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Why New Zealand?

New Zealand remains an unspoiled paradise waiting to be discovered. Be awestruck by stunning Alps, volcanoes, fjords, native forest, and perfect beaches. Trek through the engulfing wilderness and breathe in the backdrops made famous on the silver screen. Whether you stay in a luxuriousoceanside villa, a majestic mountain lodge, or a cozy campsite, you're sure to find your paradise in New Zealand.

What to Do:

Go “black water rafting” in the North Island’s Waitomo Caves in theWaikato region.

Catch a rugby game with some of New Zealand’s die-hard fans.

Experience Maori culture—meet the local people and enjoy a hangi feast cooked in earth ovens.

Explore the Franz Josef Glacier on a guided walk to fit any skill level.

Savor a glass of wine on the Classic New Zealand Wine Trail.

Bask in a healing geothermal hot tub.

Paddle your way through Maori rock carvings on a kayak through LakeTaupo.

Test your limits at the Nevis Bungee platform.

Try one (or all) of the 9 Great Walks of New Zealand to witness its finest scenery.

See one of Kaikoura’s resident whales through a guided boat tour.

Experience the real Middle-earth by visiting the Hobbiton Movie Set, featured in The Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit films.

Take advantage of the exceptionally dark skies by gazing at constellations through a telescope tour.

Fun Facts:
  • Bungee jumping was invented here.
  • Over 20% of New Zealand is covered in national parks, forest areas, and reserves.
  • Rugby football is the most popular spectator sport in New Zealand.
  • Over 150 locations in New Zealand were used in the Lord of the Ringsfilms.
  • The term “kiwi” is used in many ways in New Zealand—it can refer to a bird, a fruit, or someone living the region.
  • When the Matariki star cluster emerges in June, a month-long celebration for the Maori New Year begins.

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