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Ahipara New Zealand - If you want to see a dramatic sunset, enjoy an evening walk along the beach at Ahipara NZ. This town has a rich history and a big choice of activities.
Cape Reinga New Zealand - Cape Reinga NZ is as far north as you can drive. See two oceans collide and discover ‘the place of leaping’, where Maori spirits begin their final journey.
Dargaville New Zealand - Established by Yugoslavian immigrants in the 1870s, Dargaville NZ is a river town with an interesting history. Pause here to enjoy cafes and galleries.
Kaikohe New Zealand - The town of Kaikohe NZ is a good place to buy supplies and catch a quick meal. If you have time to spare, investigate local history at the pioneer village.
Kaitaia New Zealand - From Kaitaia NZ you can plan your expedition to Cape Reinga and Ninety Mile Beach. This town has an interesting mix of Maori and Dalmatian ancestry.
Kohukohu New Zealand - The harbour’s edge town of Kohukohu NZ is quietly charming. It has several significant heritage buildings left over from the kauri milling days.
Mangawhai New Zealand - Mangawhai NZ offers a choice of beach experiences. Frolic in the waves on the surf side of town or enjoy a peaceful swim in the sheltered harbour.
Mangonui-Coopers Beach New Zealand - This historic fishing village of Mangonui-Coopers Beach NZ, with friendly cafés and a wide range of water-based activities, is next to several popular beach resorts.
Okaihau New Zealand - On the main highway between Kaitaia NZ and Whangarei NZ, Okaihau NZ is a friendly country town with a classic Northland pub and an interesting fire service museum.
Omapere/Opononi New Zealand - Easy-going Opononi NZ and nearby Omapere NZ are places to live the beach life, catch a few fish and zoom down the giant dunes of the Hokianga.
Rawene New Zealand - The Hokianga town of Rawene NZ is full of historic charm. Walk around the heritage buildings, then relax in a café before catching the ferry to Kohukohu.
Russell New Zealand - Historic buildings and a seaside setting give Russell NZ a romantic personality. It’s hard to believe this town was once called the ‘hell hole of the Pacific’.
Tutukaka New Zealand - Tutukaka NZ sheltered harbour is the gateway to the Poor Knights Marine Reserve and the white-sand beaches of the Tutukaka Coast.
Waitangi New Zealand - If you know something about New Zealand’s history, you’ll want to visit Waitangi NZ. Here the treaty was signed between Maori and the British.
Whangarei New Zealand Situated next to a big harbour and two stunning coastlines, with many great walks, dozens of gorgeous beaches and of course the beautiful Whangarei Falls.
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Auckland New Zealand - As New Zealand’s largest population centre, Auckland NZ promises to keep you busy and stimulated. You can mix urban pleasures with marine adventures.
Great Barrier Island New Zealand = Great Barrier Island NZ is a large island with a small population. The forests, beaches and bays provide scope for all kinds of wilderness adventures.
Helensville New Zealand - Helensville NZ is a friendly place for a hot swim and a refreshment stop, or stay a while and use the town as a base for exploring the local countryside.
Kawau Island New Zealand - A day trip to Kawau Island NZ can include a look through Governor Grey’s mansion house, forest walks to old copper mines and a swim at the beach.
Motuihe Island New Zealand - From downtown Auckland NZ you can take a day trip to Motuihe Island, where there’s a choice of excellent beaches and several interesting walks.
Orewa New Zealand - Orewa`s wide Pacific Ocean beach is a place for swimming, surfing and long, relaxing walks. The town centre of Orewa NZ has everything a traveller could need.
Piha New Zealand - Piha NZ is a scenic black-sand surf beach on the rugged coast west of Auckland. There are several walks through native forest in the surrounding hills.
Pukekohe New Zealand - Motor racing, horse racing and garden fresh vegetables are Pukekohe’s major attractions. This large country town of Pukekohe NZ is always buzzing with activity.
