51 days in New Zealand & Sydney Itinerary

51 days in New Zealand & Sydney Itinerary

Created using Inspirock South Pacific Trip Planner

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Auckland, New Zealand
— 1 night
Drive
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Kerikeri, New Zealand
— 1 night
Drive
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Russell, New Zealand
— 1 night
Drive
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Waiheke Island, New Zealand
— 1 night
Ferry to Coromandel, Drive to Whitianga
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Whitianga, New Zealand
— 5 nights
Drive
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Rotorua, New Zealand
— 2 nights
Drive
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Waitomo Caves, New Zealand
— 2 nights
Drive
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Tongariro National Park, New Zealand
— 3 nights
Drive
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Wellington, New Zealand
— 2 nights
Ferry
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Picton, New Zealand
— 2 nights
Drive
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Nelson, New Zealand
— 2 nights
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Kaikoura, New Zealand
— 3 nights
Drive
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Arthur's Pass National Park, New Zealand
— 1 night
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Christchurch, New Zealand
— 3 nights
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Lyttelton, New Zealand
— 1 night
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Akaroa, New Zealand
— 2 nights
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Lake Tekapo, New Zealand
— 1 night
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Fox Glacier, New Zealand
— 3 nights
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Mt. Cook Village, New Zealand
— 1 night
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Milford Sound, New Zealand
— 2 nights
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Te Anau, New Zealand
— 2 nights
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Dunedin, New Zealand
— 2 nights
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Arrowtown, New Zealand
— 2 nights
Drive to Queenstown International Airport, Fly to Sydney
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Sydney, Australia
— 2 nights
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Auckland, New Zealand

— 1 night

City of Sails

The largest and most populous city in New Zealand, Auckland combines a rich history and thriving contemporary culture in an abundance of museums, art galleries, and performance venues.
Your day by day itinerary now includes SkyJump and SkyWalk as well as Mount Eden. Start off your visit on the 27th (Mon): take a stroll through Parnell and then contemplate the geological forces at Mount Eden.

To see maps, where to stay, other places to visit, and more tourist information, refer to the Auckland vacation planner.

Perth, Australia to Auckland is an approximately 9.5-hour flight. You'll lose 4 hours traveling from Perth to Auckland due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Perth in August, you will find days in Auckland are slightly colder (14°C), and nights are somewhat warmer (14°C). On the 28th (Tue), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Kerikeri.

Things to do in Auckland

Parks · Nature · Tours · Neighborhoods
Find places to stay Aug 26 — 28:
Highlights from your trip

Kerikeri, New Zealand

— 1 night
Kerikeri, the largest town in Northland New Zealand, is a popular tourist destination about three hours drive north of Auckland, and 80 km north of the northern region's largest city, Whangarei. To see more things to do, ratings, other places to visit, and more tourist information, use the Kerikeri trip builder tool.

Traveling by car from Auckland to Kerikeri takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive; or take a bus. On the 29th (Wed), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Russell.

Things to do in Kerikeri

Historic Sites
Find places to stay Aug 28 — 29:

Russell, New Zealand

— 1 night
Russell, formerly known as Kororāreka, was the first permanent European settlement and sea port in New Zealand. Start off your visit on the 29th (Wed): look for gifts at Newport Chocolates.

To find other places to visit, reviews, more things to do, and more tourist information, read Russell attractions planner.

You can drive from Kerikeri to Russell in 1.5 hours. Another option is to drive. You will leave for Waiheke Island on the 30th (Thu).

Things to do in Russell

Shopping
Find places to stay Aug 29 — 30:
Highlights from your trip

Waiheke Island, New Zealand

— 1 night

Island of Wine

Head to Waiheke Island, a place of white sandy beaches, palm trees, great wine, and relaxation, just 35 minutes off the coast of Auckland.
On the 30th (Thu), explore the world behind art at Connells Bay Sculpture Park. Here are some ideas for day two: tour the pleasant surroundings at Stony Batter, then see the interesting displays at Whittaker's Musical Museum, then do a tasting at Goldie Estate, and finally don't miss a visit to Te Whau Garden and Gallery.

To see reviews, where to stay, maps, and other tourist information, refer to the Waiheke Island day trip app.

Getting from Russell to Waiheke Island by car takes about 6 hours. August in Waiheke Island sees daily highs of 17°C and lows of 9°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 31st (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Whitianga.

