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New Zealand Travel: Most Popular Articles

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Yes, Prostitution is Legal in New Zealand:...
What you need to know about prostitution and sex workers in New Zealand, including laws and services.
The Best Adult and Swinger Clubs in New Zealand
Where to go in New Zealand if you are a couple and looking for adult entertainment
10 Things You Must Do in Queenstown
The Ten Best Things to See and Do in Queenstown, South Island, New Zealand
The Top 10 Reasons to Visit New Zealand
New Zealand wasn’t chosen as the location for filming “The Lord of the Rings” for nothing. Here’s how to make your trip to New Zealand memorable.
North Island or South Island: Where to Go in...
Use this to help you decide in which island of New Zealand to spend most of your trip time.
Where to Swim “Au Naturel&#226...
There are several nudist and naturist beaches in the Auckland area. Here are the most popular.
South Island Highlights
The major tourist highlights of the South Island of New Zealand. Don't miss them!
Freedom (Wild) Camping and the Law in New Zealand
If you’re traveling around New Zealand with a tent, caravan, or campervan, this is what you need to know about your rights and responsibilities.
The Best Cheap Eats in Queenstown, New Zealand
Where to eat on a budget when visiting Queenstown
What Does it Cost in New Zealand?
How do New Zealand prices compare? Here is what you can expect to pay for essential items in New Zealand. Page 2.
Telephone Area Codes in New Zealand
A guide to area codes in the regions of New Zealand, including landline, mobile, toll free, and paid-for phone services.
New Zealand Dangerous Plants and Animals
Here are the plants, insects and other creatures to watch out for in New Zealand.
Driving Tours of New Zealand: Christchurch to...
What to see on the spectacular drive from Christchurch to Queenstown
New Zealand Country Calling Code for Phones
Country calling code information for making calls to or from New Zealand.
Lake Taupo Facts and Figures
Lake Taupo is the largest freshwater lake in Australasia. Here are more interesting facts about this beautiful lake.
Spaceship Campers: A Self Drive Alternative for...
If you're considering traveling around New Zealand in a campervan you should take a look at these innovative vehicles.
Driving Day Trips from Auckland
If you have a day or more to spare in Auckland, a thirty minute drive in any direction will take you to a number of great destinations.
What To See and Do in Noumea
Where to go and what to do to get the most from your holiday in Noumea, New Caledonia
Whangarei Restaurant and Bar Guide
Whangarei has some great restaurants, bars and places to eat. If you're looking for a meal out, here are the places to check out.
Naturist and Nudist Clubs and Accommodation in...
Naturist clubs and other places to stay to enjoy a naturist/nude holiday in the North Island of New Zealand.
Weather and Climate in New Zealand
Information about New Zealand’s geography, seasons, and temperatures to determine when is the best time of year to visit.
North Island Highlights
As one of the two main islands of New Zealand, the North Island has a virtually endless array of sights and attractions that will impress any visitor.
Driving Tours of New Zealand: Auckland to the...
What to see and do when heading north from Auckland to the Bay of Islands in Northland, one of the country’s most beautiful and historic regions.
Queenstown Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit Tours
Visit the locations used for the filming of Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit near Queenstown on a guided tour with Nomad Safaris.
Driving Tour: Taupo to Wellington (Inland Route)
This is the most direct route to Wellington from Taupo. It passes through the middle of the North Island, including the Tongariro National Park.
Portuguese Man-of-War (Bluebottle) Jellyfish
Here are the plants, insects and other creatures to watch out for in New Zealand. Page 6.
Best Things to Do in Auckland
As New Zealand's largest city and the arrival point for most international visitors, Auckland is a great place to start your trip.
East Cape – Opotiki to Gisborne (Coastal...
A drive around the easternmost part of the North Island has some of the most stunning coastal scenery in New Zealand.
New Caledonia on a Budget
If you are looking for a budget vacation to New Caledonia, here are some ways to enjoy a great holiday without breaking the bank.
Restaurant Review: The Herb Shack Cafe,...
A review of the only vegan, vegetarian and gluten free restaurant in the Far North of New Zealand
Top Ten Best Beaches in the Far North,...
Northland is most renowned for its fabulous beaches. Here are the top ten beaches to visit north of the Bay of Islands, New Zealand.
Top Ten Things to Do in Taupo
If you are visiting Taupo in the North Island, here are some things you won't want to miss.
Ninety Mile Beach, Northland
Explore this wonderful part of the west coast on your visit to the Far North of New Zealand.
Sharks
Here are the plants, insects and other creatures to watch out for in New Zealand. Page 7.
South Island Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit...
Explore the South Island sites where The Lord of the Rings movie trilogy and The Hobbit were filmed in New Zealand with these recommended tours.
