CK Travels

Welcome to our New Zealand destination page!

We are huge fans of New Zealand and spent nearly two years living and working in Auckland in 2014-2016. New Zealand is a country we love to return to again and again and are always blown away by its outstanding natural beauty.

Popular New Zealand posts

New Zealand destinations we have written about

Auckland to Wellington (north island)

The perfect north island itinerary taking in vibrant coastal cities, volcanic geothermal areas, vineyards, Hobbit houses, lakes, Maori Culture and epic national parks.

Wellington to Christchurch (north to south island)

A north to south island itinerary taking in stunning coastal towns and cities, wine regions and hot springs!

Christchurch to Queenstown (south island)

A 7 day itinerary taking in the best of the south island including the popular lakeside town of Queenstown, and scenic spots such as Tekapo and Mount Cook.

Christchurch to Nelson (south island)

The perfect 8 day loop taking in the highlights of the top of the south island

Christchurch to Dunedin (south island)

A short road trip starting and ending in the south islands 2 biggest cities.


Auckland is New Zealand’s biggest city and where we called home two years.

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Waiheke Island

The perfect day trip from Auckland, or even a weekend getaway. This island is located a 40 minute ferry ride away from downtown Auckland and offers beautiful beaches, boutique wineries, gourmet restaurants and scenic walks.

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Oneroa village Waiheke Island New Zealand


Located in the centre of the north island, this large geothermal town is filled with with colourful attractions and activities.

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Nestled on the shores of the beautiful Lake Wakatipu, Queenstown is famously known as the adrenaline capital of New Zealand!

Click here to view our Queenstown blog posts > and our Queenstown 5 day itinerary

Franz Josef

Famous for it’s huge glacier, this west coast town cannot be missed!

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Franz Josef Glacier Heli Hike New Zealand

Mount Cook

One of our favourite spots in the south island, this national park has some epic mountain scenery.

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Milford Sound

Stunning fiord surrounded by lush rainforest and incredible marine life.

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Lake Tekapo

Small lakeside town famous for its bright blue lake and located in a dark skies zone making it perfect for stargazing.

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Small town with a gorgeous rugged coastline and famous for its marine wildlife.

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Charming gold rush village located by the Arrow River.

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Hanmer Springs

Alpine town famous for it’s large complex of hot pools.

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Other popular New Zealand posts

The 10 best day trips from Auckland

Things to do in Queenstown: the ultimate guide

The best day trips from Queenstown

The Best Brewery tours in New Zealand’s South Island