The aptly named Bay of Islands is a great place to combine adventure and relaxation.
New Zealand's spectacularly beautiful landscape includes vast mountain chains, steaming volcanoes, sweeping coastlines, deeply indented fiords and lush rainforests.
Comparable in size and/or shape to Great Britain, Colorado or Japan, New Zealand has a population of only 4 million - making it one of the world's least crowded countries. It is a haven for those seeking peace, rejuvenation and relaxation as well as a playground for thrill seekers and adventurers.
A temperate climate with relatively small seasonal variation makes it an ideal year-round holiday destination.
New Zealand is situated in the South Pacific ocean about 2000 km (1250 miles) southeast of Australia across the Tasman Sea.
Auckland is a vibrant South Pacific city, the largest urban city in New Zealand where a modern city environment has created a lifestyle ranked amongst the best in the world.
Located in the centre of the North Island, Lake Taupo is New Zealand's largest lake and a magnet for trout fishing enthusiasts.
Get up early and watch the sunrise from Marine Parade. Hawke's Bay is on the first coast to see the sun every morning.
The capital city and second most populous urban area of New Zealand. It is located at the south-western tip of the North Island, between Cook Strait and the Rimutaka Range.
The most English city in New Zealand, The Garden City, boasts beautifully preserved gothic architecture, tree lined avenues and the gentle meandering Avon River.
Nestled on the shores of Lake Wakatipu, in front of the impressive Remarkables mountain range, nature has purpose built this area for adventure.
New Zealand's most famous attraction, Milford Sound with its views of the distinctive Mitre Peak, is the most visited fiord in the country and is certainly no disappointment.
The region is known for its vast open spaces and golden, tussock-covered hills rolling towards the towering Southern Alps and turquoise glacial lakes such as Lake Tekapo