Rakino Island New Zealand - A ferry can take you to Rakino NZ, one of Auckland’s island getaways. Woody and West Bays are superb for swimming, or you can fish from the rocks.
Rangitoto Island New Zealand - Rangitoto NZ is the mysterious black island that haunts Auckland’s inner gulf. This huge volcano erupted from the seabed around 600 years ago.
Tiritiri Matangi Island New Zealand - The island of Tiritiri Matangi Island NZ is one of the most successful conservation projects in the country. Catch a ferry and meet the birds.
Waiheke Island New Zealand - Catch a ferry to Waiheke Island NZ and experience the island’s pleasure-loving lifestyle. Discover vineyards, beaches, art galleries and exclusive lodges.
Warkworth New Zealand - Warkworth NZ acts as a gateway to the beach and wine areas to the east. Goat Island, Tawharanui and Matakana are all within easy reach from here.
Wellsford New Zealand - You’ll find Wellsford NZ where the Northland and Auckland regions merge. Main street restaurants offer plenty of choice for passing travellers.
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Thames - The town of Thames has a rich history. Here you can walk through a gold mine, watch a stamping battery crush rock and try gold panning.
Whitianga - From Whitianga you can enjoy the beaches and boat excursions of Mercury Bay. This town is home to a fishing fleet - expect great seafood!
Coromandel - Once a wild colonial gold rush town, Coromandel is a place to enjoy Victorian architecture, arts and crafts, beaches and forest walks.
Paeroa - If you’re thirsty, pause for refreshment in Paeroa. This town is the official birthplace of Lemon & Paeroa, New Zealand’s home-grown soft drink.
Tairua/Pauanui - Tairua and Pauanui are great places for a summer holiday. There are harbour and surf beaches, forest walks and plenty of fishing opportunities.
Waihi - Once a gold town, always a gold town. Since 1878, Waihi has been on a treasure hunt. Come and see the richest gold mine in New Zealand.
Whangamata - Set against a backdrop of native forest park, the relaxed surf town of Whangamata is a place to catch a wave, a fish or a delicious café meal.
BAY OF PLENTY REGION
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Tauranga - The sunny city of Tauranga will tempt you with marine adventures. Go sailing, fishing or dolphin watching to appreciate the coastal environment.
Whakatane - For around 55 days a year, Whakatane records the highest temperature in New Zealand. This sunny town is known for fishing trips and volcano visits.
Katikati - Plan a refreshment stop in Katikati to see the murals – giant works of art painted on various buildings around the town. It’s an open air gallery.
Kawerau - The timber town of Kawerau promises a rare experience. You can tour the giant pulp and paper mill, which produces 900,000 tonnes of product per year.
Mount Maunganui - Catch a wave at Mount Maunganui, or cruise the many cafés. This sunny resort town has lots of great nz places to stay and fun things to do.
Te Puke - The people of Te Puke get plenty of vitamin C, because this town is the hub of the kiwifruit growing industry. There’s even a kiwifruit theme park.
White Island - You can arrange to visit the active volcano White Island from any city in the Bay of Plenty. Tours require you to wear a hard hat. Exciting stuff!
Rotorua - The geothermal city of Rotorua is a magnet for travellers, who come to discover volcanic phenomena and learn about New Zealand’s Maori culture.
Murupara - The timber town of Murupura sits at the edge of the Kaingaroa Forest. If hunting and fishing are on your agenda, you’ll find plenty of action here.
CENTRAL NORTH REGION
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Taupo - The town of Taupo sits at the edge of the southern hemisphere’s largest lake. Local attractions include trout fishing, skiing and geothermal parks.
Turangi – Fishing is the local obsession in Turangi. This town sits on the banks of the Tongariro River, which is famous near and far for its rainbow trout.
Mangakino - If you really want to get away from it all, take your fishing rod to Mangakino. This friendly town is handy to three hydro lakes.
