While the world’s attention is on the FIFA World Cup for men’s soccer in Qatar right now, we will be watching the Women’s World Cup next year. While the strength of the reigning world champions, the U.S. Women’s National Team, is sure to The sites attract many Americans to visit the country. of The matches are certain to be either because the tournament is being held jointly by Australia and New Zealand.

Planning a big trip will depend on how much time (as well as money) you can budget for a long distance trip, and you’ll need a least a couple weeks to It’s worth the cost of your airfare, jetlag, and time zone adjustment. And you’ll need to temper your expectations as you can’t see it all in one go, even if you pick one country over the other.

If you would like to Make New Zealand This is your choice guide It is intended to help you plot out more than a week’s worth of sightseeing. Within New ZealandMany, many of The matches will take place in Auckland, the largest international airport. It is a great starting point and ending point for your trip.

New Zealand’s Central Otago is the southernmost wine region in the world.

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How to You can get there

Get it! to New Zealand Americans have it easier than ever. Sure, it’s going to It can be long-haul, no matter where you live, and it could even be the longest flight from North America. of your life, quite literally. Air, however, is a different story. New Zealand Direct service to Auckland is accessible from many U.S. Airports, including New York City’s John F. Kennedy International Airport as of September.

Once you’re in New Zealand, it’s also best to Keep your Air Conditioning On New Zealand Consider using the national rail system to connect major cities and points within the country. It is the most reliable and efficient way to travel. of Windy roads can add hours to your commute to The trip. Regional flights are very easy. to manage and often don’t take more than an hour.

A View of Auckland’s skyline, including the Sky Tower, and waterfront.

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Where to Go

Sky Tower: The centerpiece of Auckland’s sky line where you can enjoy panoramic views of The city, its surroundings, and the islands nearby.

Auckland Museum: This is a great place to start for newcomers to New Zealand You are interested in learning about the culture and history of this country? of the country, especially about the Māori, the indigenous Polynesian people of Continent New Zealand (a.k.a. Aotearoa, the Māori language name for New Zealand).

Britomart: A Chic enclave of independent designers and boutiques as well as trendy cafés, bars, and restaurants, conveniently centered near the waterfront in Auckland’s Central Business District (CBD).

Waiheke Island: A Wine lovers on the road: Must-visit places to Auckland. While New Zealand Most well-known for its sauvignon blanc production, of Chardonnay, viogner and syrah are the wines. of Boutique winery showcases them in an awe inspiring detail Goldie Estate. You’ll also want to Move further inland to Batch WineryYou will surely have a great time at the… of The best lunches of your trip at the winery’s restaurant (which boasts views of nearly the entire island being on a hilltop) but you’ll also have one of The best glasses of Prosecco outside of Italy. Waiheke also provides a number of other services. of cozy cafés and world-class art galleries, many of Californians may feel a similar feeling to those who are based around Oneroa to Newport Beach. Visit Newport Beach. Akito Before you go up the block, get a flat white to The Paora gallery to See the work of Toi Te Rangiuaia, who plays with modern and traditional Māori patterns in his jewelry and sculpture, which has been sold and showcased all over the world.

Hobbiton: If you’re most interested in visiting New Zealand After watching the Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit trilogies, do not be ashamed—you are definitely not alone, the tourism industry definitely caters to This is what NZers love about themselves. of the country’s role as Middle Earth. It is possible to Get a bus trip from Auckland to Hobbiton, where you’ll be given a full tour of The main village served as the film set of The Shire, with all its tiny homes to Frodo, Sam and Merry.

Where to Eat

The Store: A café popular with the local business crowd for lunch and breakfast. You can also eat out on a sunny day, or even semi-sunny, while you shop in the Britomart area.

Cassia: of the most popular restaurants in Auckland right now, Cassia’s menu is a mixture of Indian cuisines mixed with traditional New Zealand styles. You will also find a great selection of wine on the extensive wine list. of Bottles made locally of You can also get a bevy of other things, of Gin options are plentiful in NZ. It is important to make reservations.

Coco’s CantinaLocated at Karangahape Road (K-Road). to This family-run restaurant is a favorite spot for locals. It has an Italian-themed menu as well as an eclectic atmosphere inside. The restaurant is very accommodating. to There are many dietary restrictions. of There are vegan and gluten free options.

Hello Beasty: Located right on Auckland’s Viaduct Harbour, a hotspot for outdoor and indoor dining establishments, this restaurant combines New Zealand Cuisine with a fusion of There are many Asian, Korean, and Chinese cuisines. You can also order vegetarian dishes.

