New Zealand may be packed with attractions and activities, but there are two islands to choose from – or at least divide your time between.
If there was ever a nuclear holocaust, this place would be a glimmer of hope. It is essentially a Noah's Ark for trees.
Sometimes you just have to admit the Kiwis do it better. Here are 10 areas where New Zealand towers over Australia as a tourist destination.
You realise that this is not your regular burger bar when you see the queue clogging the pavement along Queenstown's Shotover Street.
Queenstown is much more than a place for snowsports, great food and luxury accommodation. Brook Sabin goes in search of the region's best hidden gems you probably haven't heard of.
When it comes to natural wonders, New Zealand lays it on thick.
Martinborough, in the heart of New Zealand's Wairarapa wine region, is a drawcard for thirsty Wellingtonians.
A blind wine tasting saw New Zealand chardonnays wipe the floor against offerings from Burgundy in France. And all of these wines came from the one producer.
Nature rules in New Zealand, and its proud locals will guide you around the best spots of this adventure sport capital; for they invented crazy activities such as black water rafting in caves lit by glow worms and flying through canyons on zip wires. You can also enjoy tramping over rolling green hills or active volcanoes, skiing at world-famous Queenstown or perhaps floating through the breathtaking Milford Sound.