New Zealand combines the best of the world's unspoilt beauty in one country. One will find the glacial mountains reminiscent of Switzerland; fast-flowing rivers and deep lakes akin to Scotland and Ireland; the abundant native forests mimicing Canada and the American Northwest, and fiords, geysers and boiling mud evocative of Scandinavia, all rolled into one. However, one would struggle to find much of its flora anywhere else in the world. And while the word 'Maori' means 'ordinary', the friendliness shown by New Zealand's oldest natives is better described as 'exceptional'.
South Island, the larger of New Zealand's two main landmasses, is home to The Southern Alps, including New Zealand's highest peak, Mount Cook. On its coast, is its largest city, Christchurch, known both as 'the Cambridge of the southern hemisphere' and the Garden City. In the southwest, there is the 'adventure capital of the world', Queenstown, where skiing, jet boating, bungee-jumping, mountain biking and tramping (hiking) can be enjoyed. North Island is less mountainous and best known for its geothermal wonders. It is also home to New Zealand's largest city and sailing port, Auckland, as well as the capital, Wellington. A tour around New Zealand enjoying all of these ‘must see’ sights and experiences would be sure to be the trip of a lifetime.
New Zealand's varied landscape, award winning climate and friendly people, have made it a popular location not just for tourists but also for TV and film productions, including the Lord of the Rings trilogy and The Hobbit.