In the geological sense, New Zealand has had a colourful past. The ice age carved the exquisite network of Fiordland and the Marlborough Sounds, huge tectonic forces pushed up the Southern Alps and volcanism on a fearsome scale shaped (and continues to shape) much of the North Island.
The result of all this action is scenery to die for—a landscape jam-packed with interest.
Rocky and wild, pristine and shimmering or black with iron ore, you're never far from the coast in New Zealand.
From the Polynesian navigator Kupe to the Kiwis of today, New Zealanders all add their own flavours to our unique cultural mix.
Each one different in character, New Zealand's islands reflect the contrasts of the mainland.
Popular playgrounds or idyllic hideaways, New Zealand's lakes are a drawcard for all.
Nature demonstrates her awesome power with grinding glaciers, seemingly bottomless fiords and steaming geothermal hot spots.
Set aside for their special appeal, New Zealand's parks and reserves can be wild, cultured or somewhere in between.
You'll never tire of New Zealand's scenic views, or of the myriad of ways you can get to see them!
Slow your pace and give your senses time to take in your surroundings. You can't really appreciate the flavour of a place until you've explored it on foot.