Great Driving Trips of New Zealand: North Island
More than half of New Zealand’s roads are in the North Island. Here are some suggested routes and highlights for driving around the North Island.
New Zealand Trip Planning
New Zealand is a fabulous place to visit. However, to make the most of your trip there are some very important questions you should ask yourself.
10 Reasons to Visit New Zealand's North Island
Want to visit the North Island of New Zealand? Here are ten reasons why you should.
Sandflies
Here are the plants, insects and other creatures to watch out for in New Zealand. Page 5.
Mosquito
Here are the plants, insects and other creatures to watch out for in New Zealand. Page 4.
White-Tailed Spider
Here are the plants, insects and other creatures to watch out for in New Zealand. Page 3.
Kea
An adult Kea in Fiordland, New Zealand. Page 8.
New Zealand World Records and Firsts
The world's smallest dolphin, the largest bird that ever lived, the first person to reach the top of the world's highest mountain: these are just some of the fascinating unique world firsts and records that come from New Zealand. Explore some of New Zealand's greatest achievements here.
Ten Best Beaches of Northland
Northland has some of the finest coastline in New Zealand. Here are the ten best beaches between Auckland and the Bay of Islands.
When to Visit New Zealand
Any time is a great time to visit New Zealand. It really depends on what you want to do. Here are some of the highlights of each season in New Zealand.
Freedom Camping in New Zealand
If you are intending on camping or traveling in a motorhome in New Zealand here are the things you need to know, including laws, certification, and more.
Katikati Naturist Park, North Island, New Zealand
Description and Facilities at a Nude Resort and Campsite near Katikati
Katipo Spider
Here are the plants, insects and other creatures to watch out for in New Zealand.
Redback spider
Here are the plants, insects and other creatures to watch out for in New Zealand. Page 2.
Ten Best Coromandel Beaches
North Island’s Coromandel Peninsula has some of the loveliest beaches in New Zealand. Here are some of the best that definitely should not be missed.
November in New Zealand
If you're visiting New Zealand during November here are some of the things to look out for and what to expect.
How to Get Around New Zealand
The best ways to travel through New Zealand, including all the transport options.
New Zealand Wine: Grape Varieties and Wine Styles
New Zealand is well known for its wines. An overview of the main grape varieties planted in the country and a description of the types of wine they produce.
October in New Zealand
October is a great month to visit New Zealand. Here is what you will find.
Fun and Free Things To Do in Taupo
The area around Lake Taupo has some great things to do and explore that won't cost you anything. Here are some of the best.
Auckland's Best Shopping Areas
When it comes to shopping, Auckland has everything you would expect from an international city.
North Island Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit...
Recommended tours to explore the North Island sites where The Lord of the Rings movie trilogy and The Hobbit were filmed in New Zealand.
Top 10 Mistakes Tourists Make in New Zealand
Don't make these mistakes when you visit New Zealand.
Vegetarian and Vegan Dining in Auckland, New...
Looking for dining options for vegetarians and vegans in Auckland? There are plenty of choices from a wide-range of cuisines.
Best Fine Wine Stores Directory
Contact details for New Zealand's best wines shops.
Auckland Region Walks and Hikes
Spend time exploring the many interesting walking and hiking trails in and around New Zealand's largest city.
Pohutukawa: the New Zealand Christmas Tree
The beautiful pohutukawa tree, often described as New Zealand’s Christmas Tree, is the country's best-known and most visible native tree.
Christmas in New Zealand
If you are in New Zealand over Christmas, you'll find the celebration a little different to the northern hemisphere. Here's what you can expect and how to get the most from a Christmas in New Zealand.
10 Reasons to Visit New Zealand's South Island
The South Island of New Zealand has many great things to see and do. Here are ten reasons why you want to include the South Island in your trip to New Zealand.
Best Restaurants, Cafes and Dining in Rotorua
As one of New Zealand's leading tourist areas, Rotorua has many excellent options for eating. Here are some highlights.
Wines, Wineries and Vineyards: Gisborne
Details and descriptions of the wine, wineries and vineyards in the Gisborne Region, North Island, New Zealand
South Island Travel Guide
The South Island contains some of New Zealand's most awesome sights. Here is information about how to get the best from your visit.
Driving Tours of New Zealand: Auckland –...
Highlights of the scenic route from Auckland to Taupo via Rotorua
Cheap Bus and Coach Travel in New Zealand
Want to save money on bus and coach travel in New Zealand? Follow these tips.
Waitakere Walks: Short and Easy Trails
The Waitakere Ranges is one of the best places for walking in the Auckland region. Here are some of the shorter walks that are both easy and very enjoyable.
North Island Beaches
Where to find the best beaches in the North Island of New Zealand.
New Zealand Clickable Maps
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Driving Tours of New Zealand: Auckland to...
