Lying in the south-west Pacific, New Zealand consists of two main islands - the North Island and the South Island. Stewart Island and many smaller islands lie offshore.
New Zealand is blessed with a wonderfully diverse range of natural beauty from the deep fiords and Sounds of the South Island's Fiordland National Park to the beautiful bays and wine country of the Marlborough Sounds/Nelson region at the top of the South Island.
With stunning scenery ranging from glaciers to rolling green pastures, soaring mountains and mirror-image lakes, New Zealand is tailor-made for adventure.
Many of the actors and crew also experienced some of the adventure New Zealand is famous for - with hiking, fishing, golfing, skiing, jet boating, sailing, bungy jumping and hang gliding all easily accessible.
From the awe inspiring scenery and cosmopolitan cities, to the fascinating indigenous culture and the long list of adrenalin pumping activities, it really is hard know where to start your journey in New Zealand..
Auckland is the largest city in New Zealand, with one third of the country's population living in this harbourside metropolis. The central feature of the city, is the fact that it lies next to the marine playground of the Hauraki Gulf. Ideas for exploring Auckland include a visit to West Auckland with its native forests, black sand beaches and Gannet Colony.
Bay of Islands
The Bay of Islands is a “must see” if you are visiting New Zealand. It?s one of the places renowned for having 144 islands, with many superb beaches and secluded bays and an abundance of marine life including marlin, whales, penguins and dolphins.
Rotorua is famous for its volcanic activity. The area is one of the world'sgreat geothermal areas. Geothermal reserves such as Waimangu, Waiotapu, and Whakarewarewa are found here. These reserves are situated in beautiful natural surroundings. Rotorua is also famous for its plentiful lakes which are great for swimming and fishing.
A visit to Taupo is a trip to some of the most awe inspiring natural beauty you’ll ever see. With stunning blue water and some of the best trout fishing in the world, Lake Taupo lies in the caldera of a prehistoric volcano, covering an area of 238 sq. miles.
While most travel to New Zealand for it’s beautiful landscape, Wellington is the one city not to miss. Forget Auckland, Wellington is not only the administrative, but also the cultural capital of the country.
Nestled away in the Alps in the South Island, Queenstown is one of New Zealand’s most talked about destinations.
Home to the world’s first commercial bungee site, it isn’t any wonder why it is known as the adventure capital of the world. Queenstown is surrounded by lakes and mountains and is easily one of the most beautiful places in the country.
Christchurch, New Zealand is a young city that wants to be old.The central city houses a wonderful collection of neo-gothic stone buildings well worth visiting. And when you’re standing on a bridge over the Avon River, watching Edwardian dressed punters drifting along the river, you might even start thinking you’re in England. But there is much more to this city – arts, culture, and adventure – then replicating England.
Te Anau and Milford Sound
Milford Sound is without doubt one of New Zealand’s must see attractions, and it easily made my list of top five things to see on the south island. Whilst the sound itself is tremendously impressive (it’s hard to argue with a mile of vertical mountain coming out of the sea), the 121km drive in from Te Anau is no less so.
The highest peak in New Zealand at 3754m (12,316ft), Aoraki / Mt Cook is a popular objective and we ascend via the classic Linda Glacier route. The climbing is strenuous and of moderate technical difficulty; the summit is one of the most satisfying and exhilarating in Australasia
(Franz Joseph e Fox Glacier) are spectacular. Take the train from Christchurch to Greymounth and reach the glaciers by car or bus. You can follow the track up and a flight by helicopter or plane above the Glaciers is a must.