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Want to know some of the standout things to do in New Zealand? Then have a look through our handpicked suggestions below...
1. Te Papa Museum, Wellington
New Zealand’s national museum is a fairly recent creation, only having opened its doors towards the end of the 1990s. It's home to a large collection of exhibits, however, covering the country’s flora and fauna, and, particularly, the cultural heritage of the Maori.
The area of Rotorua is a seething mass of geothermal springs and pyrotechnic geysers. While the largest geyser, called Te Whakarewarewa, erupts around 15 times a day, volcanic activity through the ages has formed a varied and dramatic landscape of bursting water and bubbling mud.
3. Auckland Art Gallery, Auckland
Housed across two buildings (one of which is an impressive chateau-styled colonial affair), the Auckland Art Gallery contains a predominantly Maori collection, along with work by the country’s most famous artist, Frances Hodgkin.
4. Fox Glacier, Westland Tai Poutini Park
This snaking sheet of ice has been carving a course down through its valley for centuries. Next to the beautiful Lake Matheson, the frozen water can be marveled at from afar, and even climbed upon.
5. Fiordland National Park, Southwest New Zealand
Stretching over 12,500 km², Fiordland National Park is by far the largest of New Zealand’s 14 national parklands. As its name suggests, the area is dominated by a series of deep fiords, the most famous of which, known as ‘Milford Sound’, attracts half a million visitors every year.