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Top New Zealand Attractions

The first time you visit New Zealand, or any new destination, the question asked isn’t usually what attractions should be scene but what attraction to see first, what to expect, how to get there, and how much time is needed. We’ve provided tips, advice, and other information about the top tourist attractions in New Zealand to help with your itinerary planning.

Te Puia Te Puia
Te Papa Te Papa
Fullers Bay Fullers Bay
Sky City Sky City

Te Puia

 Admission Adult: $25.00 NZD, Child: $13.00 NZD
 Hours Summer 8:00am-6:00pm, Winter: 8:00am-5:00pm. Guided tours: Hourly from 9:00am-4pm

For those interested in the lifestyle of the Maori culture, be sure to put a stop at Te Puia on your itinerary.

At Te Puia, be introduced to the song and dance of the indigenous people through a traditional performance. A welcome begins the start of 45 minutes of song and dance inside a sacred meetinghouse. You will be surrounded by carvings of Maori ancestors and other beautiful artwork. During the performance, hear perfect harmonies, a seductive Poi dance and a fiery war dance.

After this performance, attend the New Zealand Maori Arts and Crafts Institute. Only 12 fulltime students study here and learn the art of carving, but visitors are free to visit the school to watch and talk with the carvers.

At Te Puia, you will also find a weaving school. Many Maori of all ages are taught this craft. Please feel free to talk and listen to stories of the Maori’s works. Tourism is vital to keep this practical training alive.


Te Papa

 Address Cable Street, PO Box 467, WELLINGTON
 Admission Free
 Hours Open 10am-6pm every day of the year; 9pm on Thursday
 Phone +64 4 381 7000

Te Papa is New Zealand’s award-winning national museum. Find yourself immersed in the amazing stories of the Kiwis land and its diverse heritage. Discover the beauty of the natural environments New Zealand offers to its visitors and learn about the history of the Maori people and its European background.

Throughout Te Papa, you will see stunning long-term exhibits. They are enhanced by ever-changing short-term exhibits and various events such as performances, talks, lectures, Maori entertainment dances and much more. Be sure to check out the Time Warp for a ride through time into New Zealand’s past and future.

When you arrive at the museum, the outgoing Te Papa hosts will greet you. With their congenial personalities, they will make your visit enjoyable, comfortable and above all, informative.

If you do not want to visit the museum on your own, please call ahead to organize a tour. Te Papa offers tours to suit everyone’s needs--even if you are traveling with a small group of friends or family.

This museum is well worth the time for its imaginative exhibits and fun adventures.


Fullers Bay of Islands

 Address Maritime Building on the Waterfront
 Location Paihia
 Phone +64 9 402 7421

In operation since 1886, Fullers began providing a large range of multi-award winning cruises and tours that are an ideal way to explore the Northland region. From its base in Paihia, Fullers Bay of Islands offers a Cape Brett Hole in the Rock cruise sure to please any water lover. They also offer the Dolphin Adventures that include actual swimming with dolphins. If you have dreamed about doing this, New Zealand is the perfect place to fulfill your wish. The company also has tours titled the Original Cream Trip Supercruise and Excitor Hole in the Rock Adventure. You can also travel to the very top of New Zealand via Ninety Mile Beach on the Cape Reinga Wanderer Tour.

Find the sales offices located next to the Paihia and Russell wharves, Bay of Islands.


Sky City

 Address Cnr Victoria & Hobson Streets
 Location Auckland
 Phone +64 9 363 6000

Located in Auckland, Sky Tower is the tallest tower in the Southern Hemisphere—just a mere 328 meters high. With a 360-degree view of Auckland, you will take in breathtaking sights of the country’s capital city. With three public viewing levels, you can experience spectacular views no matter what your comfort level. Experience the glass fronted lifts or ride the glass floor lift—if you dare. Sky Tower also has a great gift shop to search for that perfect souvenir to take home. You can also experience the Sky Jump and Vertical Climb activities if you are brave enough—definitely not for those with any fear of heights. At Sky Tower, indulge yourself in one of 11 restaurants and bars, a theatre, three casinos, a 4 star hotel and a 5 star hotel. If you are up for some entertainment, head to one of the live daily shows.

This is a must-experience destination for everyone visiting Auckland.


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