New Zealand is an island country located in the South Pacific Ocean, where the landscapes are picture-perfect, and the traveling is easy. With nothing but space—and forests, mountains, glaciers, alpine lakes, volcanic craters, beaches and fiords—surrounding you, it’s not hard to see why the kiwis call it "Godzone" (God’s own country). The tourism industry is booming, thanks in part to the endless array of activities at your fingertips. Known as one of the best hiking destinations in the world, the number of adventures available are as limitless as your nerve—bungee jumping, sea kayaking, whitewater rafting, walking, swimming, cycling and more. But it’s not all about vacationing on the edge. Discover the fascinating Maori culture, and with a bounty of geothermal landscapes—geysers, mud pools and hot springs—it’s easy to wind down, too. Indulge in fresh local cuisine that is finding its stride, and the country’s award-winning wines. In New Zealand, people take the concept of the great outdoors very seriously. If you were surrounded by such exquisite surroundings, you would, too.
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Beauty knows no bounds on New Zealand’s South Island. Boundless beauty calls for boundless exploration, which is why VBT explores these spectacular landscapes by bike, foot, and kayak. We’ve handpicked the best routes—and the most rewarding ways—for you to fully experience it all.
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