Things to do in Waiheke Island

Museums · Parks · Wildlife · Wineries
Find places to stay Aug 30 — 31:

Whitianga, New Zealand

— 5 nights
Whitianga is a town on the Coromandel Peninsula, in the Waikato Region of New Zealand's North Island. Your day by day itinerary now includes Cathedral Cove Walk, The Coromandel Smoking Co. and Hot Water Beach. Explore hidden gems such as Hahei Beach Walk and Katikati Murals. You'll enjoy a bit of beach vacationing at Whangapoua Beach and New Chums Beach. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Whitianga: Historical Athenree Homestead (in Katikati), Waihi Arts Centre & Museum (in Waihi) and Thames (Burke Street Wharf, Thames Historical Museum, &more).

For reviews, other places to visit, maps, and more tourist information, use the Whitianga trip maker tool.

Getting from Waiheke Island to Whitianga by combination of ferry and car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of ferry and shuttle; or do a combination of ferry and bus. In August, daytime highs in Whitianga are 17°C, while nighttime lows are 9°C. You will leave for Rotorua on the 5th (Wed).

Things to do in Whitianga

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Museums

Side Trips

Find places to stay Aug 31 — Sep 5:

Rotorua, New Zealand

— 2 nights

Sulphur City

Surrounded by lakes and featuring impressive areas of geothermal landscape, the city of Rotorua offers an otherwordly landscape and a welcoming, peaceful environment, with the culture of the native Maori people very much in the foreground.
You've added Rotorua Canopy Tours, Velocity Valley, Redwoods, Whakarewarewa Forest, and other attractions to your itinerary. Start off your visit on the 5th (Wed): kick your exploration up a notch at Rotorua Canopy Tours and then whizz through the canopy at Velocity Valley. Keep things going the next day: contemplate the long history of Tamaki Maori Village, then make a trip to Te Puia, and then take a peaceful walk through Redwoods, Whakarewarewa Forest.

To find where to stay, ratings, other places to visit, and more tourist information, use the Rotorua trip planner.

Drive from Whitianga to Rotorua in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus; or do a combination of bus and shuttle. In September, plan for daily highs up to 19°C, and evening lows to 10°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 7th (Fri) to allow time for the car ride to Waitomo Caves.

Things to do in Rotorua

Parks · Nature · Historic Sites · Adventure
Find places to stay Sep 5 — 7:

Waitomo Caves, New Zealand

— 2 nights
Head deep beneath the surface of the earth at Waitomo Caves, a village and cave system that draws both extreme sports enthusiasts and those wanting something a little more relaxed.
Ruakuri Cave has been added to your itinerary. Start off your visit on the 7th (Fri): take in the views from Mangapohue Natural Bridge Walk and then admire the sheer force of Marakopa Falls. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 8th (Sat): Head underground at Ruakuri Cave, trek along Ruakuri Walk, and then Head underground at Waitomo Glowworm Caves.

Before you visit Waitomo Caves, use our trip planner to discover what you can do and see there.

Drive from Rotorua to Waitomo Caves in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. On the 9th (Sun), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Tongariro National Park.

Things to do in Waitomo Caves

Parks · Nature · Trails · Outdoors

Side Trip

Find places to stay Sep 7 — 9:

Tongariro National Park, New Zealand

— 3 nights
Tongariro National Park has a long history of preserving New Zealand's pristine alpine landscape.
Kick off your visit on the 9th (Sun): admire the sheer force of Waitonga Falls Walk Trailhead. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: tour the pleasant surroundings at Tongariro National Trout Centre.

For other places to visit, reviews, traveler tips, and other tourist information, use the Tongariro National Park visit planner.

You can drive from Waitomo Caves to Tongariro National Park in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus; or do a combination of taxi and train. You'll set off for Wellington on the 12th (Wed).

Things to do in Tongariro National Park

Parks · Nature · Trails · Outdoors

Side Trips

Find places to stay Sep 9 — 12:

Wellington, New Zealand

— 2 nights

Harbour Capital

Wellington, the world's southernmost capital city and New Zealand's second most populous urban area, combines the nation's rugged history and nature with its modern and cosmopolitan present.
Kick off your visit on the 12th (Wed): examine the collection at Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 13th (Thu): admire the natural beauty at Katherine Mansfield House and Garden, enjoy the sand and surf at Scorching Bay, then pick up some new knowledge with Weta Workshop, and finally see the interesting displays at Cable Car Museum.

