The aptly named Bay of Islands is a great place to combine adventure and relaxation.
Napier, the city by the sea is renowned for its 1930s Art Deco architecture and stately Norfolk pines. Completely rebuilt following a devastating earthquake in 1931, it features one of the densest concentrations of art deco buildings in the world.
Supported by a Mediterranean climate and over 2,200 hours of sunshine a year the surrounding area of Hawke’s Bay is one of New Zealand’s top wine producers.
If you have a taste for good wine a visit to some of the quality vineyards that characterize the region is a must. The Chardonnay, Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot wines are particularly fine and can be enjoyed by taking a personalized wine tour with a local wine expert.
It’s a place where you can shop at the farmers market for locally grown delicacies, indulge in artisan gourmet food, and join the lunchers at Napier’s Great Long Lunch.
And it’s a place where you can walk the forest trails of the Ruahine and Kaweka Forest Parks or the glorious beaches that stretch along the coast. Those looking for nature should head to Cape Kidnappers - the world’s largest onshore gannetry, which comes to life between late October and late April or visit the impressive Te Mata Peak, steeped in Maori legend.
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.
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.
The most English city in New Zealand, The Garden City, boasts beautifully preserved gothic architecture, tree lined avenues and the gentle meandering Avon River.
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