There is so much to see and do in New Zealand that it is
difficult to know where to start. This is, after all, the
self-styled 'adventure capital of the world', where you can bungee
jump, zorb and sky dive to your heart's content. The splendid
natural landscape lends itself equally well to hiking (they call it
'tramping' here), mountain biking, and general sightseeing.
New Zealand is also developing other sides to its tourist
offering with a burgeoning wine industry, fascinating Maori
culture, restorative thermal pools and natural spas, and plenty of
tours themed around The Lord of the Rings, which was filmed at
locations around the country.
Getting around is a breeze. You can cycle, or rent a camper van
or motor car. In general the roads are excellent and very safe and
there are plenty of domestic flights for getting between north and
south islands destinations.
There is no bad time to visit either. It does get cold in
winter, particular in the south island, where Otago can dip to
-10°C, but overall the climate is pretty welcoming all year round.
Local tourism picks up around the summer break of mid-December to
end January. Book well ahead if you intend visiting over this