To find maps, ratings, other places to visit, and tourist information, you can read our Wellington trip planner.

Traveling by car from Tongariro National Park to Wellington takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive; or do a combination of taxi and train. In September, daytime highs in Wellington are 16°C, while nighttime lows are 10°C. You'll have a few hours on the 14th (Fri) to wrap things up before traveling to Picton.

Things to do in Wellington

Museums · Parks · Beaches · Outdoors
Find places to stay Sep 12 — 14:

Picton, New Zealand

— 2 nights

Gateway to the South Island

Take photo after stunning photo in Picton, the gateway to South Island.
Kick off your visit on the 14th (Fri): see the interesting displays at The National Whale Centre and then get engrossed in the history at Edwin Fox Maritime Museum. Keep things going the next day: do a tasting at Wairau River Wines Cellar Door, get engrossed in the history at Marlborough Museum, and then examine the collection at Argosy Flight & Cafe.

To see photos, more things to do, traveler tips, and more tourist information, use the Picton planner.

Traveling by ferry from Wellington to Picton takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can ride a ferry. Expect a daytime high around 16°C in September, and nighttime lows around 10°C. On the 16th (Sun), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Nelson.

Things to do in Picton

Museums · Parks · Wildlife · Wineries

Side Trip

Find places to stay Sep 14 — 16:

Nelson, New Zealand

— 2 nights

Top of the South

Put on your shades to enjoy the sights of Nelson, one of the sunniest cities in New Zealand.
On the 16th (Sun), admire nature's wide array of creatures at Animal Farm. Here are some ideas for day two: examine the collection at Nelson Classic Car Museum and then stroll through Kaiteriteri Beach.

To find ratings, photos, more things to do, and other tourist information, go to the Nelson trip itinerary site.

Traveling by car from Picton to Nelson takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. On the 18th (Tue), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Kaikoura.

Things to do in Nelson

Parks · Zoos & Aquariums · Beaches · Outdoors

Side Trips

Find places to stay Sep 16 — 18:

Kaikoura, New Zealand

— 3 nights
Head to the small town of Kaikoura, a humble setting from which to witness some of nature's grandest designs.
Your day by day itinerary now includes Seal Swim Kaikoura as well as Dolphin Encounter. Here are some ideas for day two: look for all kinds of wild species at Dolphin Encounter and then see majestic marine mammals with Seal Swim Kaikoura.

Make your Kaikoura itinerary with Inspirock to find out what to see and where to go.

Traveling by car from Nelson to Kaikoura takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus; or do a combination of flight and bus. You will leave for Arthur's Pass National Park on the 21st (Fri).

Things to do in Kaikoura

Wildlife · Tours · Outdoors · Parks
Find places to stay Sep 18 — 21:

Arthur's Pass National Park, New Zealand

— 1 night
Your day by day itinerary now includes Hokitika Gorge Walk as well as Arthur's Pass National Park Visitor Centre. Start off your visit on the 21st (Fri): tour the pleasant surroundings at Hokitika Gorge Walk.

To see reviews, traveler tips, more things to do, and more tourist information, read our Arthur's Pass National Park attractions planner.

The Route module can help you plan travel from Kaikoura to Arthur's Pass National Park. You'll have a few hours on the 22nd (Sat) to wrap things up before traveling to Christchurch.

Things to do in Arthur's Pass National Park

Parks · Wildlife

Side Trip

Find places to stay Sep 21 — 22:

Christchurch, New Zealand

— 3 nights

Garden City

Recovering from the earthquakes of 2010 and 2011 was no easy task, but Christchurch has faced the challenges with aplomb.
Your day by day itinerary now includes Quake City, Christchurch Gondola, Christchurch Botanic Gardens, and other attractions you added. Cardboard Cathedral and Okains Bay Maori and Colonial Museum are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Step off the beaten path and head to Sumner Beach (Cave Rock) and Newzengland Ltd - Clay Shooting & Archery Services. There's more to do: get engrossed in the history at Canterbury Museum and go from sight to sight with TranzAlpine Train.

To find photos, ratings, maps, and other tourist information, use the Christchurch trip builder tool.

The Route module can help you plan travel from Arthur's Pass National Park to Christchurch. In September, daytime highs in Christchurch are 16°C, while nighttime lows are 5°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Tue) early enough to drive to Lyttelton.

