Prepare to be wowed by New Zealand. This is a land carved by mountains, rent by fjords, dashed with glaciers and primeval rainforests, steaming with volcanic springs, and bashed by frothing oceans. Adventurers flock here to do all sorts. Some conquer trails around mighty Mount Cook. Others whiz on ski pistes and bungee into roaring river canyons by Queenstown. And then there are the surfers and the whale spotters, enjoying the waves of Raglan and the wild coast of Kaikoura alike. Beyond all that, you can learn about the unique traditions of the Maori people, sip artisan coffees in cool Auckland, and watch hard-fought rugby showdowns. Cheap flights to New Zealand are coveted prizes, with potential deals to both Christchurch and Auckland the main possibilities.
Hailed as the adventure capital of the world, Queenstown is all about getting the pulse beating with high-speed river tours, bungee jumps, skydives, and hiking expeditions.
A hidden Shangri-La on the long-lost coast of South Island, Milford Sound might be hard to reach but it's got countless waterfalls, endangered penguin species, and soaring mountains by the ocean.
An 85-kilometer headland that juts from North Island, the Coromandel Peninsula is all shimmering beaches, sky-blue seas, surf towns, and old-growth kauri trees.