Whether you’re looking to relax or tap into your inner daredevil, New Zealand is an ideal vacation spot. To really enjoy New Zealand, divvy up your time between major cities like Auckland and its scenic islands. Get a feel for the Mãori culture, enjoy the hot pools, visit award-winning wineries, explore caves, and go zip-lining. And depending on what time of year you visit, New Zealand is just as great a place to ski as it is for water sports.
Bonus: Having been the filming location for both The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings trilogies, New Zealand is known as the home to Middle-Earth. If you’re a fan of the movies and/or books, make your way through the different film sets; they’re even more enchanting in person.
DID YOU KNOW?
New Zealand is number four on the Global Peace Index, behind only Iceland, Denmark, and Austria.
SAFETY NOTE: New Zealand’s crime rate is pretty low, however, theft from hostels and cars have been common among tourists. In an emergency, dial 111.