Things to do in Christchurch

Transportation · Tours · Museums · Parks
Find places to stay Sep 22 — 25:

Lyttelton, New Zealand

— 1 night
Lyttelton is a port town on the north shore of Lyttelton Harbour, at the north-western end of Banks Peninsula and close to Christchurch, on the eastern coast of the South Island of New Zealand.Due to its establishment as a landing point for Christchurch-bound seafarers, Lyttelton has historically been regarded as the "Gateway to Canterbury" for colonial settlers. Start off your visit on the 25th (Tue): admire the natural beauty at Ohinetahi Garden.

For ratings, more things to do, reviews, and more tourist information, refer to the Lyttelton trip itinerary app.

Lyttelton is very close to Christchurch. In September in Lyttelton, expect temperatures between 16°C during the day and 5°C at night. On the 26th (Wed), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Akaroa.

Things to do in Lyttelton

Parks · Nature
Find places to stay Sep 25 — 26:
Highlights from your trip

Akaroa, New Zealand

— 2 nights

Long Harbour

The French heritage and colonial architecture of Akaroa has broad appeal to anthropologists, historians, architects--and just about anyone with an eye for beautiful, historical buildings and a palate for fine dining.
Kick off your visit on the 26th (Wed): take in nature's colorful creations at The Giants House and then stroll through Hinewai Reserve. Keep things going the next day: get up close to creatures of the deep with a dolphin and whale watching tour and then get engrossed in the history at Akaroa Museum.

To find reviews, ratings, other places to visit, and tourist information, you can read our Akaroa tour itinerary planner.

Drive from Lyttelton to Akaroa in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. September in Akaroa sees daily highs of 16°C and lows of 5°C at night. On the 28th (Fri), you're off to Lake Tekapo.

Things to do in Akaroa

Wildlife · Tours · Outdoors · Parks
Find places to stay Sep 26 — 28:

Lake Tekapo, New Zealand

— 1 night
Located in a UNESCO Dark Sky Reserve, Lake Tekapo offers evenings of stargazing and days of long walks.
Kick off your visit on the 28th (Fri): take in the architecture and atmosphere at The Church of the Good Shepherd.

To see where to stay, more things to do, reviews, and more tourist information, use the Lake Tekapo day trip planning app.

Traveling by car from Akaroa to Lake Tekapo takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of taxi and bus; or take a bus. Cap off your sightseeing on the 29th (Sat) early enough to go by car to Fox Glacier.

Things to do in Lake Tekapo

Historic Sites
Find places to stay Sep 28 — 29:
Highlights from your trip

Fox Glacier, New Zealand

— 3 nights
A trip to Fox Glacier brings you close to one of New Zealand's most easily accessible natural wonders.
You've now added Franz Josef Glacier Guides to your itinerary. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Helicopter Tours and West Coast Wildlife Centre. There's still lots to do: stroll through Franz Josef Glacier, go for a walk through Tatare Tunnels Walk, and trek along Callery Gorge Walk.

For reviews, where to stay, more things to do, and more tourist information, read our Fox Glacier journey planner.

Drive from Lake Tekapo to Fox Glacier in 6 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. You'll set off for Mt. Cook Village on the 2nd (Tue).

Things to do in Fox Glacier

Parks · Trails · Outdoors · Tours

Side Trip

Find places to stay Sep 29 — Oct 2:

Mt. Cook Village, New Zealand

— 1 night
Siting under towering peaks of New Zealand's highest mountain, Mt.
You've now added Sir Edmund Hillary Alpine Centre to your itinerary. Start off your visit on the 2nd (Tue): look and learn at Sir Edmund Hillary Alpine Centre.

For traveler tips, ratings, where to stay, and other tourist information, read Mt. Cook Village online trip itinerary builder.

You can drive from Fox Glacier to Mt. Cook Village in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Milford Sound.

Things to do in Mt. Cook Village

Childrens Museums · Museums
Find places to stay Oct 2 — 3:
Highlights from your trip

Milford Sound, New Zealand

— 2 nights

Eighth Wonder of the World

Carved by glaciers into a land of sheer cliffs, impressive waterfalls, and lush, meandering fjords, Milford Sound remains one of the most popular holiday destinations in New Zealand.
On the 3rd (Wed), examine the collection at Southern Discoveries - Milford Sound Underwater Observatory.

