New Zealand Vacations

Having served as the backdrop to numerous films, including the mega-blockbuster Lord of the Rings trilogy, New Zealand is best known for its absolutely stunning landscapes as well as the cozy cities that make New Zealand consistently voted the world's number one vacation destination. The sparsely populated dual-island nation offers Auckland (the ... Read more
'City of Sails'), Maori culture and unimaginable beauty on the North Island and, on the South Island, the Southern Alps, sheep farms and glaciers and fjords. While the South Island is world-famous for its stark natural beauty, just about every imaginable outdoor activity is available on both islands: bungee jumping, ice climbing, cave rafting, fishing, kayaking, mountain biking ... the list goes on. A safe country with an extremely advanced tourist infrastructure, New Zealand has a reputation as one of the easiest places in the world to travel. No matter your budget level, New Zealand has an embarrassment of hotel variations from funky hostels to comfortable B&Bs and sleek city hotels to upscale rural lodges

New Zealand places to stay and top hotels

New Zealand things to do and experiences

  • Sky Tower
    8.257 reviews
    Sights and Museums, Historic Site, Capitol Building, Landmark
    Popular withAdventureFoodies
  • Mount Eden Domain
    8.647 reviews
    Outdoors, Hiking and Nature, Scenic Lookout
    Popular withOutdoorsyBackpackers
  • Auckland War Memorial Museum
    8.928 reviews
    Sights and Museums
    Popular withHistoryFamilies
  • Auckland Harbour Bridge
    7.934 reviews
    Sights and Museums, Bridge
    Popular withAdventureOutdoorsy


New Zealand


Majestic natural beauty and mild weather year round mean there's not really a wrong time to visit New Zealand. South Island sees contrasting seasons much more than North, and temperatures can drop as low as 14F ... Read more
(-10C) in winter. North Island has a more subtropical climate with substantial rainfall. Summer, from December - February, is the high season, while winter (June - August) brings the ski crowds -- and inflated prices -- to Queenstown, Mount Hutt, Canterbury and the Central Plateau.

Top New Zealand restaurants

  • Fergburger
    9.439 reviews
    Popular withFoodiesBackpackers
  • Skyline Queenstown
    9.322 reviews
    Bar, Buffet
    Popular withAdventureOutdoorsy
  • Whole Cafe
    10.01 review
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  • Aroha
    10.01 review
    Vegetarian, Vegan
    Popular withVegetarianBackpackers
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'Gay marriage is legal' in New Zealand and 'you can tell the local culture doesn't really have a problem with it.' People are 'very friendly' and 'treat you just like everyone else.' This was the 'first country in the South Pacific to pass marriage ... Read more
equality laws' and 'New Zealand has some of the most advanced LGBTI' laws. Still, be a 'little more cautious in rural places.'

Trip by Skyscanner surveyed its LGBTQ Tribe to compile safety tips for this destination. While no one destination is ever completely safe or unsafe, our hope is that this information will allow users to make their own decisions with better information.

New Zealand reviews & trip reports

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    Outdoor Enthusiasts
  • 8.2
    Adventure Travelers
  • 7.0
    Green Travelers
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Bandar Seri Begawan, Brunei

At the moment we have lots of snow
Come to the visitors center and enjoy a hot meal and enjoy a nice drink

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Klang, Malaysia

New Zealand is my dream country because we really lked and admired the lands and natural beauty of this country.

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Anchorage, Alaska, USA

New Zealand was my first love and it always will be. It was the first country I've ever been outside of my own (Korea), and it taught me so much about traveling, life, people, and the world. This is still a place where I want to go retire. The nature, the laid back lifestyle, the food, the scenery; it's all too good to be true. From the top of North Island to the bottom of the South, this is truly a wonderful country.

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San Francisco, California, USA

New Zealand is one of my favorite countries in the world. My dad and I went to New Zealand for 15 days and I wouldn't have shortened that trip by a single day. We had an opportunity to see both the North and the South islands. Don't miss breath taking Milford Sound and do the boat tour there. Queenstown is loads of fun too. Oh, and try the hokey pokey ice cream (vanilla ice cream with small hunks of honeycomb toffee) and the pavlova in New Zealand, they're two of my favorite desserts there!

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Don't be sheepish. New Zealand is so lovely and laid back you will most certainly feel right at home .

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New York City, New York State, USA

In New Zealand, the lush setting of the Lord of the Rings films, travelers can look forward to adventures on glaciers, in rainforests, and on the peaks of the Southern Alps, not to mention bungee jumping, jet boating, and hiking on the legendary Milford Track. All while meeting some of the friendliest and most open-minded people in the world—a major plus for those going solo.

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Menlo Park, California, USA

Hosting the filming of the Lord of the Rings trilogy was a real investment in tourism for this island nation. Whether a fan of the J.R.R. Tolkien epic or not, there’s no debating that the scenery is spectacular. A tour of some of the top filming sites will take you through places like the Waiau River (River Anduin), the Southern Alps (Misty Mountains), and Tongariro National Park (Mordor). And real film buffs won’t want to miss Hobbiton, which you can still tour in Matamata.

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Puerto Vallarta, Mexico

Stunning and magical! Like a mystical fairy land, which is I suppose why New Zealand is often used in films to depict fantasy and other worldly places. Beautiful country with tons of international travelers from all over the world. And with such variety in activities there is really something for everyone.

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New Zealand is the place to go
I have been there and definitely will go there again.
Coming back I wrote an ebook
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San Diego

Land of pristine nature, untouched paradises, and impeccable beauty. New Zealand seems like the last corner of earth that hasn't been ravaged and compromised - it's modern, firmly set in the 21st century, and yet manages to maintain an old world feel, especially in the country. The land is sparsely populated (indeed, there are more sheep than people!) and one can drive for days through rolling meadows, craggy mountains, roaring rapids, plunging gorges, and gentle sloping plains dotted with hay bales, sheep, and grazing cows. As if to reflect its stunning scenery, the people - or "kiwis" - are arguably the friendliest and most hospitable people on the planet.