While New Zealand may be Australia’s neighbour to the south, the cultures, history and cuisine of the two countries are completely separate. If you ever make your way to New Zealand for a holiday, or for business, there’s a laundry list a mile long of amazing attractions to see and try. But, after doing all of those activities, you’re bound to get hungry. So, what are you going to eat while in New Zealand? Luckily the country has a number of delicious meals and snacks for you to try when your stomach starts growling. Traditionally, New Zealand cuisine has a mix of native Maori and European influences and when you head to larger cities like Wellington and Auckland, you’ll find a bigger Asian influence in the dishes. Satiate your stomach with Cover-More’s guide to food from New Zealand.

This “City of Sails” is much more than water sports. Auckland is the largest city in New Zealand and offers attractions for everyone, from adventure sports to wine tasting. Read on for the must-dos (and must-not-dos) of Auckland – the cultural capital of New Zealand.

Vacation is a time to rest and relax, but at Cover-More we know from experience how dangerous new countries can be. From pickpockets to pyramid schemes, we want you to stay safe and aware. Learn about the common scams for visitors and locals in New Zealand and you’ll be better off protecting yourself and your holiday from an unfortunate run-in with one of these scam artists. If you are planning a trip to New Zealand, here are the three scams you should be vigilant about:

Adventure sports are the name of the game in New Zealand and more times than not you’ll be speeding around the islands to catch the next thrill, top the next peak and try the newest activity. Sometimes though, the best way to see a country is by driving through it. Campervans are always a popular choice in Australia for road trips, but they’re also a great way to see New Zealand in between your adventures. You’ll navigate the roads, and see the stunning landscapes first-hand and at your own pace. Here’s a sample itinerary for a campervan holiday on the north and south island, along with a few of the best places to rent a campervan on each island.

Lush greenery rubs shoulders with the urban dwellings of downtown Auckland, all of which overlooks the turquoise bays. Auckland has consistently placed in the Top 5 on the Mercer Quality of Living Survey and often wins awards as a top travel destination. This will no doubt be the best place to take a break from reality and calm your mind from the stresses of everyday responsibilities. Read our list of the top ways to relax when visiting Auckland, New Zealand.

One of the hardest parts about travelling abroad, even if it’s just to the next island over, is figuring out public transportation. Routes and numbers are always changing and it can be hard to know which way is north, let alone the combination of public transport you need to take to get to your final destination. Daunting doesn’t even begin to describe it. 

The first thing to strike you when arriving in Queenstown, New Zealand is probably the scenery. The mountains iced with snow and the shimmering lakes are hard to tear your eyes away from. However when you do, and you get to know the town centre of Queenstown, you’ll quickly realize how friendly and open locals are here.

The Maori people’s Polynesian ancestors sailed around the Pacific Ocean with their navigational skills to guide them. One of the last islands to be discovered was Aotearoa New Zealand. The “Aotearoa” part of the name comes from the wife of the adventurer Kupe, who pointed out the long white clouds that were over the land, thus giving Aotearoa its name which translates to “long white cloud.”

Phoebe Lee

I knew New Zealand was beautiful, which is why I was really excited to spend some time there recently. I expected to fall in love with Queenstown and never want to leave, so I was really surprised when it was somewhere else that completely captured my heart.