What are you seeking? Are you seeking a beautiful environment, a place to connect with others and renew your spirits, a place to bask in the glories of nature or feast on the bounties of the sea? Are you seeking the joys of travel? It sounds like you’re seeking New Zealand.
New Zealand has come roaring back to the world of travel just as beautiful and friendly as ever, but with an added emphasis on sustainable and meaningful travel experiences. Restrictions are gone and the country is free to explore in whichever manner you choose. Take your time and wind your way from the top of the North Island to the southernmost tip of the South Island, or focus on a specific region and discover its secrets for yourself.
When you're ready to travel, fly with our partner Air New Zealand, who have made travel to New Zealand more accessible than ever. In addition to great deals, they've added direct flights from New York City to Auckland, and direct services from Chicago, Houston, and Vancouver have restarted. These are in addition to regular services from Los Angeles and San Francisco. It's never been easier to discover the wonders of New Zealand.
This is a country that invites seekers to come and discover what they’re looking for, no matter what kind of travel experiences they are dreaming of.
If You Seek…
You’ll Find Meaningful Connections
You’ll find some of the friendliest people in the world in New Zealand. New Zealanders have a deep pride in manaakitanga, which is a Maori word meaning “showing respect.” It’s the New Zealander art of hospitality, ensuring that everyone who visits New Zealand is welcomed with open arms and a hearty smile. But it goes beyond simple hospitality. It encourages an embrace of those visitors who are curious about their land and culture and who want to experience a new way of seeing and doing. If you want to meet people and discover new cultures, New Zealand is the place for you. Learn about the traditions of the Maori, and the Indigenous people of New Zealand, and meet with those individuals keeping ancient traditions alive as well as incorporating them into the modern world. Enjoy the trendy quiet of the nation’s cafe culture or the peaceful respite of country life. No matter where you go in New Zealand, the chance for meaningful connections abounds.
You’ll Find Adventure
New Zealand is a place to lose yourself in the views of fjords cutting through green hills and forests skirting black-sand shorelines. It’s also a place to get your heart rate up in whichever manner you choose. This is a place for soft adventure, from hiking the cliffs of the Bay of Islands to the lighthouses of the southern coast of the South Island. It’s also a place for adventure with a capital “A,” the sort of experience that gets your blood pumping and adrenaline coursing through your veins. Jet-ski across Lake Wakatipu, zip-line through the forests of the South Island, go white-water rafting on a raging river, or bungee jump from a platform high above the adventure capital of Queenstown. If you need a bit of adventure in your life, you’ll find it in New Zealand.
You’ll Find Flavour
The food and drink in New Zealand never get enough credit. It’s not flashy, but it’s incredibly satisfying. There’s the famous grilled and roasted lamb from the nation’s abundant ranches and pastures, fish and chips in the coastal towns and cities, fresh crayfish and seafood in local markets, and boutique restaurants wherever you look. There are hangi meals, the Maori art of cooking food buried in an underground oven, which make for satisfying feasts. There are the humble pleasures of the meat pie and the sweet touch of pavlova or hokey pokey (a uniquely New Zealander dessert of vanilla ice cream mixed with crunchy honeycomb toffee). And of course, there are wines across the nation in its celebrated wine regions. Sauvignon blanc is the most famous and pinot noir is a close second, but you’ll find excellent vintages and good prices wherever you go. And the craft beer culture is growing too. The flavours of New Zealand have never tasted better.
You’ll Find Relaxing Environments
It should go without saying that New Zealand is beautiful. It’s a place of otherworldly beauty, not just the fjords and snow-capped mountains of the South Island, but also the windswept cliffs, the thick ancient forests, the sandy beaches, the temperate plains, and the towering volcanoes. Ride the ferry from the largest city, Auckland, and visit Waiheke Island and you’ll feel like you’ve been transported back in time to when nature was big, beautiful, and all-encompassing. This land without predators is a place to lose yourself in nature, go stargazing in a dark sky reserve, camp in a national park, gaze in wonder upon an exploding geyser, and relax in a natural hot spring. It’s a place to feel the grass and dirt between your toes and erase the boundaries between humankind and nature as you watch migrating whales off the shore or penguins waddling along the rocky coast.
You’ll Find Movie Magic
Did we mention that New Zealand is Middle-earth? You likely knew this already. Peter Jackson’s The Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit trilogies were filmed there, as well as the first season of Prime Video’s popular prequel series, The Rings of Power. The Hobbiton Movie Set, with Bag End, the Green Dragon Inn, and Bilbo’s Party Tree, are all still there outside Matamata, ready for you to visit and to experience the life of a hobbit. The country is also where the magical movie artists of Weta Workshop craft their special effects, costumes, and models. You can see behind-the-scenes work from the Middle-earth films, as well as Avatar and other popular franchise entertainment, in the capital, Wellington. And throughout the country, beyond Wellington and Matamata, you can see natural locations from these and other movies, from the volcanic slopes of Mt. Ngauruhoe to the fjords of Milford Sound. Movie magic is real in New Zealand.
If you seek adventure, friendship, relaxation, great food, and new friends—if you seek a beautiful world to discover—plan a trip to New Zealand and fly with Air New Zealand. Get in touch with a Goway Destination Specialist and follow your heart to Aotearoa, the land of the long white cloud. You’ll find what you’re looking for here.
This article was written in parnership with Tourism New Zealand and Air New Zealand.
Editor's note: This article has been updated from its original version with new information about direct air routes with Air New Zealand.
26 Oct 2022, 9:45 p.m.