Our insiders show you the best of both islands, from dramatic Fiordland in the south to the tip of sacred Cape Reinga in the north.


You'll be spoiled for choice when it comes to adventure activities.

What more could you expect from the place that invented bungy jumping?

First thing's first. How much time do you have? If you've only got 10 days, explore the North Island. Longer than two weeks? Self-drive the South Island. If time isn't an issue, slow-travel your way around the whole country.

Rule number one: don't rush. This destination moves at a slower place to wherever you've come from. 

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If you’re heading out overnight on foot, you’re not hiking: you’re tramping. New Zealand has an amazing network of tramping huts, all maintained by the loveable Department of Conservation (DOC).
Helen Glenny
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