New Zealand

New Zealand


Dutch explorer Abel Tasman sighted New Zealand in 1642 and called it Staten Landt, supposing it was connected to a landmass of the same name at the southern tip of South America.[12] In 1645, Dutch cartographers renamed the land Nova Zeelandia after the Dutch province of Zeeland.[13][14] British explorer James Cook subsequently anglicised the name to New Zealand. [wikipedia]

Places to Meet People

Places to Meet People

Amanda’s Beginner Social MTB rides, Wellington – Amanda has been running Beginner Social MTB rides for 7+ years around the Wellington Region. She aims to help people who are not always confident, not necessarily fit – enjoy riding with social, fun adults of all ages and interests. [meetup]

Auckland Sci Fi – If you are a fan of anything sci-fi, fantasy, superhero or zombie related then this is the group for you! Our  current favourites include Dr Who, Game of Thrones, Walking Dead, Star Trek, Star Wars, LOTR, Big Bang Theory, Supernatural, Firefly, BSG, Stargate…you get the idea! [meetup]

Auckland Singles Tryst – Hi everyone !. My name is Mona and I have stepped up as an organizer for this group. First and foremost, I would like to thank Merrin for all her hard work in the past. From what I see, Merrin has done an amazing job and I will try my best to make this group as much a success as Merrin if not more with your help. [meetup]

Feet First – Guided Hiking Adventures in Auckland – We started in 2010 and hike, trek, or tramp as we call bush walking here in NZ , most weekends on a Saturday and sometimes a Sunday, and other days during the week over the summer we do urban city walks after work . [meetup]

Lean Startup Wellington – We’re a bunch of young companies implementing Lean Startup methods in our own businesses, sharing our experiences, and learning from and supporting each other. [meetup]

NZ Microsoft Cloud & Infrastructure User Group – Come along to our meetups to engage with us and learn as we cover Microsoft Cloud services and platforms from an IT Pro and business user perspective. [meetup]

The Auckland Adventure Group – Getting thrills in and around Auckland and doing things like hiking, kayaking, mountain biking etc…A mixture of day and overnight trips. [meetup]

The User Experience Auckland Group – This group is open to creative and technical people such as Information Architects, Visual Designers, Usability Experts, User Experience Designers, Interaction Designers, UI Developers and other future friendly people. [meetup]

Wellington Foodies Group – Anything to do with food captures our interest. We love to eat it, grow it, source it, shop for it, travel for it, understand the nutrition it provides, PYO. Raw food, fresh food, all types of cuisines; if it involves food we’re on it! [meetup]

Wellington .NET User Group – Regular tech talks focused on Microsoft Technologies and skills relevant to developers working with Microsoft .NET [meetup]

How to Find a Date

How to Find a Date

Dating NZ Singles – Dating NZ Singles is a premium NZ dating website which is focused on providing a fun, safe, secure environment for singles looking to date in New Zealand. With thousands of members to choose from our advanced search system makes finding someone a breeze. [dating nz singles]

Find Someone – With 14 years of matching people all around NZ we know what we’re doing. [find someone]

NZ Dating – NZDating’s been in the dating and romance business since 1998. We go to extra lengths to ensure that our service stays clean and safe and take all reports of misuse very seriously. [nz dating]

Twosome – Twosome is proudly 100% New Zealand owned and operated. We love our country, the internet, and we’re the same team of people behind some of New Zealand’s favourite websites including nzflatmates and Mighty Ape. [twosome]

Zingle Book – is a free premium online nz dating website free to join, free forever. Zinglebook is New Zealand owned and operated. Our team’s goal is to provide a premium online nz dating platform for the people of New Zealand that is entirely free from any sort of fees. Those who sign up will never need to pay a cent. The team at believe love should be free, i’m sure you agree. [zingle book]

Walking Tours

Walking Tours

Auckland Free Walking Tours – The world is a big and brilliant place, each corner of it with its own history, its own culture, its own story. The Auckland Free Walking Tours team have pounded the pavements of dozens of cities across the globe, in constant awe of their offerings. Eventually though, the question had to be asked: why not have our own story told in our own city? Auckland is our little corner of the world, and AFWT exists to introduce you to this place we call home. [auckland free walking tours]

