Good For: Couples, groups of friends, families and single
Good For: Couples, groups of friends and families looking to explore a vast and geographically diverse country with some of the most humorous, quick-witted and welcoming people in the world.
Why Now: Because you need a 2-week vacation. To Middle Earth. Yes, the third installment of Peter Jackson’s The Hobbit is coming out in 2014 and, accordingly, tour companies will be offering all sorts of lavish trips to stunning movie locations, from Rotorua to the Waitomo Glowworm Caves. Also, New Zealand’s wine industry continues on its meteoric rise – follow the newly updated New Zealand Wine Trail from Marlborough to Hawkes Bay, and sample tangy whites and rich reds along the way. Not to be missed is the Otahuna Lodge, located next to an ancient volcano and considered to be the largest historic residence in the entire country. Now a luxury hotel, it’s your base for exploration of the vineyards, wildlife in Kaikoura and quaint seaside village of Akaroa.