In a world of its own. New Zealand is an outdoor mecca with jaw-dropping nature, unique flora and fauna, fascinating culture and locals that spread a contagious friendly and can-do attitude. There is nothing quite like the Kiwi hospitality. Feel right at home, even when you're on the other side of the world.
Land of the long white cloud. Small country. Big personality
You won't need to travel far to see big changes in the landscape. Explore the national parks, each with their own unique slice of wilderness. Have close encounters with native animals and dive deep into Maori culture. From the mighty Southern Alps and wild West Coast in the South Island to a geothermal wonderland and endless white sandy beaches in the North Island. Be ready for an adventure of a lifetime.
National parks in New Zealand. A showcase of dramatic landscapes
New Zealand has no less than 13 national parks spread across both the North and South Island. An exhibition of powerful landscape, pristine nature and native flora and fauna.
New Zealanders are extremely proud of their country and they will passionately introduce you to their treasured national parks. From white sand beaches and ancient rainforests to snow-capped mountains and magnificent glaciers. Join them on an adventure by foot, boat, kayak or helicopter.
Of course, we recommend visiting all 13 national parks but to travel at a relaxed pace you’ll need to make some tough decisions. Our top 3 choices are Fiordland National Park, Abel Tasman National Park and Tongariro National Park.
All are completely unique but have one thing in common - spectacular scenery and alluring flora and fauna. Fiordland National Park is home to Milford and Doubtful Sounds with mystical waterfalls, towering mountains and luscious rainforest.
Abel Tasman offers pristine golden beaches and secluded coves. And lastly, Tongariro National Park features three volcanoes and one of New Zealand’s best one-day hikes - The Tongariro Alpine Crossing.
"I absolutely love the natural beauty surrounding Tongariro National Park. It's absolutely breathtaking with many hiking possibilities."Nicole, Travel specialist
New Zealand, a land of unique plants and fascinating creatures
New Zealand is a country full of unique flora and fauna that you won’t find anywhere else in the world. Because of the country’s isolation, an array of distinct plants and animals have evolved. Just another reason to visit!
From the national icon - the Kiwi, a flightless nocturnal bird, the Kea, a cheeky alpine parrot that is forever entertaining to ‘a living dinosaur’ - the ancient Tuatara, that can live up to 100 years.
And of course, the country is surrounded by the Pacific Ocean and the Tasman Sea, so there are many unique marine animals. Two of our favourites are the yellow-eyed penguin and the smallest and rarest dolphin in the world, Hector's dolphin.
Be amazed by the giant Kauri trees found in ancient forests or the bright colours of the Kowhai and Pohutukawa trees. Pohutukawa trees are also known as New Zealand’s iconic Christmas tree. And last but not least, the sacred Silver fern, the national symbol of New Zealand.
"I prefer to visit Doubtful Sound, over Milford Sound: because it's less touristic but just as beautiful."Marie-Cecile, Travel specialist
Embrace the Māori culture. Connect with the land, the people and the traditions
With a population that is just as varied as the landscape, New Zealand is a melting pot of cultures that shape the country we have today. The indigenous Māori culture has a huge influence and this can be seen in many aspects. From sport, the language, their beliefs, region/place names and traditional cooking methods.
The Māori population is approximately 16% of New Zealand’s total population and their customs are treasured. Māori named the country Aotearoa - ‘land of the long white cloud’. After arriving a thousand years ago from a long journey across the Pacific Ocean in a traditional waka (canoe).
The Treaty of Waitangi was signed in 1840 in the Bay of Islands, between the British Crown and 540 Māori chiefs. A written agreement that continues to influence decisions made today. On the 6th of February each year, there is a national holiday to recognise and reflect on the significance of the treaty.
Hello - Kia ora. Goodbye - Haere rā. Thank you - Mihi.
Diverse culture and landscapes of the North and South Island
New Zealand stretches 1500 kilometres and consists of two main islands and the smaller, Stewart Island. A relatively small country with a population of just 5 million. But, New Zealand makes up for its size with a diverse landscape that you won’t find anywhere else in the world.
With 29 rather compact regions, you don’t need to travel far to soak up the ever-changing landscape.
There is a deep connection with the Māori culture in the North Island. Especially in the regions of Northland, Bay of Islands, Whakatane and Rotorua. Witness geothermal activity with bubbling hot pools and shooting geysers in Rotorua, towering volcanoes and glistening lakes in Taupo/Tongariro and white sandy beaches on the Coromandel Peninsula. 75% of the population live on the North Island, with the majority living in the vibrant cities of Wellington and Auckland.
The less populated South Island features nature in its purest form. A picture-perfect view at every turn. Quirky towns, native flora and fauna, spectacular fjords and glaciers, bright turquoise lakes and golden beaches. The vastness of dramatic landscapes won’t disappoint. A true outdoor paradise.
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