IN A NUTSHELL
A truly awe-inspiring country, New Zealand has perhaps some of the most stunning scenery on earth. You need a good chunk of time in the country to explore and get under its skin. You'll see spectacular glaciers, picturesque fjords, vast plains, rolling hills, subtropical forests, rugged mountains, a volcanic plateau and miles of coastline with sandy beaches.
New Zealand's straddles two tectonic plates and is therefore home to geothermal areas and volcanoes, some of which are still active. Lake Taupo is the result of one of the largest and most destructive volcanic eruptions in the world. Visit Rotorua and you can witness this geothermal activity with spouting geysers, hot water pools and bubbling mud.