There aren't many places on this lonely planet where travellers are so well catered for – in terms of both man-made enticements and splendours of the natural realm.
New Zealand’s indigenous Maori culture is accessible and engaging. Join in a haka, the war dance made famous by the All Blacks rugby team, or chow down at a traditional hangi (Maori feast cooked in the ground). Cultural travellers can carve a pendant from bone or pounamu (jade)
Don’t worry. There’s no chance of ever getting tired of the scenery in New Zealand. No other nation in the world packs so much jaw-dropping diversity into such a small space. The country’s coastline conceals many beaches, from the lazy days coves of the Abel Tasman National Park to the windswept and rugged stretches of the Catlins and the West Coast. Volcanoes rise from the central plateau of the North Island, and further south the alpine grandeur incorporates glaciers, snowcapped peaks, and misty fiords. From Queenstown, the meandering drive through the Kawarau river valley quickly transforms the landscape from indigo mountains and expansive lakes to the barren and rugged beauty of Central Otago.