The drive from Auckland to Tauranga in the Bay of Plenty has many things to see along the way, including the spectacular Karangahake Gorge.
Auckland Airport Restaurants, Cafes and Dining
If you’re traveling to or from Auckland Airport, there are a number of restaurants and cafes in the terminal and in the shopping areas close by.
Exploring the Waitakere Ranges, West Auckland
The Waitakere Ranges, a rainforest to the west of Auckland City, has some beautiful bush and beaches to explore.
Introducing New Zealand
New Zealand is one of the most special places on the planet to visit and explore. Find out here what makes the country unique and why you should come here.
The Pros and Cons of Visiting New Zealand in July
July is the middle of winter in New Zealand, and one of the best months for skiing, snow sports, and other alpine activities.
The Hobbit Movie Locations
New Zealand filming locations for the Hobbit movie trilogy.
Great Driving Trips of New Zealand: South Island
Explore the South Island of New Zealand with these great driving tours.
Twenty Best Things to Do in the Bay of Islands
A guide to the 20 top things to see and do in North Island’s leading tourist destination, centered around the towns of Kerikeri, Paihia, and Russell.
New Zealand School Holidays
School and public holidays can be a busy time to travel, particularly in the summer. Here is a list of all holiday dates to help you book travel in advance.
April in New Zealand
April is the middle of autumn in New Zealand, and one of the prettiest months to enjoy the country’s natural scenery.
West Coast Towns, South Island
The major towns of the West Coast of the South Island, New Zealand. Where they are and what to see and do.
Mount Cook Village: Visit the Region of New...
This part of the Mount Cook National Park is one of the most special alpine areas in New Zealand.
New Caledonia
A French colony, New Caledonia is an unspoilt paradise that combines a unique culture with beautiful beaches and tropical scenery.
East Cape - Opotiki to Gisborne (Coastal...
The second leg of the Coastal Pacific Highway from Opotiki to Gisborne, one of New Zealand's great driving tours.
Ten Day Road Tour of the South Island
Picton to Christchurch Road Trip. Page 2.
Complete Driving Tour of the South Island
Here's a complete driving tour of the South Island, with best places to go and things to see.
March in New Zealand
March is the beginning of autumn in New Zealand, and one of the best months to enjoy the country’s natural scenery.
New Zealand Travel Apps for iPhone, iPad or...
A selection of the best apps to use on your mobile device to make your trip to New Zealand easier and more enjoyable.
Map of South Island
New Zealand Region Maps. New Zealand Travel. Page 3.
Bungy Jump Sites in the North Island
A list and description of where you can try bungy jumping in the North Island. Included are details of commercial operators.
Backpacker's Guide to New Zealand
Things you need to know for traveling around New Zealand as a backpacker.
Cannabis (Marijuana) and Other Illegal Drugs in...
What you need to know about drugs and the law in New Zealand
Cheap New Zealand: Tips for Cheap Travel in New...
Here are some ideas that will help your money go further in New Zealand, while still giving you a great vacation.
New Zealand Language: Kiwi Expressions and...
The most common slang terms and expressions used in New Zealand, along with their meanings.
New Zealand Language: Accent and Pronunciation
About the accent and pronunciation of words and phrases used in New Zealand. Also take the New Zealand Language Quiz.
New Zealand National Army Museum, Waiouru,...
A visit to the National Army museum is a highlight of any trip through the central North Island. It is one of the best museums in the country.
Health and Safety in New Zealand
Health and Safety Information for Visitors to New Zealand
Air New Zealand and Other Airlines and Airports...
Information about New Zealand's national air carrier and other air travel information to and within New Zealand
Cape Reinga: The Northernmost Tip of New Zealand
Explore the most northern point of New Zealand at the sacred and beautiful Cape Reinga
Best Cafes on Auckland's North Shore
If you are in Auckland’s North Shore and looking for a good coffee, snack, or lunch, here are the cafes worth checking out.
Auckland Beaches
Sitting on the junction of two harbors, Auckland is surrounded by beaches in all directions. Here are the best beaches for fun and relaxation.
Auckland North Shore Beaches
Explore the beaches of the North Shore, some of the best in the Auckland region.
Driving Tour of New Zealand: Auckland –...
Highlights of the scenic route from Auckland to Taupo via Rotorua. Page 2.
Where to See the Kiwi Bird in New Zealand
If you want to see a real live kiwi bird, visit one of the several kiwi houses or sanctuaries to be found throughout New Zealand.
Maruia Springs: A New Zealand Hidden Gem
Maruia Springs is a delightful, Japanese-inspired resort and spa just a two hour drive north of Christchurch.
August in New Zealand
August is the last month of winter in New Zealand and is the height of the ski, snowboarding, and winter sports season.
Map of Northland
New Zealand Region Maps. New Zealand Travel. Page 4.
