New Zealand is truly extraordinary. The culture, people, food and activities in New Zealand are amazing, but it’s this country’s epic landscapes that are its calling card; the views and lands here are so beautiful that they have inspired and played set to numerous films including the famous Lord Of The Rings trilogy as well as The Hobbit films.

New Zealand is culturally very similar to the UK so there’s not much of a change of pace once you land. New Zealanders, or Kiwis, are exceptionally friendly so you’re sure to make friends wherever you go. They hold their indigeous Maori culture in high esteem and many signs are bi-lingual. In a country around the size of Italy but with only a small population of around 4.8 million (compared to Italy’s 60+ million) you are in a place where nature reigns supreme. Its relatively small size and excellent infrastructure make it seriously amazing road trip territory, and there is total joy to be found simply hopping from town to city to village, winding through towering, untouched nature and incredible scenery. Food and wine in New Zealand are excellent and you’re in for a treat wherever you stop, whether it’s a small village surrounded by vast greenery and hills or a vibrant city on the coast.

With regards to activities, this is the home and birthplace of many extreme sports. Skydiving and bungee jumping are popular with visitors but there are some other softer adventures that you can have too. When it comes to sport, rugby is the most popular game to watch and play and the country’s national team, the All Blacks, are world famous for their performance on the field.

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