Wild surf beaches, geothermal thrills and Maori culture
New Zealand’s North Island – known by its Maori name Te Ika-a-Maui – is the world’s 14th largest island. Wellington, the capital, connects to the tip of Cape Reinga via an extensive network of highways lined with picture-perfect farmland and native forest. En route, you can take in everything from Northland's stunning beaches, the spectacular Coromandel Peninsula, Bay of Plenty and the East Coast to the snow-capped mountains of Taranaki, Ruapehu and Ngauruhoe.
Since about 77% of New Zealanders live here, half a dozen cities and numerous large towns function as regional hubs and tourist hotspots. They’re the ideal places to sample great local cuisine, drink exquisite wine and craft beer, soak in thermal hot pools or maybe experience life in Hobbiton.
Why this once-sleepy New Zealand beach town is worth a visit
In this beloved place of childhood summers, one expat returns to find canvas tents replaced by multi-million dollar homes. But the pristine beaches and nostalgic magic remain intact.
Where to have a great night out in Wellington
Wellington’s best bars have craft beer, world-class local wines and cool cocktails. Throw in delicious eats and you have the perfect spots for a great night out.
Is this New Zealand's next big adventure destination?
From bungee jumping into Waikato River and skydiving experiences over snow-capped mountains, Taupo has plenty to offer adventure travellers.
Have the perfect family holiday in Auckland – without busting the budget
The City of Sails is packed with all sorts of fun (and inexpensive) activities for the kids.
7 Insta-worthy Auckland hotspots you have to visit
Spice up your Instagram feed next time you find yourself in New Zealand’s largest city with these snap-happy spots.
8 reasons you need to visit Wellington now
If you love movies, drinking beer – or wine for that matter – and animal-spotting, you’ll find there’s heaps to do in Wellington without blowing the budget.
Ultimate guide to the best eats in Wellington
From crave-worthy coffees to boutique beers and slick seafood, New Zealand’s capital city Wellington is a foodie match made in heaven. Here are the places you have to try.
Is this Auckland's coolest neighbourhood?
Filled with cool eateries, galleries and boutiques, Ponsonby is the eclectic inner-city hub you will never want to leave.
Best places to go camping in New Zealand
Forget mini bars and pillow menus – some of New Zealand’s best stays are found under the stars and now is the best time to find out.
The hippest places to go shopping in Auckland
Auckland, famous for its cuisine, music, art and culture, is a dream for anyone wanting to buy something hip with local designers and manufacturers aplenty.
What to expect from a Maori massage
Head to New Zealand’s North Island for a deep, intense and calming traditional Māori massage. Here’s what to expect.
Local's guide on the top eats in Auckland
New Zealand is known for its food scene. Here, we ask one of Auckland’s favourite cake makers to whip up a list of the city’s tastiest top spots.
How to spend a perfect day in Wellington
Discover a cool new culinary hub, night market, movie magic and much more on a mini break in the New Zealand capital.
Discover the best beaches within easy reach of Auckland
If you’re after sandy stretches close to Auckland and scenery to suit your mood, local sun-chaser Alice Galletly suggests a few of her favourite Auckland beaches
Tastes of Wellington that will leave you hungry for more
From excellent eateries to the people behind the plates, Wellington’s burgeoning food scene makes the city a must-visit – here are the best places to eat and drink.
The NZ ski resorts you didn’t know about
New Zealand’s volcanic northern resorts have slipped well under the radar for most snow watchers, but that is set to change as powder hounds explore new slopes.
A weekend in Wellington
Find out why there’s no better place to be hungry than Wellington.
How to get the most out of your Auckland holiday
If you’re taking a trip across the Ditch, there’s no need to max out your credit cards in the process. Read our handy hints for how to holiday in Auckland in style, without breaking the bank.
Where to drink the best coffee in Wellington
With cafés on almost every corner, Wellington is at the vanguard of world coffee culture. But the city’s renowned cafés do so much more than deliver a welcome jolt of caffeine.