So, what can you expect? Well, if you’ve seen The Lord of the Rings, The Hobbit, The Narnia Chronicles or The Piano, you’ll have an idea: soaring mountain peaks, mysterious lakes and rivers, dramatic volcanic plateaus, vast open plains, winding rivers, thermal wonderlands, fiords, native forests, glaciers, miles of farmland and even more miles of glorious coastline with gorgeous sandy beaches.
It’s not just the range of beautiful scenery to see – it’s the different ways you can experience it: by car, on foot, by boat, on horseback, by helicopter, by rail, by rubber raft. Here are some other facts that might amaze you:
a. NZ was voted the world’s best country in 2007 and 2008 by Wanderlust magazine.
b. 30% of the country is forest and protected national parks. Only 5% of NZ’s population is human – the rest are animals. Be ready to spend your whole life exploring the nature in NZ!
c. In 2008, TripAdvisor named Milford Sound (pictured below) the world’s top travel destination, based on an international survey.
d. Over 90% of migrants find our scenery exceeds or meets their expectations, according to a recent Immigration New Zealand survey.