Rotorua, New Zealand is located in the central North Island of New Zealand, roughly between Auckland and Napier, just south of Tauranga and north of Taupo. This is the place to be for geothermal activity and Maori culture in New Zealand! It’s also within an easy drive of Hobbiton and the Waitomo glow worm caves.
Located in the northern part of the North Island, Auckland has two major harbors, creating an isthmus of the city. These harbors give the city a sparkle that you can enjoy any way you wish, from a relaxing sail to a zip on a jet boat. You can even try your hand at piloting a real America’s Cup yacht!
The South Island’s largest city, Christchurch feels like a slice of England by the ocean, amongst agricultural plains. Despite major earthquakes in 2010 and 2011 that destroyed many historic buildings in the city, Christchurch still has a historic feel with brick, cobblestone, tramcars and Victorian architecture.
Located in the northwest of the South Island of New Zealand, the small city of Nelson and nearby Abel Tasman National Park are a beautiful and relaxing area of New Zealand. The region is best known for its relaxed vibe, sunny skies, sand and sparkling coastline.
Dunedin is the second largest city on New Zealand’s South Island, and it’s located on the southeast coast at the base of the Otago Peninsula, which juts out into the Pacific Ocean. It’s most well known for its Scottish heritage, dramatic natural sights, and high student population thanks to the University of Otago.
The West Coast of New Zealand’s South Island is a rugged, remote region where the high southern Alps descend into glaciers, temperate rainforest, and the wild Tasman Sea. The area is known for stunning coastline, glaciers, wet climate, and a rough and tumble mining history. Starting in the North at Karamea, the main (and only) road travels southward, squeezed between the Alps and the Coast, through Westport, Punakaiki, Greymouth, Hokitika, Franz Josef and Fox Glaciers, Haast, and finally Jackson Bay.
Located on the northeastern tip of New Zealand’s South Island, the Marlborough region is known for two main things: wine and water. The mainland is filled with vineyards, producing more wine than any other region of New Zealand, including most of what is sold in North America under a New Zealand label.