National Park - Summer and winter, National Park looks after travellers who want to explore the amazing landscapes of the Tongariro World Heritage Park.
Ohakune - In winter and summer, the town of Ohakune is a base for adventures in the Tongariro National Park. It’s also the ‘carrot capital’ of New Zealand.
Raetihi - Sandwiched between two magnificent national parks, the rural town of Raetihi was once one of the most remote settlements in New Zealand.
Taumarunui - With the Whanganui National Park on one side and the Tongariro World Heritage area on the other, Taumarunui is a perfect base for adventure.
Waiouru - Waiouru is home to the New Zealand Army’s largest military base. While the weather can be extreme, the Army Memorial Museum is extremely good.
Whakapapa Village For summer hiking and winter skiing, Whakapapa Village is a grand place to stay. The volcanic slopes of Mount Ruapehu are just up the road.
EAST CAPE REGION
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Gisborne - If you have a strong interest in Maori culture - and you love food, wine and surf beaches - Gisborne is a city you won’t want to miss.
Opotiki - Opotiki is a great place to slow down and get into the mood of Eastland. There are beaches to wander, forests to explore and rivers to ride.
Ruatoria - From the town of Ruatoria you can plan to climb Mount Hikurangi, the first point on mainland New Zealand to see the sunrise each day.
Te Araroa - Stop in Te Araroa to admire the oldest and largest pohutukawa tree in New Zealand, then challenge yourself to climb up to the East Cape lighthouse.
Waikaremoana (Urewera National Park) - Enclosed by the pristine native forest of Te Urewera National Park, Lake Waikaremoana is one of the North Island’s most beautiful wilderness escapes.
Wairoa - Wairoa is a friendly place to buy supplies before you venture into the wilds of Te Urewera National Park. You’ll love the wooden lighthouse.
HAWKES BAY REGION
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Napier - The Art Deco city of Napier is a place to appreciate 1930s architecture and wonderful wine. Tour the vineyards and stroll around the unique buildings.
Hastings - Bring your appetite to Hastings and relish the local food and wine opportunities. This major agricultural centre will soon have you vitamin-enriched.
Havelock North - Havelock North is a pretty country town known for art, honey and friendly restaurants. Nearby, Te Mata Peak delivers spectacular views of the region.
Waipawa - A farmstay would be the best way to enjoy the rural environment around Waipawa. Or spend an afternoon flicking a fly rod into the Tukituki River.
Waipukurau - If it’s a nice day as you’re driving through Waipukurau, check out the local airport. This is where gliders and hot air balloons come out to play.
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Hamilton - The river city of Hamilton invites you to watch sport, go cruising in a paddle steamer or graze the cafés at the southern end of the main street.
Waitomo Caves - The limestone landscape of Waitomo has been artfully sculpted by water and time, both above and below ground. Delve into a world of earth magic.
Cambridge - Cambridge is ‘the town of trees and champions’. It’s memorable for its leafy streets, heritage buildings, antique shops and thoroughbred horse studs.
Huntly - The coal town of Huntly makes an interesting stop between Auckland and Hamilton. The area’s mining history is on display at the local museum.
Kawhia - If low tide is late afternoon, Kawhia’s hot water beach offers the rare experience of soaking in a sandy spa pool while you watch the sun go down.
Matamata - Matamata was cast as Hobbiton in the Lord of the Rings movie trilogy. The hobbit holes are still here, but there are other things to see too.
Morrinsville - Morrinsville has made a special feature of its history with the Morrin Museum, where you can inspect a 1870s pioneer cottage
Ngaruawahia - The Waikato town of Ngaruawahia is culturally significant for New Zealand Maori. It is the home of the Maori King and magnificent Turangawaewae Marae.
Otorohanga - Otorohanga is New Zealand’s self-made ‘kiwiana’ town. Main street murals and displays explain some of the country’s most significant cultural icons.
Putaruru - Much of New Zealand’s bottled water comes from the Blue Springs in Putaruru. You can stroll to the springs along the riverside Te Waihou Walkway.
