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For a relatively small country in the south-west Pacific, New Zealand packs a lot of punch. It's a geographical and geological treat, with active and dormant volcanoes, thermal springs, wild rivers and glaciers, fine beaches and fertile plains. Auckland and Wellington are the major cities (both with beautiful harbours) of the North Island and Christchurch is the main launch point for exploration of the South Island and Southern Alps.
Snow-capped mountains, sparkling blue oceans and bustling modern cities
Even a glimpse of the landscapes here reveal why a holiday in New Zealand is a must for lovers of the outdoors. If you don't really get 'outdoorsy' yourself, the fresh produce and New Zealand wine tempt many a palate if you somehow manage not to fall in love with the scenery.
With only 4 million people countrywide, it's fabulously uncrowded. From tip to tail there are 14 national parks; several international-standard ski fields and more adrenalin than you'll know what to do with at the South Island's adventure hub, Queenstown. The hospitality throughout is warm and there's accommodation to suit all budgets from shoestring to show-me-the-way-to-the-5-star-lodge-with-a-helipad. In short, New Zealand is small but has a lot of heart. Come and see why it might steal yours.