Collected by Katherine Miyamasu
585 Waitomo Caves Rd, Waitomo 3977, New Zealand
Waitomo, on New Zealand’s North Island, is known mostly for its glowworms. This is one of the few places in the world where they exist and millions of visitors descend onto the village every year to walk through the dark caves and see the sparkly...
151 Queen St, Auckland, 1010, New Zealand
If you're looking to come to Auckland, the newest eating spot by the water is Wynyard Quarter, know to locals as North Wharf. Just across a walk bridge from the Auckland Viaduct, it also happens to be home of Auckland's seafood festival—yum!...
Princes Wharf, 147 Quay St, Auckland, 1010, New Zealand
During my time in Auckland, I heard repeatedly that the city is home to the highest number of boats per capita in the world. I relayed this information to Kevin Bowler, CEO of Tourism New Zealand, while we watched a Maori dance performance on the...
A market concept with a difference: not one location but five. The Auckland Night markets are held on Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday nights in Pakuranga, Onehunga, Glenfield, Papatoetoe and Whangaparaoa. With a real international flavour to...
Lake Tekapo 7999, New Zealand
Lake Tekapo is a sweet little slice of heaven, and a paradise you'll have all to your own, should you visit outside the high season. The glacial waters running out of the Southern Alps are every bit as mesmerizing as they are refreshing - which is...
Lake Pukaki, Canterbury 7999, New Zealand
A magical alpine lake on the South Island is Lake Pukaki, crystal blue and turquoise. Oftentimes in the morning it's so still it reflects a perfect mirror of the clouds. One of many glacial lakes in the area, the best view is from the southside,...
Lake Wakatipu, Otago, New Zealand
Autumn on the South Island of New Zealand was colorful enough to remind me of the trees at home, although back in New England, we don't have massive towering mountains looming over our deciduous foliage (I love you, White Mountains, but you ain't...
6 Henry St, Queenstown 9300, New Zealand
While New Zealand is a destination for any type of traveler, there's no ignoring its popularity with backpackers. Owing to its wild beauty combined with more adrenaline-inducing adventure sports than you could ever imagine—plus being one of the...
State Highway 6, Gibbston Valley, Queenstown 9384, New Zealand
New Zealand’s reputation as an adventure playground is well-earned; you can free just about all your fears here. Skydive 15,000 feet over dramatic scenery, paraglide from steep mountainsides, or zipline between native trees. The Kawarau River in...
Britomart Place, 22 Customs St E, Auckland, 1010, New Zealand
Franz Josef Glacier, West Coast 7886, New Zealand
I was a glacier virgin. I had never seen one in person before, much less set foot on one. That all changed though as the helicopter lifted off and took off towards the incredible Franz Josef Glacier on New Zealand’s South Island. Almost as...
Milford Sound 9679, New Zealand
In mid-May I spent a day kayaking in the idyllic Milford Sound—my first day in New Zealand. The water was cool and clean and the fog gave the Sound a mysterious feel. Kayaking offered the opportunity to get up close with some playful fur seal...
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