Raglan - In Raglan you can catch a wave or sip a great espresso. This lively surf town has an interesting creative culture and a wonderful choice of cafés.
Te Aroha - The perfect way to enjoy Te Aroha is to launch yourself on a hiking trail up the mountain, then recover with a long soak in a hot mineral pool.
Te Awamutu - Between November and April, it’s time to stop and smell the roses in Te Awamutu. This rural town has the ideal climate for fabulous blooms.
Te Kuiti - Just 20 minutes from Waitomo, Te Kuiti hosts the New Zealand Shearing Championships. This annual event is held the weekend after Easter.
Tirau - You can’t miss Tirau – just look for the large corrugated iron buildings constructed to look like a sheep and a dog. This town is a little quirky!
Tokoroa - Down to earth is a good way to describe the timber town of Tokoroa. No pretensions here; just honest kiwi hospitality and lumberjack-sized meals.
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New Plymouth - In the rhododendron season, New Plymouth’s parks and gardens are beautiful to behold. Or pull on your hiking boots and aim for Mount Taranaki.
Eltham - You’ll enjoy Eltham for its pretty Victorian buildings. The main employer here is a cheese factory – buy something tasty for the picnic basket.
Hawera - If you love milk and cheese, schedule a stop in Hawera – home of the southern hemisphere’s largest single site dairy factory.
Opunake - If you travel ‘Surf Highway 45’, you can’t miss Opunake. Stay a while to enjoy the beach and the historic walkway, which ends at Te Namu Pa.
Patea - If you’re passing through Patea, stop and ask a local to sing Poi-E for you. It’s one of New Zealand’s favourite songs and it was invented here.
Stratford - The town of Stratford looks after hikers, bikers and climbers who plan to venture into the Egmont National Park. Mount Taranaki is right next door.
Waitara - Bridge swinging is a Waitara specialty, or you could arrange to tour magnificent Manukorihi Pa. North Taranaki is full of surprises.
MANAWATU / WANGAUI REGION
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Palmerston North - Palmerston North is a sizeable city kept lively by a large population of university students. Enjoy the museums, restaurants and rose gardens.
Bulls - Pause in the town of Bulls to check out the cafes, pubs, antique shops & humorous bull signs (look for ‘Relieve-a-bull’ if you’re after the toilet).
Dannevirke - An important service centre for the Tararua region, Dannevirke is a pleasant country town with a strong Scandinavian heritage.
Feilding - Try to visit Feilding on a Friday, to see the sheep and cattle saleyards in action. Then take a stroll around the restored Edwardian town centre.
Foxton - Foxton is a town of many museums – learn about the flax industry, trolley buses, movies and sound, Dutch windmills and hand crafted dolls.
Levin - Pause in Levin for beach walks and bargains. At Waitarere Beach you can walk to a shipwreck; around town there are factory outlet shops to browse.
Marton - If you’re driving past Marton over summer, you’ll want to get lost in the amazing maize maze. Exercise your legs and your brain at the same time!
Pahiatua - Pahiatua is a base for brown trout fishing. The nearby Makuri, Mangahao, Mangatainoka, Makakahi and Manawatu Rivers have top class fishing spots.
Shannon - While travelling around New Zealand you might hear our native owls calling “morepork” at night, but in Shannon you can actually see some.
Taihape - Every year Taihape celebrates the humble gumboot with a festival that includes a gumboot throwing event. Definitely something to write home about!
Wanganui - The city of Wanganui sits at the Tasman Sea end of the wild and wonderful Whanganui River. Discover heritage buildings, a paddle steamer and much more.
WELLINGTON / WAIRAPA REGION
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Wellington - Whether you want to dabble in history or indulge at divine restaurants, Wellington is a capital city with a great deal of style. Enjoy!