Tart Bakery: New Zealand The country is well-known for its coffee culture. There is still a debate between Australia, NZ and New Zealand over who invented Flat White. However, the bakery culture might not be as well-known. You might worry about overindulging on bread in France or Italy, but you have no idea about the carb-filled treats you’re in for when coming to NZ. Tart is a versatile fruit. of Options from danishes to Banh mi is a must, but banh mi is a must. a hot pie (meat, or vegetable). This is just a small part of it. of A flaky hand pie made in English, not the American or French version.

Lord of the FriesThis fast casual restaurant chain in Australia boasts to be 100% vegan, and while it serves award-winning plant-based, American-style burgers and hot dogs, the restaurant is best known for, what else, the fries, with choices inspired by Australia’s festival scene.

Where to Stay

Hotel BritomartLocated in Britomart near the waterfront, Ferry Building and other attractions, this location is perfect for business travellers and everyone else who needs it. to Spend a bit more for your accommodation. The rooms are a little smaller, but they are still extremely comfortable and cozy. You can also enjoy a variety of dining options at the hotel. of These are great ideas. These are the most prominent Daily BreadWhere you should certainly treat yourself to one of Delectable pastries (especially the doughnut), which are a must-try. New Zealand This is puffier and without a doughnut hole. It’s also filled with jam. KingiThe restaurant serves an elegant breakfast as well as a sustainable seafood-focused lunch and dinner menu at.

Park Hyatt AucklandThis is not only a one-of-a-kind product. of the best hotels in Auckland, it’s also one of The latest. Original schedule to Be open to the unlucky timing of March 2020 – The Park Hyatt opened in that year’s second quarter and has been open for approximately two years (although it was closed during the construction). to shutdowns, actual open dates total closer to A year The Park Hyatt Auckland offers the highest height of luxury, with spacious and pristine marble bathrooms, full walk-in closets, living spaces in each suite, private balconies, and uber-comfortable queen and king beds—a must for recovering from a long-haul flight. Guests should take full advantage of There is an outdoor heated pool and a spa. Dog lovers need to know about Beau, the hotel’s resident comfort dog—a fully-trained, 3-year-old labrador, originally trained for 14 months as a seeing eye dog—who keeps watch on the lobby and is more than happy to Accept your affection at check-in

A View of Cape Kidnappers is the largest and most accessible colony of gannet birds in the world.

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Hawke’s Bay

Where to Go

Art Deco Trust tours: In the heart of Hawke’s Bay is the town of Napier is the largest community of buildings worldwide designed in Art Deco style—to This is why the city applied for UNESCO Heritage Site status. The best way to See Napier from the Inside of One of Art Deco Trust’s classic cars are available for tours by volunteer guides who will educate you about their history and culture. of The area.

Clearview Estate WineryWine is big business New ZealandThere are many. of the wineries and tasting rooms are not as…exclusive as some in Northern California or France might appear from the outside. You can look forward to This relaxed experience will educate you about local wines while also allowing you to relax as much as possible. Clearview Estate is an excellent example. of That’s just outside. of Napier is on the way to Cape Kidnappers: Visit the indoor/outdoor tasting area with flights of A small amount of coastal wines, such as pinot noir and chardonnay. of rosé.

Where to Eat

Mister D: A Modern bistro offering contemporary brunch. The menu features dishes featuring seasonal vegetables, cheesy eggs and other delicious ingredients. “baker’s corner” With some of The best doughnuts New Zealand.

Craggy Range WineryWines are your best friend. Lunch is the best. Craggy Range, located at the valley) offers a more seasonal menu. of (An amazing range of views). Wine pairings with food is better than most with many of You can find local produce and seafood in many of the dishes.

Where to Stay

Art Deco Masonic HotelLocated in the heart of downtown of Napier and steps away from the waterfront along Hawke’s Bay itself, this boutique hotel has more than half a dozen rooms highly curated and decorated to You can choose to focus on specific themes either in Art Deco patterns and dedicated topics. to Some of Famous personalities that have stayed there include Queen Elizabeth II and Mark Twain.

The Farm at Cape Kidnappers: Describe the one place you would like to live in. to Select to This would be the place to spend a pandemic lockdown. It is located near one of the most breathtaking natural landscapes you’ll ever see with your own eyes, the Farm at Cape Kidnappers is cozy charm at its most luxurious level. (Yes, Cape Kidnappers’ name is a bit odd, but it has historical significance. to it.) There are more than 20 tiny homes on the property, all with modern touches. You’ll want to Spend at least a few nights there to You can enjoy the cottages, as well as the whole property, including a course and an infinity swimming pool. Enjoy dinner by the fire at the main house. There are plenty of other activities. of Trails for walking, running and hiking. Also, a hotel guide can drive you down to Photographing the Cape of the cliffs as well as an up-close look at the world’s largest colony of gannet birds.