Auckland Walks – Kia Ora! Welcome! A Guided Auckland City Walk embraces social history, public art and heritage architecture as well as introducing some of the retail, dining and entertainment possibilities in the inner city. []

Free Walking Tours Queenstown – I’d always thought that Queenstown needed a town tour, then while travelling the world I discovered the ‘Free’ tour concept. [free walking tours queenstown]

Genies Walking Tours – My Wellington tours started in mid-2010 and have mainly catered for passengers arriving on cruise ships to this beautiful harbour city. [genies walking tours]

Great Auckland Walking Tours – Take a walk with your own expert guide for the chance to discover some of the hidden treasures of Auckland City. From the must-see highlights and picturesque views, to the trendy backstreets and cultural offerings, there really is a range of experiences on offer. [great auckland]

Strawberry Tours – Wellington is a city beaming with culture, colour, and an incredible waterfront. Located on the southern tip of New Zealand’s northern island, Wellington offers an array of weird and wonderful attractions that will make you fall in love with this quirky city. [strawberry tours]

Walk Wellington – The best way to discover the heart and soul of Wellington (New Zealand’s Capital City) is on foot. Our tours are featured in Lonely Planet, Rough Guide and Frommer’s, as well as our reviews on Trip Advisor. Get the inside story on Wellington’s history, culture and landscape from a local guide who goes beyond what’s in the guidebooks. Find out what’s happening around town to make the most of your time in Wellington. Our tours are the best value in Wellington at only $NZ20 per person. [walk wellington]

Wellington Guided Tours – Operating since 2008, Wellington Guided Tours offers sightseeing tours with knowledgeable local guides. Wellington Guided Tours takes you away from the hustle and bustle of the city to experience the most beautiful scenery in Wellington, and our small groups ensure everyone gets a good view and personal service. [wellington guided tours]

Wellington On Foot – Extensive 2.5 hour guided walking tours visiting many of Wellington’s key attractions and historic sites. Explore the unique history, culture and lifestyle of New Zealand’s Capital City. [wellington on foot]

Zest Food Tours – A Zest Wellington tour introduces you personally to this compact cosmopolitan city, called New Zealand’s ‘culinary, cafe and coffee capital’. Did you know that Wellington is said to have more cafes and restaurants per capita than New York? [zest food tours]

Free Things to Do

Free Things to Do

Bungy Jump in Queenstown – Bungy jumping was invented by AJ Hackett in Queenstown, and if you are visiting here, you must make sure you jump off a platform at one of the sites. A bungy jump is the number 1 activity of things to do in New Zealand for many people, if you don’t do it, you’ll be sorry! [the planet d]

Cruise Milford Sound – In 2008 it was named the World’s Top Travel Destination and Rudyard Kipling called it the 8th Wonder of the World. Milford Sound is the country’s most famous tourist destination, . A cruise through Milford Sound is a must when visiting the country. Its breathtaking fiords showcase some of the highest sea cliffs in the world. [the planet d]

Fly Your Own Stunt Plane Abel Tasman – The most original and exciting adventure you will ever do in your life is to fly your own stunt plane at Ufly Extreme. Imagine taking full control of the plane you flip upside down and all around in mid air as pilot Vincent talks you through the flight from the cockpit behind. [the planet d]

Go Sailing – One cannot appreciate the beauty of a coastline until you see it from afar. Taking a sailing trip is a fun and relaxing way to spend the day. We sailed along the coast of Abel Tasman National Park exploring secluded beaches and witnessing unique rock formations. But most importantly, we had the opportunity to captain the boat! [the planet d]

Go Whale Watching Kaikoura – When whale watching in Kaikoura, the chances of spotting whales are so that if you don’t see any, they will refund 80% of your money. We not only saw humpback whales, we saw killer whales too! [the planet d]

Go Zorbing in Roturura – New Zealand is known for their zany adventures and when there you must try zorbing in Rotorua. Rotorua is an excellent stop for hot springs as well, so after a day of adventures, you can warm up in the warm volcanic sulphur waters. [the planet d]

Hike the Tongariro Crossing – The Tongariro Crossing is considered one of the best day hikes in the entire world. It’s an absolutely beautiful trek taking you through huge valleys, up mountain slopes and to incredible volcanic lakes. Peter Jackson chose this location to be the dreaded Mount Doom in the Lord of the Rings. [the planet d]

