We may be a rather young nation, but New Zealand has had a vibrant and fascinating past. Visiting the places where our greatest tales once unfolded allows visitors to gain a deeper insight into the kiwi culture and way of life.

The story of New Zealand is one of discovery, challenge and endeavour. Read on to learn more about a few of our favourite historical destinations and what makes them such a valuable link to our past. In addition to their colourful tales, all of the places below share another thing in common - they are all scenic and charming.

Food & Wine

An island nation surrounded by bountiful oceans, New Zealand is paradise for those passionate about fresh, delicious seafood. Local chefs enthusiastically serve up some of the world’s best green-lipped mussels, crayfish, oysters and fish; often accompanied by a glass of kiwi wine. Fresh seafood meals are an excellent way to top off a day exploring New Zealand - read on to find out about some great destinations that are home to fresh, famous seafood.