Kapiti Island - Kapiti Island is a nature reserve that protects some of New Zealand’s rarest and most endangered birds. Launch trips leave from Paraparaumu Beach.
Lower Hutt - Lower Hutt’s riverside location makes it attractive in any season. Enjoy excellent museums and art galleries or drive the bays to Eastbourne.
Otaki - From the rural town of Otaki you can plan expeditions into the Tararua Forest Park, where there are great hiking and hunting opportunities.
Paraparaumu - Golf, gourmet foods and scenic flights are three reasons to spend some time in Paraparaumu. This sunny coastal town promises plenty to do.
Porirua - The harbour city of Porirua is just 15 minutes north of Wellington. It’s the home of Pataka, one of New Zealand’s most important museums.
Upper Hutt - Upper Hutt is a city for fresh air and outdoor fun. Hike or bike in the hills, fish in the river and stroll some of the 50 parks and reserves.
Waikanae - Take a break in Waikanae to discover the nature reserve. Pathways allow you to explore the swamp forest habitat and the eels are fed at 2pm.
Carterton - Carterton is known for its daffodils, antique shops and historic cottages, or you can delve into the wilderness of the Tararua Forest Park.
Eketahuna - The settlement of Eketahuna is situated on the banks of the Makakahi River. In kiwi slang, Eketahuna represents the archetypal small country town.
Featherston - If you’re a railway or military enthusiast, you’ll want to visit Featherston. This historic Wairarapa town is known for seriously good museums.
Greytown - The main street of Greytown is memorable for its carefully restored Victorian wooden buildings. Charming cafes and restaurants are a strong point too.
Martinborough - Martinborough is all about food, wine and having a fine time. Park yourself in a character cottage and discover the vineyards and restaurants on foot.
Masterton - In Masterton every March, sheep shearing is hailed as an art form. This town is the main shopping and service centre for the rural Wairarapa region.
Woodville - If you like to fossick around antique shops, spend a few hours in Woodville. Hunt for china, collectables and authentic New Zealand knick knacks.
MARLBOROUGH KAIKOURA REGION
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Blenheim - The sunny town of Blenheim is an ideal base for those who want to explore the local wine and food culture. Bike around the vineyards or catch a tour.
Picton - The pretty port town of Picton is your starting point for explorations of the Marlborough Sounds. It’s also a great place to shop for souvenirs.
D`Urville Island - Beautiful d’Urville Island in the Marlborough Sounds is a place to get away from it all. Hike, bike, fish and dive in this outdoorsy paradise.
Havelock - In the historic town of Havelock you can enjoy green-lipped mussels, browse art galleries and organise a boat trip for fishing or sightseeing.
Renwick - Visitors to Renwick have one thing on their mind - wine. Hire a bike and pedal from vineyard to vineyard; let the wineries tempt you with tastings.
NELSON GOLDEN BAY REGION
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Nelson - One of the sunniest cities in New Zealand, Nelson buzzes with creative energy. Enjoy the local art and discover culinary talent at the restaurants.
Collingwood - Collingwood is the northern gateway to Kahurangi National Park and the bird sanctuary of Farewell Spit. In every direction, the environment is amazing.
Marahau - The main gateway into the Abel Tasman National Park, Marahau has a lovely beach and a choice of nz places to stay. Catch a water taxi or hire a kayak.
Motueka - Sunny Motueka grows fruit, hops and green tea for the rest of New Zealand. There’s a lively café culture and two wonderful national parks close by.
Murchison - Come to Murchison for whitewater thrills – rafting, kayaking, canoeing and jet boating. There are fast running rivers in every direction.
Richmond - Settle yourself in Richmond to explore the beautiful Nelson region. From here you can discover wineries, beaches, national parks and much more.
St Arnaud - If you’re planning to explore the honeydew forest and mountains of Nelson Lakes National Park, you’ll find comfortable accommodation nz and friendly restaurants at St Arnaud.
