Within a day or two’s drive you can see spectacular glaciers, picturesque fiords, rugged mountains, vast plains, rolling hills, subtropical forests, a volcanic plateau, and miles of coastline with sandy beaches. Much of these landscapes are protected by National Parks with thousands of kilometres of walks and trails opening their beauty to the public.
New Zealand's position straddling two tectonic plates has given us awe-inspiring geothermal areas and volcanoes, some of which are still active. Lake Taupō is the result of one of the largest and most destructive volcanic eruptions in the world. Visit Rotorua and you will see this geothermal activity close up with spouting geysers, hot water pools, and bubbling mud.
New Zealand has 15,000 kilometres of blissfully uncrowded coastline with a diversity all of its own. The West Coast is rugged and untamed with many black-sand beaches, while the East Coast has gentle gold-sand beaches, quiet coves and harbours dotted with islands.