Split between two main land masses plus a host of smaller islands in the Pacific Ocean, New Zealand is brimming with remarkable geographical features: volcanoes, mountain ranges, lakes, and of course, unspoiled coastal habitats. And due to its isolation, New Zealand boasts a high number of endemic plants and indigenous animal species.
For travelers who love to be immersed in nature and greenery, it’s hard to beat this island country. It’s a heaven for hikers, bikers, kayakers, and ski fanatics, to name just a few. When you’re not exploring the country’s many natural assets, you can experience urban life in Auckland, home to nearly 1.5 million people. You’ll can also get an introduction to Maori culture and the history and language of New Zealand’s indigenous people.