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Top Rated Luxury and Five Star Auckland Hotels
Here are our recommendations for the finest luxury hotels in Auckland
Lake Taupo, New Zealand's Largest Lake
What to See and Do Around Lake Taupo in the central North Island
Best Northland Towns
If you're visiting Northland, make sure you visit these historic and interesting towns.
Map of Lake Taupo
New Zealand Region Maps. New Zealand Travel. Page 13.
Guide to Queenstown: Outdoor Adventure Capital...
What to see and do in Queenstown, New Zealand's most picturesque and exciting tourist destination.
Where to See Kiwis in the Wild in New Zealand
A list of places to see the kiwi bird in their natural wilderness environment.
Skydiving in New Zealand
You can try a parachute jump in many parts of New Zealand. No experience necessary!
Fun For Families in Auckland
Fun things for all the family to do when in Auckland.
Map of Marlborough
New Zealand Region Maps. New Zealand Travel. Page 19.
Bungy Jump Sites in the South Island
A list and description of where you can try bungy jumping in the South Island. Included are details of commercial operators.
Best Cafes and Cheap Eats in Tauranga
Where to go in Tauranga if you are looking for a coffee or quick meal.
New Zealand Wine and Food Festivals
Discover New Zealand's major wine festivals, held throughout the country. They are a fun way to try the best of each region's wines and foods.
New Zealand Nude Blacks
What will New Zealanders think of next? How about a game of the national sport, Rugby - in the nude?
Best Fine Wine Stores in New Zealand
If you're looking to buy a good bottle of New Zealand or international wine, you should visit a specialist shop. Here are the best in the country.
Map of Canterbury
New Zealand Region Maps. New Zealand Travel. Page 21.
Map of Hawkes Bay
New Zealand Region Maps. New Zealand Travel. Page 14.
Guide to Christchurch: Garden City of the South...
What to see and do in Christchurch, the largest city in the South Island of New Zealand.
Internet Services in New Zealand
Want to know where and how you can get internet access in New Zealand? Here are some tips and facts for international travelers.
Map of the West Coast
New Zealand Region Maps. New Zealand Travel. Page 20.
Waitakere Walks: Upper Nihotupu Dam Track
Some of the best walking trails in the Waitakere Ranges near Auckland
Marlborough Wine Region: Wineries, Wines,...
Information about the Marlborough Wine Region of New Zealand, including best vineyards and wines, sauvignon blanc and other grape varieties and more.
Best Auckland City Walks
Auckland is a great city to explore on foot. Here are some of the best places to walk within the central Auckland region.
Best Auckland Hostels and Backpackers
Listing of the best budget accommodation and backpacker hostels in Auckland, New Zealand.
Boat Trips of the Bay of Islands, Northland,...
Ways to get out on the water and around the islands in the Bay of Islands
New Zealand Natural Dangers and Hazards
Make sure you stay safe in your travel through New Zealand by being aware of these natural dangers.
Whangarei Cafe Guide
If you're looking for a coffee or a quick meal in Whangarei, here are the best places to head for.
Map of Queenstown
New Zealand Region Maps. New Zealand Travel. Page 24.
Complete Driving Tour of the North Island
Use this driving tour to plan your trip around the North Island. These are the things to see and the places to visit.
Important and Emergency Phone Numbers in New...
Telephone numbers you need to know about in New Zealand.
December in New Zealand
Information on visiting New Zealand during the month of December, including weather and things to see and do.
Map of Central Otago
New Zealand Region Maps. New Zealand Travel. Page 25.
New Zealand's Ten Best Holiday Beaches
New Zealand has a vast variety of wonderful beaches, particularly in the North Island. For most New Zealanders a holiday at the beach is the ideal way to spend summer. Here are the best ten beaches in New Zealand for spending a holiday. I have selected them based on popularity, quality of beach, amenities, location and facilities.
Best Fine Dining Restaurants in Auckland
The best fine dining restaurants in Auckland, New Zealand.
Places to Visit in the Central North Island
The central part of the North Island features volcanic and geothermal activity as well as parks and lakes. Here are the best places to visit and things to see and do in the region.
Map of Eastland
New Zealand Region Maps. New Zealand Travel. Page 10.
Best Bars, Ponsonby Road, Auckland
Best Bars in Ponsonby Road, Auckland, New Zealand.
Diving and Underwater Sports in New Caledonia
All about diving in the world's largest lagoon. New Caledonia is one of THE diving spots of the South Pacific.
New Zealand Historic Places Trust
If you are interested in New Zealand history, the Historic Places Trust is a valuable resource. Find out about the Trust and the services it provides.
Auckland Airport Information
Details for using New Zealand's largest airport, whether arriving or departing.
September in New Zealand
Weather and what to see and do in New Zealand during September.

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