Increased air routes.
A diverse destination where every day is a different journey, New Zealand is also getting easier to visit. Airlines are busy adding new nonstop flights to Auckland from Houston (Air New Zealand), Los Angeles (American on June 23) and San Francisco (United on July 1).
From fiords to vineyards.
New Zealand's glacial peaks, dramatic ravines and lush forests were scene-stealers in "The Lord of the Rings" trilogy. Experience it in-person, and kayak through the towering peaks of Milford Sound or whale-watch year-round on the South Island. Top it off with wine tastings in Marlborough or Hawke's Bay, just to name a few spots.
Thrills for everyone.
A life-size playground awaits in New Zealand -- where visitors can hike mountains, soar over fiords and glaciers in a helicopter, or go underground on a caving expedition. Head to the adventure mecca of Queenstown for white-water rafting or jump head-first off the Kawarau Bridge, the birthplace of bungee jumping.
Which coast has the most?
With 10,000 miles of coastline, it’s not hard to find a beautiful beach here. White sand beaches cover the east coast; find a remote stretch amongst the 144 islands in Bay of Islands. The west coast boasts glistening black sand and world-renowned surfing. Or, set out for ocean view hiking and kayaking in Abel Tasman National Park.
Explore by bike or hike.
Cycling and hiking trails stretch the entire length of the country. Spend an afternoon leisurely biking the coastal Nelson’s Great Taste Trail or hiking the Franz Josef glacier. Multi-day adventures include the 23 Great Rides of the New Zealand Cycle Trail or hiking Fiordland's Milford Track.