Call of nature
Swim with seals or dolphins, watch albatross and take in sperm whales spouting off in Kaikoura.
Ice, ice baby
Take a day’s hike on one of the west coast glaciers and get happily lost in the incredible ice kingdom.
Jump off stuff
Go bungee in the country that created it. Suspended above a canyon, the 143m Nevis Bungee is particularly pant-ruining.
Climb Mount Doom
Scenes from the Lord Of The Rings movies were filmed in the apocalyptic volcanic landscape of Tongariro National Park.
Take an overnight boat cruise into the mysterious, mist-heavy fjords of Milford or Doubtful Sound.
Meet the Maori
Hear their sories, partake in their customs and visit their ornate wooden meeting houses (marae).
Drink it in
Visit windy Wellington, the country’s capital and cultural centre, and kick back in cosy cafés, smart bars and cool museums.
Hold your nose
Experience the thermal spas, gushing geysers and otherworldly smells of Rotorua.
Tramp it up
New Zealand has many well-maintained walking tracks that take you in and among absurdly wondrous scenery.
Find the precious
Do one of the many Lord Of The Rings tours and see the sites for Isengard, Edoras and Rivendell, go inside a Hobbit hole or brandish Sting.