Destinations · Travelling Greenz
The subtropical Northland region stretches upwards from Auckland to the very top of New Zealand, “Cape Reinga” or in Maori “Te Rerenga Wairua”(the leaping-place of the spirit).
The rugged west coast is home of the famous Kauri Trees, while the more sophisticated and urbanised east coast is the birthplace of the nation and hosts white and gold sand beaches, along the beautiful Bay of Islands.
Known as the city of Sails, Auckland is New Zealand biggest city and has been rated third most liveable city in the world!
Surrounded by volcanoes, regional parks, black and gold sand beaches, Auckland is an exhilarating mix of natural wonders and urban experiences.
Enjoy the mix and fusion of culture while shopping and eating out!
Central North Island
New Zealand lies within a geographical area of high volcanic and seismic activity known as the Ring of Fire, which expands through the Central North Island and some of New Zealand’s most iconic destinations.
Unwind in the forest and pristine beaches of the Coromandel Peninsula, catch a wave at Mt Maunganui beach break, taste the beautiful fruits of the fertile Bay of Plenty, delve into the fascinating Maori culture in Rotorua, sail on Taupo’s crater lake, hike the Tongariro and Mount Taranaki snowcapped volcanoes. Everywhere you go in Central North Island, you will be reminded of the living nature surrounding you … Enjoy the scenic landscape and relax in a thermal bath!
Eastland & Hawkes Bay
Tucked on the eastern side of the North Island, the East Cape is the first place to see the sunrise every day, and is also the place where the first Polynesian landed.
Away from the touristic path, this remote region will move you with its immense and rugged forest “Te Urewera National park”, its spectacular empty surf beaches, and its true Maori culture and traditions. Further South on the same coastline, the Hawkes Bay will delight you with some of New Zealand best wineries and New Zealand’s largest Gannet colony
Whanganui & Manawatu
At the heart of it, flows the Whanganui river, New Zealand third longest river and of upmost importance to the region’s Māori people. In March 2017, following the path of Te Urewera, it became the world’s second natural resource to be given its own legal identity, with the rights, duties and liabilities of a legal person. Spend a few days paddling down the river and follow the path of the first Maori Waka
Situated at the southern end of the North Island, Wellington, was recently named ``the coolest little capital in the world`` by Lonely Planet.
Surrounded by nature and fuelled by creative energy and a pulsing cultural scene, Wellington is a compact city with a powerful mix of culture, history, nature, cuisine, good freshly brewed coffee and tasty craft beers. Don’t miss Te Papa, the iconic NZ National Museum
Nelson & Marlborough
Tucked away at the northern tip of the South Island, both regions are a great getaway for coastal walks, mountain biking, kayaking, wine tasting and superb hospitality.
Nelson region is an extraordinary, vibrant part of the South Island where art and businesses thrive together among a stunning natural landscape. Its diverse geography captures everything from long golden beaches to untouched forests and rugged mountains. Further East, the Marlborough region is about world-famous Sauvignon Blanc, delicious fresh seafood and diverse landscapes, from valleys of vines to the sheltered waterways of the “Marlborough Sounds”.
Credit photo Marahau Sea Kayaks
With only 31,000 people leaving on this 600km long skinny stretch, the West Coast of the South Island, New Zealand’s largest region, is an untamed natural wilderness of rivers and rainforests, majestic glaciers and geological treasures.
Often visited for its famous Glaciers, Fox and Franz Josef, the region offers much more than that with blowholes, limestone cliffs, the natural Oparara Arches, the turquoise Hokitika Gorge, magic greenstone rivers and rich goldminers history…
From lush vineyards to grassy plains, snow-capped mountains and backcountry stations, this is a region worth spending time in!
New Zealand second biggest city, Christchurch, became infamous in 2011 following several deadly earthquakes which destroyed most of the city stone heritage buildings and deeply affected the soul of its people. Today, visitors can witness a virtual rebirth of the city as demolitions, repairs and rebuilding occur to shape the new and vibrant face of Christchurch. The city is well linked with two of New Zealand great Train journeys and is only 2 hours away from Kaikoura, well known as a whale and dolphin watching destination.
Photo credit Miles Holden
Aoraki – Mt Cook
Located South West of the Canterbury region and far from the lights of the cities, the Aoraki/Mount Cook National Park and the Mackenzie Basin have recently been recognised “International Dark Sky Reserve”.
With a Sky full of stars at night, the region charms both the tourists and the alpinists with its beautiful scenery : the National Park hosts the country’s highest mountain, Aoraki/Mount Cook, and the impressive 27km-long Tasman Glacier, which turquoise water runs down to form stunning lakes and rivers amongst the dry plains of the Mackenzie Basin. This region also marks the beginning of the country’s longest bike ride, the Alps to Ocean cycle trail.
From the Southern Alps, the Otago region follows the rivers all the way to the wild and windswept coastlines of the Pacific Coast.
Queenstown, the “adventure” capital, and Wanaka are the most sought-after destinations of the region with their scenic snow-capped mountains and lakes. Originally lust after by the Gold miners, the region nowadays attracts tourist, adventure seekers and wine lovers. On the coast, the Catlins, Dunedin and the Otago Peninsula attract Nature lovers as seals, albatross and yellow-eye penguins abound.
Battered by the roaring forties and some of New Zealand harshest weather systems, Southland is, you would have guessed it, the country’s southernmost region.
Fiordland is the main reason to visit for most and displays an incredible wilderness with unique flora and fauna, dramatic fiords, pristine rainforests, mountain ranges and exposed coastlines. Off the coast, Stewart Island, New Zealand third island, is 85% National Park. The island offers a glimpse into a simpler, slower lifestyle, in rhythm with the sea and the tides and is a great spot for bird watching, bush walking, fishing or just relaxing.