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Art, Culture and Heritage

Find the best things to do in New Zealand! Explore these top cultural activities, art galleries, New Zealand heritage tours, Maori performances, and NZ heritage sites and cultural attractions throughout NZ with See And Do NZ.

 

Art, Culture and Heritage activities to See and Do in New Zealand

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Nomad Safaris Routeburn - Guided Walks

Nomad Safaris Routebu...

One of New Zealand’s Great Walks – the Routeburn Track, is waiting for you! ......

Glenorchy Kiwi Special Tour

Glenorchy Kiwi Specia...

Come along with Queenstown Expeditions as we take you on our Glenorchy Kiwi Spec ......

Napier Prison Self Guided Audio Tour

Napier Prison Self Gu...

A visit to Napier Prison offers you the chance to connect with the story of our ......

Silent electric boat hire on the Kerikeri River, Bay of Islands

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Explore the beautiful Kerikeri river on a silent electric boat. No boating expe ......

Introducing Te Papa Tour

Activity LocationWellington City, Wellington

Beginning over one hundred million years ago, join your guide on a journey through New Zealand’s rich history and cul ...

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NZ $22.00 Book Now

The Old Gold Trail, Half Day Tour

Activity LocationQueenstown

Old Gold Trail, Arrowtown & Central Tour Travel by luxury vehicle with local guide while you follow in the foo ...

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NZ $194.00 Book Now

Wine Tasting & Scenic Adventure

Activity LocationBay Of Islands, Northland

A land based tour in the beautiful Bay of Islands area including Wine Tasting, Lunch at a Vineyard, Historic Buildin ...

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NZ $220.00 Book Now

Cape Reinga & Ninety Mile Beach

Activity LocationPaihia, Northland

Journey to the very tip of the North Island and uncover a region of rich Māori tradition along the way on an unforgetta ...

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NZ $170.00 Book Now

Cultural Performance

Activity LocationRotorua

Take a glimpse into our world of performing arts while partaking in one of our daily Cultural Performances. Let our loc ...

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NZ $30.00 Book Now

Dinosaur House Museum

Activity LocationMt Ruapehu & Tongariro

Raetihi's Dinosaur House holds New Zealand's largest collection of privately owned dinosaur skeletons, fossils and life- ...

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Scenic Circuit

Activity LocationBay Of Islands, Northland

Scenic Tour Hear some of the local history and lifestyle stories. Waitangi Golf Club lookout. Travel through native bu ...

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Urban Axe Throwing at Sweet Axe Throwing Co.

Activity LocationDowntown Auckland, Auckland

Unleash your inner Viking! Get ready to get pumped ​with an axe-perience unlike any other! Sweet Axe Throwing Co is Ne ...

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NZ $50.00 Book Now

Waka Ama Adventure (Outrigger Canoe)

Activity LocationMount Maunganui, Bay Of Plenty

Come and journey with us on a Waka Ama Adventure to explore and connect with our moana (sea) and whenua (land).

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NZ $125.00 Book Now

All About Paradise Half Day Expedition

Activity LocationQueenstown

Mystical morning & afternoon half-day expeditions to Glenorchy and the famous Paradise Valley! Take in the Spectacul ...

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NZ $194.00 Book Now

Sustainable sailing to the Maori Rock Carvings.

Activity LocationTaupo

Step aboard, explore Lake Taupō, and discover its natural beauty and hidden wonders with an eco-friendly cruise with Sa ...

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NZ $65.00 Book Now

West Coast Treetop Walk & Tower Zipline

Activity LocationHokitika, West Coast

Treetop Walkway Adventure If you find yourself wondering what there is to do in New Zealand, the South Island, or even ...

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Rotorua Highlights including Te Puia

Activity LocationHamilton & Waikato

Experience the world famous geothermal and Maori cultural wonders of Te Puia. This unforgettable tour combines natures p ...

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NZ $299.00 Book Now

Scenic Lake Rotoiti Kayak Tour - Rotorua

Activity LocationRotorua

Embark on an extraordinary adventure with our Scenic Lake Rotoiti Day tour, granting you access to one of New Zealand's ...

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NZ $145.00 Book Now

Taupo Sailing Adventures

Activity LocationTaupo

Experience the best way to explore Lake Taupo and choose the most environmentally friendly way to travel – with a scen ...

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NZ $59.00 Book Now

Rotorua Highlights inc Te Puia Tour, Haka & Hangi Buffet Lunch

Activity LocationHamilton & Waikato

Experience nature & Māori culture in our Rotorua Highlights tour which includes guided tour & entry at Te Puia, ...

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NZ $385.00 Book Now

Ernest Kemp Cruises

Activity LocationTaupo

Take a relaxing boat trip aboard Ernest Kemp. One of the world’s largest freshwater volcanic craters, Lake Taupō is h ...

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Super Cruise Combo - The Cream Trip including Hole in the Rock

Activity LocationPaihia, Northland

See it all and do it all on our super cruise combo combining the best of the The Cream Trip and the Hole in the Rock Cru ...