Moeraki Boulders – The Moeraki Boulders are a natural phenomenon that lay along a stretch of the Koekohe Beach on the Otago coast of New Zealand. I didn’t even know they existed, but seriously, they are one of the best things to do in New Zealand. [the planet d]

See the Glow Worms – Glowworms are small insects that emit bioluminescent. They can be found in many caves in New Zealand and you must go to see them when you are there. Glow worms never leave the cave and they spend their lives feeding on insects that make their way into the deep caverns. One glowworm hangs hundreds of threads to catch their prey using their lights attract the bugs where they are trapped in their gooey string to wait for a slow death. [the planet d]

SkyDive Abel Tasman – When skydiving in Abel Tasman you have the option to jump from 16,500 feet. Skydive Abel Tasman is the only place in New Zealand that you can jump from so high. There are many places to jump in New Zealand, but Abel Tasman is special as you can see both the North and South Island when you jump. [the planet d]

Swim with Dolphins –  The Bay of Islands – Swimming with dolphins is one of the most magical moments you will ever have in your life. In The Bay of Islands, we had the opportunity to swim with bottlenose dolphins. The waters are warmer on the North Island so you don’t have to wear a wetsuit here! [the planet d]

Tamaki Maori Village in Rotorua – You cannot The Polynesians settled here in the 13th century and an excellent way to learn about their history is to visit the Tamaki Maori Village in Rotorua where you will be welcomed by the Powhiri, a formal welcoming ceremony followed by a performance of warrior dances and songs. [the planet d]

Trek the Fox Glacier – Who doesn’t want to walk on a glacier? The Fox Glacier is probably one of the easiest and quickest glacier walks you’ll ever be able to do. We were suited up with thick woolly socks and boots suitable for crampons. They gave us a rain jacket and waterproof pants all we had to do was show up. [the planet d]

Wai-O-Tapu – Wai-O-Tapu is a Thermal Wonderland – Walk along safe and defined tracks through this incredible geothermal pools and volcanic and acidic lakes. Witness bubbling mud, steaming ground and volcanic craters at this natural attraction that has bee called One of the 20 Most Surreal Places in the World. [the planet d]

Whitewater Raft Class 5 Rapid – We’ve done a lot of whitewater rafting around the world, but the class five rapids just two hours from Christchurch were the thrill of a lifetime. After facing the massive water, you can jump into some smaller rapids yourself from 3 – 5 meter high ledges. [the planet d]



A Low Hum– Wellington, North Island – The must-go-to music festival for all those fed up to the back teeth with the eternal queueing, full-on security and extortionate drink prices of the mega-festivals. This three week long festival still has a distinct tone of under-the-radar and allows BYO alcohol. [backpacker board]

CubaDupa Street Festival– Wellington, North Island – This festival is the most shiny-new of all our listings here, born just one year ago in 2015. But if ever anything promised to become the next big thing this two day street festival is it. Quirky and quintessentially Kiwi, Cuba Street and its myriad of alleys and laneways are the outdoor venue here and who knows where you might just happen upon some impromptu stage. [backpacker board]

Fire in the Sky– Gisborne, North Island – What better way to rattle the brain back into gear after New Year’s Eve excesses than a giant firework display. Set to music, Fire in the Sky has been running since 2001 and although its initial purpose might have been simply to get people aaaahhhing their way through a pyrotechnic display things have escalated since then. Expect a party vibe – if you still have any energy left. [backpacker board]

Homegrown Music Festival– Wellington, North Island – Another capital based festival, Homegrown has been going for ever and, as the name might suggest, is the venue where home-grown talent throws out beats of varying musical genre to get the crowds rocking. Typically scheduled for early March, Homegrown plays host to almost 60 acts across its 7 stages. [backpacker board]

Mid-winter Carnival– Dunedin, South Island – Get yourself south on the shortest day of the year – around 21 June – for a party to chase away the winter chills. A carnival atmosphere pervades at this annual event which changes theme from year to year. Expect workshops, dancers, drummers, entertainment, sky-lantern releases and whatever else may have been dreamed up for this year’s party. [backpacker board]