For traveler tips, more things to do, ratings, and other tourist information, you can read our Milford Sound vacation tool.

Traveling by car from Mt. Cook Village to Milford Sound takes 6.5 hours. On the 5th (Fri), you'll travel to Te Anau.

Things to do in Milford Sound

Museums
Find places to stay Oct 3 — 5:

Te Anau, New Zealand

— 2 nights
Set among the picturesque peaks and glacially carved fiords of Fiordland National Park, Te Anau offers those wishing to explore the park a great place to stay and enjoy the relaxing atmosphere of a small town in an enviable location.
Kick off your visit on the 5th (Fri): stroll through Kepler Track. On your second day here, contemplate the waterfront views at Milford Sound, stroll through The Chasm Walk, and then trek along Mirror Lakes Walk.

To find reviews, other places to visit, photos, and other tourist information, you can read our Te Anau road trip planning site.

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Milford Sound to Te Anau. On the 7th (Sun), you'll travel to Dunedin.

Things to do in Te Anau

Parks · Trails · Outdoors · Nature

Side Trip

Find places to stay Oct 5 — 7:

Dunedin, New Zealand

— 2 nights

Edinburgh of the South

With its history proudly stemming from the Scottish settlers who came here during the colonial era, Dunedin's streets are lined with well-preserved examples of Victorian and Edwardian architecture, while a new culture of nightlife and fine dining takes hold around them.
Your day by day itinerary now includes The Royal Albatross Centre. Start off your visit on the 7th (Sun): see the interesting displays at Port Chalmers Maritime Museum.

To see ratings, reviews, other places to visit, and tourist information, you can read our Dunedin road trip app.

Explore your travel options from Te Anau to Dunedin with the Route module. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Tue) early enough to drive to Arrowtown.

Things to do in Dunedin

Museums · Historic Sites · Parks · Wildlife

Side Trip

Find places to stay Oct 7 — 9:

Arrowtown, New Zealand

— 2 nights
Start off your visit on the 9th (Tue): take in the pleasant sights at Bendigo Historic Reserve. On the next day, see the interesting displays at Cromwell Museum.

Before you visit Arrowtown, use our trip planner to discover what you can do and see there.

You can drive from Dunedin to Arrowtown in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. On the 11th (Thu), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Sydney.

Things to do in Arrowtown

Historic Sites · Museums

Side Trips

Find places to stay Oct 9 — 11:

Sydney, Australia

— 2 nights

The Harbour City

Lent iconic status as a result of its famous bridge and opera house, Sydney has a down-to-earth charm that enhances its spectacular setting and functional efficiency.
Your day by day itinerary now includes Taronga Zoo. Start off your visit on the 11th (Thu): take a stroll through King Street. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 12th (Fri): appreciate the extensive heritage of Cremorne Point to Mosman Bay Walk, get to know the resident critters at Taronga Zoo, and then take in panoramic vistas at Sydney Tower Eye Observation Deck.

To see where to stay, more things to do, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read our Sydney trip planner.

The Route module can help you plan travel from Arrowtown to Sydney. The time zone difference moving from New Zealand Standard Time (NZST) to Australian Eastern Standard Time (AEST) is minus 2 hours. Expect a daytime high around 28°C in October, and nighttime lows around 17°C. You'll have a few hours on the 13th (Sat) to wrap things up before traveling home.

Things to do in Sydney

Parks · Zoos & Aquariums · Historic Sites · Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Find places to stay Oct 11 — 13:

New Zealand travel guide

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Specialty Museums · Hiking Trails · Landmarks
Land of the Long White Cloud
Far-flung New Zealand has become known for its astounding topography, singular biodiversity, varied climate, and for marrying native Maori and post-colonial European cultures on its two main islands and the multitude of smaller landmasses dotted around them. Free-spirited New Zealanders cultivate a love of sports, sustainability, and the outdoors. Far from other landmasses, the islands existed for millions of years before being inhabited by humans, so an abundance of species have come to thrive in the thick, wild rainforest, vast and rugged backland, and extensive surrounding marine areas. While much of New Zealand tourism centers around adventures through this spectacular scenery, take time to explore the nation's rich cultural heritage as well. The traditions and history of the Maoris, and the industry and internationalism of the descendents of the first European settlers endure in fascinating attractions, ranging from museums, to farms, to places of worship.