Most people are lured here by Napier, a jewel of an art deco city. What's less heralded is that the region is also a burgeoning food and wine hotspot.
Rare birds, spinning boats and glow worms are three of many great reasons to stop by NZ's South Island.
From a cruise-ship deck, New Zealand's scenery is splendid, while port towns offer history, culture and abundant shore-excursion choices.
An eclectic sculpture park near Auckland aims to please those who are bored with the usual fare and like fine art served with fun.
New Zealand's private island paradise where the water is so clear it's like a little slice of the Maldives.
The Lonely Planet effect: What happens when a quiet little destination is named world's No.2 place to visit
So what happens to a quiet little destination when it is named the No. 2 place to visit in the world? The answer is a lot.
This luxury addition to Wellington's accommodation scene has been a long time coming.
Once used to store student robes, this unassuming spot helped give birth to the Nuclear Age.
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.