Queenstown Winter Festival– Queenstown, South Island – Essentially an event to kick off Queenstown’s ski season, the Winter Festival has morphed into something much more and which has appeal not simply for the snow-junkies but also for the party-animals and all kinds of fun seekers alike. Of course the Winterfest games are a focus for competing international snowboarders and skiers but also on the menu are live bands, parties a plenty, fireworks, hot-tub events and a film festival. The event runs for a week so you might need to pace yourself. [backpacker board]

Rhythm and Alps– Wanaka/Queenstown Region, South Island – New Year’s Eve celebrations among some of the most beautiful scenery found in the country are the focus of this two day camping and music festival. Line-ups are typically impressive with both home sourced and internationally known acts. [backpacker board]

Rhythm and Vines Music Festival– Gisborne, North Island – Gisborne is a fun place to be no matter what the time of year but it has a special significance over new year when this three day event takes place. Thanks to its location with regard to world time it is THE first mainland place on the planet to see the sunrise so you get to say happy New Year before anyone else in the world. Your vineyard setting (hence the ‘vines’ part of the title) offers camping and big-name line-ups making up around 70 artists performing across 5 stages. [backpacker board]

Summerdaze– Queenstown and Wanaka, South Island – Why festival for a day or two when you could festival for the whole month. There is a bit of everything at Summerdaze with rodeos, triathlons, skateboard competitions and mountain biking for the energetically inclined or outdoor cinemas, a Teddy Bears’ Picnic and arts for those who like things a little more sedentary. And of course there is music. [backpacker board]

The New Zealand Festival and the New Zealand Fringe Festival– Wellington, North Island – These two giant events both run for a three week duration beginning in February and finishing in March with the Fringe first to kick off. The New Zealand Festival just happens to be New Zealand’s longest running and biggest multi-arts festival. Prepare to be dazzled and enchanted by high quality non-stop internationally sourced offerings of music, theatre, dance and literature. [backpacker board]

World Buskers Festival– Christchurch, South Island – Fun runs through the core of this super-popular annual event in which Christchurch’s green spaces and streets are colonised by troupes of musicians, acrobats, jugglers, fire show performers and comedians. [backpacker board]

Public Transit

Public Transit

Bicycle – Extremely strong sun, very hilly terrain, heavy winds (of course always blowing against you), the occasional rain in your face, drivers not used to bikes on the road, truck loaded State Highway 1 being your base and sandflies chasing your legs on the southern west coast, you should really think twice about exploring New Zealand on a bicycle… [tour leader]

Bus or coach transport – The main towns and places in between are served by a network of reasonably priced and modern bus lines, with new discount companies emerging on some routes. The frequency depends on the route and season, prices can vary according to time of departure. [tour leader]

Campervans – Independent from daily accommodation searches you can tour freely around the country, using the facilities of campsites. A motorhome doesn’t have to be huge, luxurious and bulky, there are many smaller options now, the backpacker models even come in cool graffitti designs. Then again, the smaller the motorhome the less comfortable and the less facilities… [tour leader]

Motorbike – Basically New Zealand is a fantastic place for bikers, the roads are gorgeous, windy, hilly, scenic lookouts everywhere, lots of places to visit without going far from the vehicle, huge off-road New Zealand by motorbikepotential for enduros, not too much traffic, etc. [tour leader]

Rental cars – If you are 2 or more passengers there’s a chance that you will find a rental car deal that’s better value than public transport. But don’t forget to consider the expected cost of petrol. [tour leader]

Trains – The major trainlines run between Auckland and Wellington (The Overlander), between Picton and Christchurch (The TranzCoastal) and between Christchurch and Greymouth (The TranzAlpine). The main railway stations on these routes are Auckland (Britomart), Hamilton (Frankton Railway Station), National Park, Ohakune, Palmerston North, Wellington, Picton, Blenheim, Kaikoura, Christchurch, Arthurs Pass and Greymouth. [tour leader]

Professional Groups & Events

Professional Groups & Events

Auckland Confidence for Young Professional Leaders – This group has been set up for young professionals who want to boost their confidence and charisma, both in their careers and in their personal lives. I have started this group so that we can share skills, tips and methods for being the best, most distinguished and interesting leaders around! [meetup]