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NZ $195.00 Book Now

Rotorua Jade Carving Studio Tour

Activity LocationRotorua

Step inside our Rotorua Jade Carving Studio for an exclusive, behind-the-scenes experience. Meet local artists, see live ...

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NZ $35.00 Book Now

Shared Tour (English)

Activity LocationLake Tekapo, Canterbury

This is our classic experience. During this tour, you will share a 90 min astronomy experience with other night sky enth ...

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NZ $99.00 Book Now

Nomad Safaris Lord of The Rings Tours - Queenstown

Activity LocationQueenstown

Explore the magical side of New Zealand and understand why this beautiful country was chosen to portray Middle-earth. Th ...

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Dolphin & Wildlife Eco Cruise

Activity LocationTauranga, Bay Of Plenty

Watch dolphins swimming up close as you explore our big blue backyard! Enjoying an amazing half-day cruise along the pri ...

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NZ $175.00 Book Now

Best of Napier & Hawkes Bay (half day)

Activity LocationHawkes Bay

This very popular 4 hour minibus tour includes fantastic scenery, a sculpture garden and of course the world-famous Art ...

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NZ $150.00 Book Now

History And Culture Tour Of Tauranga

Activity LocationTauranga, Bay Of Plenty

To get a feel for the history of Tauranga you will experience the stories of an ancient Māori fortified village and the ...

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NZ $189.00 Book Now

Waiheke Island Art Walk

Activity LocationWaiheke Island, Auckland

Waiheke supports a lively creative community – on this walk you’ll visit galleries, sculpture parks, artist studios ...

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NZ $450.00 Book Now

Hangi and Concert

Activity LocationBay Of Islands, Northland

Sample Maori culture and cuisine at its best. Enjoy a captivating, live performance and hangi dinner.

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NZ $150.00 Book Now

Wētā Workshop Unleashed Tour

Activity LocationDowntown Auckland, Auckland

A global award-winning movie-making tour. Wētā Workshop Unleashed is our latest tourism product that we launched in ...

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Silver River Stargazing Tour

Activity LocationLake Tekapo, Canterbury

Silver River™ Stargazing is Lake Tekapo’s leading small group stargazing tour. Large telescopes, small groups & ...

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NZ $99.00 Book Now

Sculptureum Experience - Escape to a world of creative wonder

Activity LocationNorth Auckland, Auckland

Be inspired with a day trip to the acclaimed Sculptureum; a unique art destination that is commonly reviewed as being of ...

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Waiheke Island Cultural Experience

Activity LocationWaiheke Island, Auckland

Experience Waiheke Island from a Māori perspective. Enjoy stunning sea views over the Hauraki Gulf and white sand beach ...

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Stand Up Paddle Adventure

Activity LocationTauranga, Bay Of Plenty

Come and journey with us on a SUP Adventure to explore and connect with our moana (sea) and whenua (land).

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Lochmara Day Trips

Activity LocationQueen Charlotte Sound, Marlborough

Cruise to Lochmara, one of Marlborough's most popular destinations, taking in the surrounding beautiful Queen Charlotte ...

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Hobbiton Express Tour from Auckland

Activity LocationDowntown Auckland, Auckland

This small group tour is an easy day trip from Auckland to Hobbiton Movie Set. The day includes a fully guided tour of ...

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NZ $325.00 Book Now

Tūhura Otago Museum Science Centre Day Pass

Activity LocationDunedin

Come visit the largest science centre in New Zealand. With a Tropical Forest filled with live exotic butterflies, and lo ...

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Buried Village Experience

Activity LocationRotorua

Stories of survival and resilience are told throughout our museum exhibits and in over 1km of heritage excavations. Wand ...

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Matakana Art & Wine Escape

Activity LocationNorth Auckland, Auckland

Explore Auckland’s countryside, where art meets winemaking. This day trip including return transfer from Auckland i ...

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NZ $295.00 Book Now

The Farm Tour

Activity LocationRotorua

The Farm Tour is an hour long guided tour, travelling through a farm environment on a covered trailer. During The Farm ...

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Russell Mini Tours

Activity LocationBay Of Islands, Northland

Romantic Russell – Steeped in history with a very checkered past. Bus tour departing from Russell Wharf, spend a comfo ...

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Mountain to the Sea

Activity LocationMount Maunganui, Bay Of Plenty

Immerse yourself in true Tauranga culture from the Mountain to the Sea, escorted by our local guides on waka ama canoes, ...

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NZ $165.00 Book Now

The Hells Gate Experience

Activity LocationRotorua

Hell's Gate is the most active geothermal reserve in New Zealand and home to its only mud spa. Due to the composition of ...

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NZ $105.00 Book Now

Hobbiton & Rotorua including Te Puia from Auckland

Activity LocationHamilton & Waikato

Our Hobbiton & Rotorua including guided tour at Te Puia day trip combines two of the North Island top attractions.

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Waitangi Admission Pass

Activity LocationPaihia, Northland

Discover Waitangi’s contemporary museums, Māori cultural performances in an authentic Meeting House, informative guid ...

