New Zealand Attractions

The NZ Attractions article contains information about attractions and activities popular with visitors to New Zealand, including adventure, cultural, and sailing attractions and festivals.

Planning a trip to New Zealand? Or maybe you’re a New Zealander wanting to get out and experience all of the wonderful NZ attractions on offer. From bungy jumping and jet boating to eco tours and scenic treks, New Zealand offers it all.

New Zealand is a top holiday destination with a vibrant tourism and New Zealand travel sector, and NZ attractions across the country keep visitors entertained all year round.

Our unlimited range of NZ attractions and activities include everything from bungy jumping and sky diving, to glacial hiking, horse trekking, health and beauty relaxation treatments, scenic flights and so much more.

Visitors can choose from adventure attractions, arts and culture activities, golf courses, Maori culture attractions, zoos and wildlife parks, and plenty more options for couples, backpackers, families and intrepid travellers.

There are some great travel deals to be found online when booking your NZ attractions, so check out the huge range available before setting out on your adventure.


With more than 700 adventure-related NZ attractions alone to choose from, there’s little wonder New Zealand is considered an ideal haven for adrenaline junkies.

Some of the most popular adventure activities include caving and canyoning Indiana Jones style with Waitomo Adventures in Waitomo; jet boating with Agroventures in Rotorua; taking in a horse trail with Alpine Horse Safaris in North Canterbury; and going on a breathtaking guided trip on the West Coast’s longest glacier with Fox Glacier Guiding.

Arts And Culture

Aotearoa has a variety of artistic and cultural NZ travel attractions and activities, from meetings with the artists themselves to taking part in creative workshops and exploring Maori and Pacific arts and culture attractions.

Visit The Woodturners Kauri Gallery in Dargaville; try your hand at some artistic chocolate making at Brenton Lodge Whangamata; stop in for a coffee and some art appreciation at the Little River Gallery on Banks Peninsula; or take part in the Motuti Marae Cultural Experience in Hokianga.

Boats, Sailing And Charters

Fancy yourself a bit of an old sea dog at heart? New Zealand offers a great selection of boat and yacht charters and sailing NZ attractions over clear waters and unspoiled coastlines.

Take a day sailing tour aboard a catamaran with Abel Tasman Sailing Adventures in Nelson, or step aboard the ‘French Connection’ and learn to sail in luxury on a modern 32′ Beneteau yacht with Sailing Away, Sailing School in Auckland.

Day Spas, Health And Beauty

NZ attractions aren’t all about getting back to nature. There are also a variety of health spas and beauty treatment centres such as Careem Wellness Spa in Rotorua, where you can relax and rejuvenate while pampering yourself on your holiday.

Events, Festivals And Shows

New Zealand has a top selection of festivals and shows capturing Kiwi talent. Some of the most popular include aviation airshow Warbirds Over Wanaka, the bay of Islands Jazz and Blues Festival, the Ellerslie International Flower Show, and the Christchurch Winter Carnival.

Heritage And History

New Zealand has a top selection of history and heritage NZ attractions where you can experience a piece of New Zealand’s past.

Step back in time and tour Wellington’s oldest original cottage and garden to experience family life in colonial Wellington at the Colonial Cottage Museum, or visit an authentic mining site from the early gold rush days at the Goldfields Mining Centre in Otago.

Mediation Centres And Retreats

Wellbeing focused NZ attractions, such as the Anahata Yoga Retreat in Golden Bay, are becoming increasingly popular, with health retreats, yoga retreats, health resorts and meditation centres offering places to reflect, rejuvenate and unwind.

Mountain Biking And Cycling

New Zealand offers a superb selection of mountain biking and cycling NZ attractions and activities so you can enjoy the great outdoors and delightful scenery on a bike trail around the country.

Enjoy spectacular high country mountainous scenery when you visit New Zealand’s largest farm with Molesworth Tour Company in Marlborough, or indulge in scenic adventure, wine tasting, and special interest cycle tours, designed for you to experience Aotearoa at its purest with Pacific Cycle Tours throughout New Zealand.

Nature And Eco Tourism

Choose from a great selection of nature and eco tourism attractions and activities which include swimming with dolphins and whales, bird watching, eco and nature cruises and much more.

Join a two hour cruise and see fur seals, penguins and other marine birdlife with Black cat Cruises in Christchurch and Akaroa; learn about kiwi conservation with Kiwi Encounter in Rotorua; or take a stunning scenic flight to Tuhua nature reserve with Aerius Helicopters in Tauranga.

Skiing And Snowboarding

New Zealand ski fields enjoy fabulous scenery and offer fantastic skiing and snowboarding for all levels of experience. Visit Coronet Peak in Queenstown, Mount Hutt in Canterbury, or Temple Basin in Arthurs Pass, offering everything from gentle slopes for beginners to adrenalin-pumping challenges for experts.

To help you get to your dream NZ attractions, there are a number of New Zealand tour operators that can help you make your adventure a reality. Get in touch with tourism operators online to hunt out the best travel deals to ensure you get the most bang for your buck during your New Zealand holiday.