Great examples of Maori art can be found in the Arts and Craft Institute in Rotorua and at the Kaitaia Arts and Craft Centre in Northland. In the region of Rotorua in the North Island and in Nga Hau e Wha in Christchurch tourists can experience Maori kai (food) or enjoy a Maori powhiri (welcome ceremony).
Surrounded by mountains, rugged coastline and green rolling hills, Christchurch is considered the garden city of New Zealand. The sleepy Avon River flows through it inviting visitors to take a punt beneath flowing willow trees. An Edwardian punter gently glides you through expansive parks and public gardens giving commentary on the South Island’s largest city.
The Southernmost city in New Zealand, Invercargill has in recent years undergone something of a dramatic transformation. Wide streets, fine heritage buildings, excellent shopping facilities and hospitable locals are some of the immediate benefits of exploring the city.
Nicknamed Sulphur City, New Zealand’s smelliest town is something of an extraordinary anomaly. Head to this unique geothermal wonderland to be greeted by a waft of sulphur or be surprised as steam rises from cracks in the ground. Maori culture, geothermal forces, spas, thrills or adventure are all part of day to day Rotorua life.
Affectionately known as ‘Palmy’ by locals, Palmerston North is the main city of the Manawatu-Wanganui region. Located roughly two hours north of Wellington, the city's main streets are arranged in a grid around ‘The Square’. This seven-hectare park of lawn, trees, lakes, fountains and gardens is the main focus of Palmesrton North city life.
Known as the Mediterranean of the South Pacific Centre due to its persistently great sunshine, Nelson is also the unofficial geographical ‘centre of New Zealand’. Located at the top of the South Island, the quaint English styled town is an hour and a half drive south from the ferry terminal that links the North and South Islands.
New Zealand’s capital city is a buzz of activity, perched on the ocean and balanced on rambling hills the city has been compared to San Francisco. The oddly shaped Beehive - New Zealand’s parliament buildings, vibrant art and a buzzing waterfront have given the city the slogan ‘Positively Wellington’.
New Zealand‘s largest island is home to nine National Parks, the highest mountain peaks and the deepest fiords, country towns, city culture and outdoor experiences.