#4 – BAY OF PLENTY
Often labelled as the sunniest area in New Zealand, the Bay of Plenty is the perfect travel destination all year-round. If the majestic coastline with white sandy beaches isn’t enough of a holiday drawcard, the area is famous for fresh food, delectable wines, kayaking with glow worms after dark and is also home to the country’s only active marine volcano, Whakaari or White Island. Regularly emitting clouds of gas from the crater – this island situated 48km off the coast is one of the most unique natural highlights in New Zealand.
#5 – WELLINGTON
With a population of over 410,000 people, Wellington is the second largest city in New Zealand, and also its capital. Sitting at the south-western tip of the North Island with a signature harbour, the city is a foodie’s dream. The abundance of museums and art galleries to the variety of restaurants and wine bars, Wellington has something for everyone. If locally-produced wine is your thing, make sure you visit the surrounding area of Martinborough – which is accessible by car, train or bicycle and is dotted with wineries in close proximity.
#6 – ROTORUA
Renowned worldwide for its geothermal activity, it’s no surprise Rotorua made it into the top 10 places to experience in New Zealand. Located at the heart of the North Island, Rotorua is home to bubbling mud pools, a 30m tall geyser and natural hot springs. Brace yourself for the smell of sulphur in the air, which definitely takes some getting used to! Maori culture also plays a big part in the town with a living village, allowing tourists to absorb or take part in the Maori culture (via talks) and history. It also boasts the New Zealand Maori Arts and Crafts Institute, which offers traditional wood carving and weaving schools.