Exploring New Zealand’s magnificent landscapes and coastline tops the list for many. Fantastic cycling and walking trails dot the country from north to south or try kayaking, sailing or diving. If you’re after New Zealand’s famous adventure activities and extreme sports, there’s a myriad to choose from. For adrenaline lovers, going bungy jumping here is a must-do – rafting, jet boating, skydiving and zip lining all offer a similar rush.
Kiwi food was once a bland echo of a boiled British Sunday roast – but these days New Zealand chefs find inspiration in new-world culinary oceans, especially the South Pacific with its abundant seafood and encircling cuisines. And don’t go home without seeking out some local faves: paua (abalone), kina (sea urchin) and kumara (sweet potato). For picnic fodder, head to New Zealand’s fab farmers markets. Thirsty? New Zealand’s cool-climate wineries have been filling trophy cabinets for decades (sublime pinot noir and sauvignon blanc), and the country’s craft-beer scene is exploding. Contemporary coffee culture is also firmly entrenched.