New Zealand’s spectacular landscapes, clean environment and easy-going lifestyle, make it one of the world’s most desirable holiday destinations.

The country is renowned for its ‘extreme’ adventures in dramatic settings such as mountains, glaciers, volcanoes, fiords, caves and raging rivers. But it is equally appealing to visitors as a gentle landscape where ‘soft’ adventures can be enjoyed on easy hiking trails, scenic hilltops, quiet rural towns and tranquil lakes.

New Zealand’s Information Network has compiled lists of Free & Low Cost Activities for each of our top 20 holiday destinations. We hope that this will assist you in accessing all the natural and man-made visitor attractions and activities that New Zealand has to offer.

These towns and resorts have a multitude of things to do like bush walking, beachcombing, mountain climbing, wine-sampling, art and craft trailing, sightseeing, heritage trail exploring, shopping and weekend market bargain hunting.

There is something new around every bend in the road and these discoveries can take you off the beaten track. Sometimes the unplanned, spur-of-the-moment adventures can produce the most enduring holiday memories. A third of New Zealand’s land area is preserved as conservation estate and access is free to everyone. So explore every part of the country and be prepared for unexpected delights and surprises.

We suggest that when you arrive at each new town you head to the Visitor Information Centre. These are usually indicated by green ‘i’ (information) signs as you enter the built up area and are generally located in the centre of town. The helpful staff will provide brochures and leaflets on every local attraction and activity that is of interest to you.

For more information on activities around the country and to help you plan your holiday itinerary, visit other web pages on our New Zealand Information Network.

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