Out of the ashes of disaster rose a jewel of a city that contains some of the world's finest art deco and Spanish mission architecture.
Let's raise a glass to two small islands with 2000 vineyards.
The Snares islands are wild, pristine and popular with penguins.
This is as close to travelling business class as it gets.
Star gazing, snow-capped mountains, hot tubs, and cycling beside turquoise coloured lakes, this trail has it all – even for novice cyclists.
With 50 kilometres of downhill mountain bike tracks serviced by almost two kilometres of chairlift over a 358 hectare mountainous park on the outskirts of New Zealand's second largest city – what could possibly go wrong?
I wanted to walk until I was physically exhausted and mentally calm. And I wanted to walk alone.
The Farm at Cape Kidnappers' head chef, James Honore, recommends seven dishes.
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.