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New Zealand. Idyllic. Isolated. Untouched. 100% Pure.

Over a thousand years ago, Kupe's great waka (canoe) carried the first Maori people to New Zealand. Today, the best way to experience this fascinating culture is on a visit to Rotorua, on the North Island, where you can watch Maori dances, admire the striking Maori dress and adornments and join in a traditional hangi feast. While you're there, don't miss Rotorua's other amazing attractions, including the bubbling pools and geysers of the Geothermal Reserve, and a boat tour of the beautiful Glow Worm Caves.

Although Rotorua and Auckland, also on the North Island, are definite must-sees, if you don't travel to the South Island as well, you'll be missing much of what New Zealand is all about, including some of the most beautiful alpine scenery in all of the world. Many people would agree that if you can visit only one destination on the entire South Island, you should head to Milford Sound and the incredibly beautiful Fiordland National Park. Take a scenic cruise on the beautiful waters of the sound, through narrow gorges where the steep mountains drop directly into the water on either side of you. "Breathtaking" does not even begin to describe the experience. It's a photographer's dream. But the South Island is full of such awe-inspiring views. Enjoy a scenic bus or train ride through gorgeous mountain passes. Visit Fraz Josef Glacier where you can peer down the ice-blue chasm of a giant glacier, land on a steaming active volcano, or step into fresh snow from a ski-plane. At Mount Cook there are heli-skiing trips to the magnificent Tasman Glacier, including a stunning 10km run amidst the towering peaks and ice falls of New Zealand's highest alpine region. Try bungee jumping in Queenstown, where this dare-devil sport first began. If you're into hiking, the world famous Milford Track is the place for you to head. And when you're ready for a calmer pace, head to the delightful city of Dunedin, for a little touch of Scotland in the southern hemisphere.

There's something for everyone in New Zealand, and as official Kiwi Specialists, we'll help you plan the trip that's just right for you.