Takaka - Venture over legendary Takaka Hill to find the township of Takaka, the main centre for Golden Bay. Enjoy friendly cafés and browse the art shops.
NORTH CANTERBURY REGION
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Akaroa - The most French town in New Zealand, Akaroa will have you entranced with its historic buildings, magnificent harbour and passion for fine food.
Christchurch - The city of Christchurch promises an eclectic mix of historic elegance and contemporary culture. It’s an excellent base for Canterbury explorations.
Hanmer Springs - Hanmer Springs is purpose-built for rest and rejuvenation. There’s never a dull moment while you work your way through the area’s outdoor adventures.
Kaikoura - The picturesque coastal town of Kaikoura is all about adventure on or near the sea. Watch whales, snorkel with seals or tuck into a plate of crayfish.
Amberley - Amberley is a place to find country hospitality on your journey through North Canterbury. Enjoy fresh air and mountain views – golf and fishing too!
Arthur`s Pass - The alpine village of Arthur’s Pass is a base for mountain adventures. Walk to a waterfall, hike to alpine meadows, climb a peak or hunt for red deer.
Cheviot - A taste of Cheviot hospitality might be just what you need on the road between Christchurch and Kaikoura. This rural town is very welcoming.
Kaiapoi - Kaiapoi was once the site of a major Ngai Tahu trading settlement. You can visit the pa, which appears as a series of low grassy mounds.
Lyttelton - Harbour cruises and great cafés attract visitors to the historic port town of Lyttelton, just twenty minutes from the centre of Christchurch city.
Methven - In winter, Methven is a snow sport town. In every other season, it’s a place to launch yourself into all kinds of outdoor adventure activities.
Mina - The Mina railway station serves Cheviot and other settlements in coastal North Canterbury.
Rangiora - The thriving country town of Rangiora serves the local agricultural and horticultural community. There’s no better place to enjoy Canterbury lamb.
Waipara - Wine is the reason to stay a while in Waipara. The area is known for superb Pinot Noir and Riesling. You’ll also find some wonderful food experiences.
SOUTH CANTERBURY REGION
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Kaikoura - The picturesque coastal town of Kaikoura is all about adventure on or near the sea. Watch whales, snorkel with seals or tuck into a plate of crayfish.
Timaru - Take a break in Timaru and enjoy the beachside attractions of Caroline Bay. You’ll find a maze, mini golf, gardens, an aviary and wonderful walks.
Twizel - Twizel is a handy base for explorations of Mount Cook National Park and the Mackenzie Basin. From mountain climbing to heli-biking, it’s all here.
Ashburton - Ashburton is a large town that serves the surrounding farming district. It sits between two major rivers, so fly fishing is the local obsession.
Fairlie - Fairlie is known as the ‘Gateway to the Mackenzie Country’. It’s an attractive rural service town that doubles as a ski town in winter.
Geraldine - Geraldine is a pretty country town with an artistic streak. Shop for arts and crafts, refresh at a friendly café and take a stroll around the historic trail.
Kurow - Jet boating and trout fishing are two ways to enjoy the spectacular environment around Kurow, which sits at the junction of two rivers.
Mt Cook Village - Mount Cook village nestles below New Zealand’s tallest peaks. It’s an ideal base for alpine walks that will leave you breathless in more ways than one.
Omarama - Nestled in a broad basin between mountain ranges, Omarama is well known to glider pilots. Come here to soar in the skies and fish in the fast rivers.
Temuka - Will you stop in Temuka to fish for salmon or shop for stoneware? This South Canterbury country town is a centre of angling and pottery.
Waimate - Look for the huge white horse high on the hills behind Waimate. Created from slabs of concrete, the image is more than 25 metres high.
Winchester - Winchester marks the southern end of the Inland Scenic Route 72, a delightful road trip that traces the eastern edge of the Southern Alps.
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Dunedin - Historic architecture and eco-adventures await you in Dunedin. Watch the penguins surf into the beach after a successful day’s fishing.
