Make at stop at Shantytown Heritage Park, a recreated gold-rush town where you can pan for gold or take a ride on the steam train.
See the local wildlife at Wellington Zoo
Often nicknamed the coolest city in New Zealand, Wellington is packed with ample attractions to keep everyone entertained. Once you visit the Te Papa Museum and take a stroll along the picturesque harbour, it’s time to explore the Wellington Zoo. Boasting a multi-million dollar expansion, the parkland celebrates New Zealand’s stunning flora and fauna. You can see endangered little blue penguins (Korora) and meet pigs, sheep and rabbits at the Pohutukawa Farm.
Hear the sounds of Auckland City Limits
Coming to Auckland in March, the City Limits Music Festival will see over 40 artists take to the stage at Western Springs Stadium. Inspired by the popular Austin City Limits Music Festival in Texas, the concert will feature an impressive line up of talented artists, including successful American indie rock band, The National. While you’re enjoying the country’s best sounds, you can also feast on Auckland’s festival fare with signature dishes from the city’s top restaurants.
Taste Christchurch’s burgeoning hospitality scene
Set on the east coast of the South Island, Christchurch has seen a wealth of new restaurants pop up all over the city, contributing to its bright and burgeoning food scene. The city has become a hub for coffee connoisseurs searching for the finest single origin, while craft brewers cater to thirsty locals. Visit Smash Palace for handmade hamburgers, Supreme Supreme for a caffeine hit and Roots for fine dining showcasing gourmet local produce.