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Things to do in New Zealand
New Zealand offers a fascinating and captivating landscape, where history, tradition, contemporary cities and spectacular scenery wait to be explored.
Located on the North Island, Wellington is New Zealand’s official capital and a hub of environmental and cultural grandeur. Nestled between rolling hills and a stunning harbour, Wellington boasts a lively and compact downtown area. Celebrating arts, culture, and breathtaking natural scenery, the city is also a powerhouse of incredible cuisine and exceptional coffee.
Comprised of vibrant districts loaded with cultural, cosmopolitan and adventurous appeal, Auckland offers a huge variety of unique sightseeing opportunities. Wander the downtown Viaduct Harbour/Princes Wharf precinct. Explore the Hauraki Gulf, scale Mount Eden, or ride a ferry to beautiful Waiheke Island. Tour the sparkling waters of the Waitemata and enjoy views of the Harbour Bridge and Rangitoto volcano. Or take a controlled leap from the top of the Southern Hemisphere's tallest building, the Sky Tower.
Nicknamed “The Adventure Capital of the World”, Queenstown helms a region abuzz with adventure, adrenalin and activity – offering everything from jet boating and skydiving, to bungee jumping and white water rafting. Six different ski fields with varying terrain – including Coronet Peak, The Remarkables and Cardrona – can be found within easy driving distance from the city.
Boasting the country’s largest city population, Auckland offers a great variety of shopping opportunities. Endless laneways and scattered precincts house a thriving retail industry, full of local fashion heroes and world-class designers. Ponsonby Road, K Road, the Britomart precinct and Remuera are Auckland’s hippest retail areas, home to countless quirky stores and chic boutiques.
Shopping in Wellington is accessible and varied. Lambton Quay (the Golden Mile) is a must visit for retail therapy, featuring everything from high-end boutiques to fast fashion stores. High-end fashion retailers can also be found in The Old Bank Arcade. Willis Street is home to fashion, books and music stores. While Upper Manners Street is the perfect locale to explore speciality stores. The Cuba Quarter is Wellington’s go-to for eclectic fashion, independent boutiques, upcoming designers and vintage wares.
Reflective of the city’s character, fashion in Queenstown is trendy and unique. International brands sit side-by-side on the racks next to iconic New Zealand designs. Traditional wool and sheepskin clothing and jewellery showcase the best in local specialities, while outdoor equipment abounds, catering to the city’s adventurous spirit.
Wellington is New Zealand’s culinary capital, renowned for its diverse range of restaurants and cafes. Bohemian thoroughfare Cuba Street is the city’s go-to for all types of dining, while venues in Wellington Harbour and Queens Wharf serve the best in New Zealand seafood.
Auckland is also a culinary hotspot. For an up-beat casual dining experience, book a table at one of Viaduct Harbour’s 30 plus waterfront restaurants. Be inspired by the city’s cosmopolitan and bohemian vibe on hip strip, Ponsonby Road. Mix dining with retail therapy in the heart of the city, in New Zealand’s leading creative and corporate zone, Britomart. Or sample the country’s Polynesian influences and fresh local produce with a stroll through Avondale Markets.
Catering to a prosperous tourism industry, Queenstown’s city centre is home to numerous eating establishments, covering everything from all-hours takeaways to fine dining. Take in picturesque views of Walter and Cecil Peak, The Remarkables and Queenstown Bay with a meal at Steamer Wharf – Queenstown's most popular eating, drinking and entertainment hub.
New Zealand’s capital, Wellington is a destination rich in choice of bars and nightclubs, most of which can be found concentrated in the inner city around Courtenay Place. Districts surrounding the city are world-acclaimed for their wine-growing prowess. One hour north-west, Martinborough is home to the Classic New Zealand Wine Trail – an area celebrated for producing Pinot Noir. While in the other direction, the country’s largest and most renowned wine district, the Marlborough region harvests award-winning Sauvignon Blanc.
Auckland’s most popular drinking haunts can be found downtown in precincts like Viaduct Harbour and Britomart. Bars and clubs also abound in the city's inner suburbs, in particular Ponsonby. Like Wellington, Auckland’s surrounds are renowned for wine, in particular Waiheke Island where several boutique vineyards can be found.
After a day on the slopes or conquering an extreme sport, Queenstown’s provides a great nightlife scene in which to unwind. More than a hundred licenced premises dot downtown Queenstown, lending the city one of the world’s most exciting après-ski scenes.
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