Oamaru - Penguins are a reason to stay a while in Oamaru. At sunset, little blue and yellow-eyed penguins waddle ashore to get comfortable for the night.
Balclutha - The tranquil river town of Balclutha is memorable for its arched concrete bridge, under which flows the mighty Clutha River.
Milton - Look for the historic Old Sod Cottage as you drive through the rural town of Milton. Built in the gold rush days, it’s more than 140 years old.
Mosgiel - If you arrive in Dunedin by air, you’ll pass Mosgiel on the way into the city. This large suburb doubles as a country town for the local farmers.
Port Chalmers - A short drive from Dunedin, Port Chalmers is a haven for artists and alternative lifestylers. It’s a great place to search for a creative souvenir.
Alexandra - From Alexandra, the walking trails and Pinot Noir vineyards of Central Otago beckon. This town has a golden history, dating back to the 1880s.
Cromwell - Cromwell was established by gold miners, but now its treasure is stone fruit. Explore nearby ghost towns and soak up the tranquil lakeside scenery.
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Invercargill - It’s easy to navigate around the wide streets of Invercargill. New Zealand’s southernmost city has plenty of character and a warm, friendly heart.
Gore - Gore is the official home of country music in New Zealand. It’s also known for great fly fishing – or maybe you’d rather go flying in a Tiger Moth!
Halfmoon Bay / Oban - From Halfmoon Bay you can launch yourself onto the tracks of Rakiura National Park. It’s a fishing town, so expect fantastic seafood.
Owaka - For travellers exploring the Catlins, Owaka is a great place to take a break. The museum and information centre will quickly expand your local knowledge.
Stewart Island - Stewart Island is a hiker’s paradise. From tall forest to windswept alpine herbfields, the natural habitats are about as pure as you can get.
Winton - Winton is a typical Southland town, with rivers for trout fishing and farmstays for a taste of rural living. Peace and quiet are guaranteed.
QUEENSTOWN WANAKA REGION
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Queenstown - In winter, scenery-packed Queenstown is a base for skiers and snowboarders. At other times of the year, it`s a place for adventure and indulgence.
Arrowtown - Arrowtown is a living historic settlement with many stories to tell. Wander the tree-lined streets of restored cottages and explore gold mining sites.
Glenorchy - Just 45 minutes from Queenstown, Glenorchy is a lakeside town near the start of the Routeburn, Greenstone, Caples, Rees and Dart Valley tracks.
Wanaka - In Wanaka you can saddle up a horse and embrace the great outdoors. If that sounds too energetic, slide into a café and absorb the lakeside scenery.
Te Anau - The main centre for discovering Fiordland National Park.
WEST COAST REGION
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Franz Josef - The hospitable town of Franz Josef serves the glacier of the same name. Stay here while you explore this spectacular World Heritage Area.
Greymouth - Greymouth is a town with a history of jade hunting, gold mining and dramatic river floods. Sample the beer and listen to wild west coast stories.
Haast - Haast is situated in the heart of Te Wahipounamu World Heritage Area. There are national parks to the north, south and east.
Hokitika - Historic Hokitika is a place to appreciate the fascinating history of the west coast. Hear about the ship wrecks, gold miners and pounamu hunters.
Punakaiki - The small settlement of Punakaiki provides holiday accommodation NZ and refreshment for visitors who come to see the famous Pancake Rocks and blowholes.
Fox Glacier - Tucked into the forested foothills of the Southern Alps, the cosy township of Fox Glacier is geared up for glacier walks, hikes and flights.
Karamea - The splendid isolation of Karamea is part of its appeal. All kinds of adventure activities can be organised here, including caving and kayaking.
Moana - They say that ‘trout die of old age’ at Lake Brunner. Moana is the lake’s only settlement; it’s also a train stop for the TranzAlpine.
Reefton - Reefton has a glittering past that you can still appreciate today. Find out about gold mining and walk the heritage trail around the town.