Auckland Professional Skills Development-Meetup – Auckland Professional Skills Development Meetup is a community to explore and practice different ways to improve our skills and those of our staff, create better workplaces, and unlock creativity in companies around us. [meetup]

Auckland Software QA Professionals – This is a group for anyone interested in software testing, manual, automation. All skill levels are welcome. I started this group because to meet other Software Testers in Auckland and to meet new migrants who have testing experience in other parts of the world. [meetup]

IT Professionals New Zealand – Auckland Branch – IT Professional community – Auckland Branch of IT Professionals NZ, the largest tech body in New Zealand. [meetup]

Mix & Mingle for Mental Health Professionals – Are you a Mental Health Professional? Psychologist, Counsellor, Mental Health Nurse, Psychiatrist or Psychotherapist. [meetup]

Test Professionals Network, Wellington – Test Professionals Network, Wellington is the leading forum for promoting excellence in systems and software testing. We promote the importance of software testing by holding regular meetings with presentations by local and international speakers to develop awareness of good industry practices in software testing. [meetup]

Wellington Professional Toastmasters Club – Welcome to Wellington Professional Toastmasters Club. Chartered in May 2010, we have been awarded the President’s Distinguished Club award for the last five years running (the highest award a club can be given). [meetup]

Wellington Social Entrepreneurs – Wellington Social Entrepreneurs purpose is to provide a platform for those already involved in a Social Entrepreneur business model or for those wanting to understand the parameters of this model with the possibility of becoming involved if desired. [meetup]

Wellington Young Professionals – Wellington Young Professionals (WYP) is a not-for-profit, industry-neutral organisation established to nurture personal and professional development for all young professionals in Wellington. [meetup]

Language Exchange

Language Exchange

Auckland Language Exchange meetup – Auckland Language Exchange is a fun way to practice a language and make friends at the same time. So you can learn and improve any language you wish to. If you are new to Auckland or not, any nationality or background, you’re welcome to join our group. [meetup]

Auckland French and English language exchange – If you are interested in learning/improving/practicing your French or English skills, you are welcome !  [meetup]

Mundo LingoWellington Language Exchange – Mundo Lingo is a sociable and completely free new way to practice another language in Wellington and make local friends as much locals as tourists. [meetup]

Wellington China-Tongue – Want to learn basic Mandarin? Fascinated about Chinese Culture and History? Curious about whether Chinese Martial Art really works or not? Wonder what’s hot in China now and how does the real China different to your imaginary one? [meetup]

Wellington Japan Meetup – This is a group for anyone interested in Japan or studying Japanese. If you’re interested in learning about the Japanese language and / or culture, you’re welcome to join! [meetup]

Welly’s Japanese×English Language exchange&Outdoos – Japanese&English language exchange ,Writing in Japanese Speaking in Japanese, Proofreading in Japanese etc. [meetup]

LGBT Groups

LGBT Groups

Auckland Feminism/Queer Space – Outside of university or niche groups, I feel like there isn’t often a space for a group of people to meet up without the threat of sexism or heterosexism. This group doesn’t have to be activism-specific, but is more an attempt to create a safe space for feminists and queer folk to chill out, chat, watch films, and generally socialize. [meetup]

Auckland gay lesbian bisexual social Meetup – This is a group for gay lesbian bisexual people get together and make friends. Lets get together have fun! Welcome! [meetup]

Auckland LGBT Social Soccer Team. Rainbow AFC – Calling all LGBT people and supporters to get this LGBT Soccer/Football team together.The team is for all skill levels, it’s a great opportunity to have fun, work on your fitness, and meet a diverse range of people. [meetup]

Fresh Fruit- LGBTQI meetups in well, well, Wellington – Open to LGBTQI community members in the Wellington region. Our activity options are as diverse as the community and open to suggestions. Looking for people to go to a gig with you? Want to try your chances in a bake off? Drag race anyone? Day trip you’ve been dreaming about? [meetup]

Gay4Play NZ A life beyond the bars – Gay4Play is breaking the monotony and giving Auckland the opportunity to go BEYOND THE BARS and encourages gays, lesbians and their friends of all types and ages to join us. [meetup]

Trans and Intersex Support – Kia ora tatou! This is a support group for anyone who identifies as trans or intersex and their families. Anyone who identifies as such is welcome to attend our regular events and to bring a support person with them. [meetup]



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