New Zealand is home to some of the most fantastic natural landscapes in the world, so it’s easy to understand the Kiwis’ enduring love for the outdoors. Their backyards open up to glorious ski runs in winter and mountain biking trails in summer, primordial forests of ancient kauri trees and iridescent blue volcanic lakes. South Island’s Queenstown is the adventure capital of the world, enticing thrill-seekers with bungee jumping and skydiving, stunning walking trails and canoeing. South Island is especially popular for cruises along stunning fjords, particularly Milford Sound, which gradually gives way to the Southern Alps.
North Island is a cradle of Maori culture, a land of towering mountains and lovely coastline. Here, you can trace the indigenous peoples’ 1000-year-old history at museums and watch a traditional Maori haka (war dance) or sample a hangi meal. Vibrant cities like Auckland and Wellington are buzzing urban centres, with lively restaurants and street life. We’ll show you the best of the outdoors and the most unique cultures here in the land of the Kiwis.