The aptly named Bay of Islands is a great place to combine adventure and relaxation.
Possessing a stable sunny climate, the city's parks and gardens are a key attraction year round and are renowned for their beauty, especially in spring.
The most English city in New Zealand, The Garden City. In February 2011, Christchurch was hit by a huge earthquake. Much of the central city with its classic neo-gothic architecture was destroyed. But it remains a beautiful city. Central city attractions include its craft markets, the new Art Gallery, Botanic Gardens, a historic tram route through the city, the International Antarctic Center and the Christchurch Gondola, which offers great views of the Pacific Ocean, city and Southern Alps.
Sprawling Hagley Park sits at the heart of Christchurch – 165 hectares of vast green space, dotted with century-old trees, and stunning floral shows in springtime. Walk, run or cycle its pathways, or take on the fitness circuit.
One of Christchurch's exciting new buildings is the Transitional 'Cardboard' Cathedral constructed on the site of the former St John's Latimer Square Anglican Church. It was designed by Japanese architect Shigeru Ban, winner of the 2014 Pritzker Architecture Prize.
Visit the beautiful unspoiled old French whaling depot of Akaroa and sample the delights of New Zealand wine and cheese, or take a cruise of the harbour and delight in sightings of dolphins, penguins and seals.
Auckland is a vibrant South Pacific city, the largest urban city in New Zealand where a modern city environment has created a lifestyle ranked amongst the best in the world.
Located in the centre of the North Island, Lake Taupo is New Zealand's largest lake and a magnet for trout fishing enthusiasts.
Get up early and watch the sunrise from Marine Parade. Hawke's Bay is on the first coast to see the sun every morning.
The capital city and second most populous urban area of New Zealand. It is located at the south-western tip of the North Island, between Cook Strait and the Rimutaka Range.
Nestled on the shores of Lake Wakatipu, in front of the impressive Remarkables mountain range, nature has purpose built this area for adventure.
New Zealand's most famous attraction, Milford Sound with its views of the distinctive Mitre Peak, is the most visited fiord in the country and is certainly no disappointment.
The region is known for its vast open spaces and golden, tussock-covered hills rolling towards the towering Southern Alps and turquoise glacial lakes such as Lake Tekapo