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NZ $60.00 Book Now

Premium Wine Tour

Activity LocationWaiheke Island, Auckland

Best Wine Tasting Tour in Waiheke, New Zealand. We have worked hard to make sure our wine tasting tour is the best that ...

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NZ $165.00 Book Now

Nomad Safaris - Queenstown

Activity LocationQueenstown

Experience New Zealand’s most spectacular quad bike rides, off road 4WD adventures, guided walks for all abilities inc ...

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NZ $270.00 Book Now

Mauao Walk and Workshop

Activity LocationMount Maunganui, Bay Of Plenty

Our Mauao Walk and Workshop allows you to experience cultural history and learn the environmental significance of our an ...

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Geothermal Trails

Activity LocationRotorua

Geothermal Trails

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Nomad Safaris Quad Bike I 4WD - U Drive Experience Queenstown

Activity LocationQueenstown

This is New Zealand’s most spectacular quad biking, where the adventure is in your hands! We give you 2.25 hrs on your ...

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Iconic Guided Tour

Activity LocationRotorua

Explore an authentic living Māori village where people live on a daily basis, using natural geothermal resources to coo ...

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NZ $45.00 Book Now

3D Trick Art Gallery

Activity LocationRotorua

Immerse yourself into 2D paintings posing and acting, when you take a photo it changes to 3D photos.

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Affinity Cruises

Activity LocationPicton, Marlborough

We take you further and get you closer than the larger vessels. Our smaller size means we can navigate through narrow wa ...

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Wine Tasting & Lunch Adventures

Activity LocationBay Of Islands, Northland

We visit three (3) vineyards : offering some unique wine varieties only grown in Northland Tastings can include w ...

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NZ $140.00 Book Now

Nomad Safaris combos - Dart River Jet I Shotover Jet I Earnslaw Burn Heli-Hobbit

Activity LocationQueenstown

Nomad Safaris is proud to partner with select operators to bring you a variety of unique experiences. These specially d ...

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Queenstown Luxury Private tour (Full day) for up to 4 people

Activity LocationQueenstown

Travelling through glacial valleys, around towering mountains and stopping off at spectacular vineyards and historic tow ...

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NZ $1250.00 Book Now

Classic Wine Tour - Departs Queenstown daily (1.30pm to 5.00pm)

Activity LocationQueenstown

Be whisked away to Queenstown’s neighboring wine region, Gibbston, where you will spend the afternoon leisurely explor ...

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NZ $199.00 Book Now

Olveston Historic Home Tours

Activity LocationDunedin

Olveston was built as a family home and furnished with fine art, furniture and artefacts, from all around the world. Wit ...

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Coach House Museum

Activity LocationPalmerston North, Manawatu

Welcome to our world class museum, home to an outstanding collection of rural New Zealand heritage, showcasing over 140 ...

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Manea Theatre Attraction Footprints of Kupe

Activity LocationHokianga, Northland

Manea Footprints of Kupe is a 75-minute multisensory journey of guided storytelling – through art, taonga (cultural tr ...

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Entry to the Knights of the Sky & Dangerous Skies Exhibitions

Activity LocationBlenheim, Marlborough

The Omaka Aviation Heritage Centre is Marlborough's single most visited attraction. Stories, not just stuff, make this a ...

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Art, Culture and Heritage activities to See and Do in New Zealand


Art, Culture and Heritage

Find the best cultural activities, art galleries, New Zealand heritage tours, Maori performances, and NZ heritage sites and cultural attractions throughout NZ with See and Do NZ.

 
Art, Culture and Heritage activities to See and Do in New Zealand

New Zealand is rich in history and heritage. This sailing adventure brings you along to explore Maori rock carvings! There is also a walking tour of the footprints of Kupe found in the Hokianga.

If you're into native wildlife, then Kiwi North in Whangarei is a great place to go, where you can see real Kiwi birds! There are also countless wine and food tours to allow you to really taste the essence of New Zealand.

 

The best places for Art, Culture and Heritage in New Zealand



There is history and art around every corner in New Zealand. One of New Zealand's most well-known historical events is the signing of the Treaty of Waitangi. This museum in Paihia, Northland, will tell you all about it and more! However, if you're looking for something a little more outgoing, this Earnest Kemp Cruise explores one of the world’s largest freshwater volcanic craters, Lake Taupō!

If you're looking for mind-blowing art, the Weta Workshop is for you! It is part film set, part creative workshop. Come along and find out which famous film!

The best places for Art, Culture and Heritage in New Zealand
 

Frequently Asked Questions about Art, Culture and Heritage Activities

1. What is the most popular culture in New Zealand?

The indigenous people of New Zealand are known as Māori. Māori cuisine, Māori language, and Māori customs are all very important aspects of life here.

2. Is New Zealand good for art?

New Zealand is rich with all forms of art. The country's scenic beauty, captivating historical attractions, and distinctive fusion of traditional and modern lifestyles make incredible muse for New Zealand artists, and it is reflected in their work that is often included publicly in many towns.

3. What is the cultural capital of New Zealand?

Wellington is the cultural capital of New Zealand. When visiting Wellington, you will be blown away by the diverse and unique artistic life.