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NEW ZEALAND

New Zealand offers such an incredible variety of experiences that it is sometimes called “The World in Miniature”.

Glacial mountains, majestic fiords lush green pastures, awesome thermal regions and semi tropical islands forge a lifetime of unforgetable memories.

You'll discover a relaxed, warm, and welcoming atmosphere in New Zealand that relieves accumulated stress and tension ... the slower pace combined with New Zealand’s passion for conservation and ecology allows for unsurpassed opportunities for personal renewal and rejuvenation.

New Zealand is truly the ideal destination for the American traveler ... the scenery is spectacular, the air fresh, the food delicious, the people friendly, the primary language English, and the exchange rate is in favor of the US dollar.

There is a wide variety of accommodation to suit all tastes, from luxurious lodges to cosy bed and breakfasts, and even farm stays are a possibility.

The wines of New Zealand and the delightful Pacific rim cuisine will tantalize you with a unique experience and you'll return home with a sense of wonder after experiencing a relaxing and invigorating vacation of a lifetime.

New Zealand is a unique land of breathtaking scenery. Craggy coastlines, sweeping golden beaches, verdant rainforests, snow-capped alpine mountains, gurgling volcanic pools, fuming active volcanoes, flashing fish-filled rivers and glacier-fed lakes compete for attention, all beneath a brilliant blue sky. Pair this with a thriving indigenous culture, bustling cosmopolitan cities, traditional towns and friendly people with a distinct lust for life and you have an outstanding and unusual combination.

New Zealand is spread over several small islands. The more developed North Island is home to the main cities, whilst the vast empty spaces of South Island are best for escaping the crowds. Tiny, undeveloped Stewart Island is reminiscent of how New Zealand must have looked before the arrival of people.

Getting around is easy as the country has a modern and efficient transport network, quiet roads, plenty of flights  and two stunningly scenic rail journeys.

The plant and animal life are also excellent offering opportunities to see the varied birdlife (including kiwis), seals, dolphins and whales.

Enjoy the chance to explore two of the richest New World wine regions on the planet, taste wonderful cuisine, stroll on moody beaches, tramp through the national parks or over alpine passes on well-maintained, beautifully sited tracks.

The country is also perfect for every kind of outdoor activity. Not surprisingly, some of the world's most cutting-edge adventure activities originated in New Zealand. Try bungee jumping,  caving or white-water rafting. Or if that is not your thing, immerse yourself in culture in the museums and galleries of New Zealand's main cities - Auckland, Christchurch and the capital Wellington.

New Zealand was first settled at least 1,000 years ago by the Polynesian Maori, a well ordered tribal society. The first European arrival was Dutchman Abel Tasman in 1642, although it was not until the voyages of Captain James Cook, in 1769 and 1779, that the islands were charted and explored.

Since then the country has developed into one of the cleanest, greenest, most popular places to live and visit. Tourist numbers rocketed around the release of the Lord of the Rings trilogy, which showcased New Zealand's fantastic scenery to a worldwide audience.