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Explore New Zealand

For its size, New Zealand offers plenty of awe-inspiring and epic sights.

On the North Island you’ll find miles and miles of spectacular coastline and tranquil beaches, rolling green hills and rugged mountain ranges, geothermal wonders and sprawling farmlands, rich Maori culture and not one but two beautiful harbour cities.

Visit the modern city of Auckland with its melting pot of culture. Enjoy a leisurely harbour cruise, catch a ferry to one of the nearby islands or stroll along the waterfront, dining in one of many popular restaurants, cafés and bars.

Take a scenic flight above the 144 islands that make up the gorgeous Bay of Islands or drive along the west coast up Ninety Mile Beach towards the northernmost point and the lighthouse at Cape Reinga.

Visit the underground labyrinth of limestone caves in Waitomo, where glow-worms twinkle in the enchanting Glowworm Grotto. Discover ‘Middle-Earth’ in Matamata, on a magical Hobbiton Movie Set guided tour.

For something out of this world, wander around the ethereal moonscapes of Hells Gate Park, the most active geothermal field in Rotorua, or the captivating Waimangu Volcanic Valley where you can witness Lady Knox Geyser, sizzling hot pools, steaming fumaroles and vividly coloured terraces.

Witness Giant Sperm Whales and frolicking dolphins on the Kaikoura Peninsula. Soak in the warm open-air thermal pools in the charming alpine hamlet of Hanmer Springs.

The gorgeous South Island has some of the most magnificent landscapes you will find anywhere in the world comprising untouched wilderness, spectacular glaciers, beautiful fjords and breathtaking scenery.

Take a helicopter ride over the remarkable Franz Josef and Fox Glaciers or hike across the frozen landscape.

Beautiful Queenstown is the adventure capital of the South Island and where you’ll find the best ski slopes and plenty of thrill-seeking adventures.

Explore the dramatic wilderness landscapes of Milford Sound for crystal clear lakes, jagged mountain peaks and cascading waterfalls.

Still emerging from the devastating earthquakes of 2010 and 2011, Christchurch is a city in transition.

Rebuilding and re-emerging as a funky, arty and modern version of itself, the city centre is a fascinating blend of creatively repaired existing buildings and improved infrastructure using shipping containers for shops and cafés.

To experience all the wonders and delights of New Zealand for yourself, contact your nearest Phil Hoffmann Travel branch.