A View of Te Kano Winery’s tasting room in Bannockburn, a section of Queenstown is in the Central Otago wine district.

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Where to Go

Altitude Tours: There is never a shortage of Things to Queenstown offers many activities, including snow sports to Water sports to tours around Lord of The Rings Filming locations. There’s also a huge wine region here, and the Central Otago area is one of These are the most southern wine regions on earth. The best way to You can see all of it to Altitude Tours will transport you around the area with a driver. of The best properties in the region as well as a stop for lunch Bannockburn HotelA great restaurant with an excellent view, that’s both casual and elegant. of The valley floor.

Heliworks: The best (and sometimes the only) way to go to These are available Lord of The Rings The best way to see the sites is from a helicopter. This trip is not recommended for the faint-hearted. of heart—you will fly over mountain peaks at 10,000 feet—but if you can survive it (or at least not look down too much), it’s worth the journey (which is only a little more than an hour anyway). You won’t want to miss this opportunity. of Are you able to land on a mountaintop glacier

KJet: An experience unique to New ZealandThese speedboats can be customized to For a thrilling experience, sail (or fly) over shallow waters. The trip lasts approximately an hour, and each boat can hold more than 40 passengers.

Onsen Hot Pools: If you’ve filled your need for speed, a great way to A dip in the hot tubs of this hillside hot springs will help you to restore your mind, body, and soul.

An aerial view of Queenstown is a popular tourist town New Zealand’s South Island.

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Where to Eat

Fergbaker: If you haven’t had a hand pie yet, this is where you should get one. You can also order one here if you’ve had one in NZ. Whatever the weather, no matter the time of day, there is always a line out the door—a good indicator not just of Its popularity and consistent quality are two of its strengths. Don’t worry too much about the line as it’s takeaway only, so the queue moves quickly.

BoardwalkLocated on the waterfront, you can enjoy champagne happy hour with oysters and then go straight to dinner with lots of You can choose from a variety of dishes based on local seafood or a vegan/vegetarian option. (The mushroom fettuccine is a particularly surprising culinary experience with a flavor profile you wouldn’t expect for fettuccine, and you should get it to You can see it yourself.

The Lodge Bar: There’s a strong cocktail culture in New ZealandQueenstown is the place where you will find an espresso martini almost everywhere. You can enjoy one in this comfortable establishment. to You can make a reservation ahead of time.

The Bunker: This is more, despite the name. of a rooftop pub, but it’s a great spot for after-dinner drinks (especially great martinis) and late night live music.

Little Aosta: This is in fact the next Little Aosta, located in Arrowtown, is worth the 10-minute cab ride. You’ll find hearty Italian cuisine, including wood-fired pizzas, hearty pastas, and a twist on a local favorite, the cheese roll. (You can’t leave NZ without having a cheese roll, which is basically a grilled cheese sandwich rolled up, and yet it’s so much more than that.)

The Blue Door: If you desired to Imagine living in a picturesque small town, and finding your local watering hole. Right next to Little Aosta and Aosta (the fine dining older sister establishment), this tiny bar (and you can’t miss it with the titular blue door) is cozy and warm with twinkling lights, beer, wine, and cocktails, and it is dog-friendly.

Where to Stay

Eichardt’s Private Hotel: It doesn’t get more central or closer to The lakefront is more beautiful than ever, and it’s also much older. The oldest hotel in Queenstown, it’s also one of These are the most revered in New Zealand Due to the extensive renovations required for a luxury hotel in 21st century. You should book well in advance, as there is limited space to Seven suites, four apartments on the lakefront and a larger residence are available.

SherwoodDespite the fact that the rooms are more expensive than the other options, they offer more benefits. to There are more reasons to choose this hotel than others. The lakefront location is prime real property, just five minutes away. to The airport is 10 minutes away and the center is 10 minutes. of Queenstown. Queenstown. to (Organise in Queenstown. And the onsite café, bar, and restaurant is open from breakfast to late night, and it’s so good for every meal you’ll almost never want to You can eat and drink anywhere, including oat lattes to espresso martinis. All of it. of the vegetables that go into the dishes are grown onsite in the property’s vegetable garden, so you won’t get anything out of season.