The airport is much like the country it services: friendly, compact, and the cause of very little hassle.
It's vertiginous, dramatic and wonderful. Rain is forecast to march in behind us, but the sky is as clean as a new page.
Hitting the road between Auckland and NZ's Bay of Islands is the perfect, fuss-free short break for nature-loving Aussies, writes Julie Miller.
Marmite scrolls and Central Otago wines are two must-haves in this centre for the active and the adventurous.
There are three parts to a heli-ski day – the helicopter ride, the immersion in the remote mountains and the skiing itself.
Bungee jumping, zorbing, black water rafting ... what are they thinking?
Chanting ''hee'' and then ''haa'' helps us paddle in unison.
Flying the new A321neo is as comfortable as it gets crossing the Ditch.
Nature rules in New Zealand, and its proud locals will guide you around the best spots of this adventure sport capital; for they invented crazy activities such as black water rafting in caves lit by glow worms and flying through canyons on zip wires. You can also enjoy tramping over rolling green hills or active volcanoes, skiing at world-famous Queenstown or perhaps floating through the breathtaking Milford Sound.