Aussies urged to visit New Zealand's 'hidden gems'

Aussie holidaymakers are being urged to visit some of New Zealand's "hidden gems".

Tourism chiefs in the country want more people to spend time in places like Northland, Auckland, Waikato, Taupo and Rotorua in the North Island.

According to Tourism New Zealand's general manager of Australia Tim Burgess, the initiative is aimed at raising awareness of largely unexplored parts of the country.

"The campaign aims to grow holiday arrivals into the North Island during the campaign period, as well as increase the length of stay and the number of regions visited," he remarked.

Due to the short distance between the two nations, New Zealand has always been a firm favourite among Aussie travellers.

There has been talk of introducing a joint currency, but this is unlikely to happen.

People often think that the differences between the two currencies are minimal, but this is not the case.

Aussies should always look for the best exchange rates before making the short hop over the Tasman and they can currently get NZ$1.26 for $1.

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