Each of the twenty five New Zealand regions has something very special to offer you.


Experience Maori culture at Tamaki Maori Village near Rotorua on the North Island

You can read a little about the various New Zealand regions further down the page.

Or for more detailed information, just Click on the region's name below:





You've read about it, now come and see it for yourself!

The New Zealand regions are spread over two main islands, the North Island, and the South Island.

Wow. Lake Wanaka, taken from the town center

The traditional Maori people named the islands Te Ika a Maui (North Island, which means the fish of Maui) and Te Wai Pounamu (South Island, which means the waters of greenstone).

Each stunning region has its own distinct physical attributes, diverse culture and history, and unique points of interest.

And each will amaze you in its own special way.

It's difficult to believe that such diversity exists in a country that is roughly the same size as the United Kingdom.

Unbelievable Diversity

From the sub-tropical Northland , where you can stand on the tip of the North Island to witness the merging of two oceans, to the deep south of Southland , the last landmass before the ice shelves of Antarctica, each region has its own special character and attractions for those lucky enough to visit.

The Haast River just east of Haast on the South Island's West Coast

There are very few places on earth that can match New Zealand's amazing range of natural features.

Towering alps, including Mt Cook , sub tropical rain forests, beautiful rolling pastures, rugged coastlines featuring white and black sand beaches.

Rotorua's geysers and mud pools are one of New Zealand's premier attractions, as are its Maori cultural shows.

You will be blown away by the huge accessible glaciers, Franz Josef and Fox, on the South Island's wild West Coast . Cruise the crystal clear bays of the Tasman region , taste some of the best wines in the world in the Marlborough district and Hawkes Bay . Experience beautiful lakes including New Zealand's largest, Lake Taupo .

And of course no trip to New Zealand would be complete without a trip to Fiordland National Park.

A cruise on Magical Milford Sound is a

Yes New Zealand has it all!

You will find an amazing contrast between the North and South Islands.

The North Island's stunning beaches, coves and inlets, active volcanoes, and steaming thermal areas, such as Rotorua, set it apart from the South.

In the South Island, the snow covered alps, huge glaciers, deep dark fiords and clear lakes like Lake Wakatipu in Queenstown , and Lake Wanaka , will take your breath away with their beauty.

Walk through an ice cave at Franz Josef Glacier - pic courtesy westcoast.co.nz

Location, climate, culture and society have shaped each New Zealand region into the destination it is today. No two are the same, and each is equally worthy of further investigation.

New Zealand has so much to offer visitors.

Are you looking to relax? New Zealand is the perfect place.

How about an extreme adventure? Of course New Zealand can accommodate you.

And of course, if you want a little of both, this is the place.

How long will I need?

With so much to see and do in New Zealand, careful planning is essential. Please take some time to review the information on our site, and plan your trip to maximize your available time.

Beautiful New Chum's Beach - courtesy Destination Coromandel

As a general guide, we recommend a minimum 10-12 days per island (more if you have the time). This will allow you time to travel the full length of each island, and to see the best bits.

To save time, we recommend planning your trip so that you don't back track. And to help you, we have developed a series of free New Zealand itineraries which you can use to guide you around the various regions, and build your perfect trip.

And, each of these itineraries is also available as a self drive package which includes car hire, accommodation, and in some cases, selected activities.

The map above has clickable links which will take you to separate pages detailing each region.

We hope that you find our website helpful in planning your New Zealand adventure.

And if you have any questions, please don't hesitate to Contact Us.



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Our thanks to Tourism New Zealand for information and maps used on our site. Tourism New Zealand have lots of great information on the various New Zealand regions. Click on the following link to visit the Tourism New Zealand website.

New Zealand regions.