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New Zealand is identified as one of the world’s most stable and well-governed states It consists of two main landmasses—the North Island (Te Ika-a-Māui, map) and the South Island (Te Waipounamu, map)—and around 600 smaller islands. New Zealand’s capital city is Wellington, and its most populous city is Auckland.

New Zealand markets itself abroad as a “clean, green” adventure-playground (Tourism New Zealand’s main marketing slogan, “100% Pure New Zealand”, reflects this) with typical tourist destinations being nature areas such as Milford Sound (map), Abel Tasman National Park (map) and the Tongariro Alpine Crossing (map). Other high-profile destinations include the Bay of Islands (map), the Waitomo Caves (map), Aoraki / Mount Cook (map).

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To support active travel, New Zealand has numerous walking and hiking paths (often created and maintained by the DOC), some of which, like the *Milford Track, have huge international recognition. There is also a walking route the length of the country (Te Araroa Trail) and a proposed New Zealand Cycleway. (+ *Tramping in New Zealand)

There are four seasons, with summer in December–February and winter in June–August (the opposite of the northern hemisphere).

Coromandel Peninsula (map) – rugged coastline with plenty of beaches and hiking opportunities just one and a half hours from Auckland. Tongariro National Park (map) – three volcanoes, two skifields and one of the most popular hikes in the country. Westland National Park (map) – home of the Franz Josef and Fox Glaciers.

Dunedin (map) – the Edinburgh of the South, proud of its Scots heritage, Southern Albatross colony and its wonderful tramping tracks within a short drive from the central business district. Napier (map) – one of the best concentrations of Art Deco architecture in the world, famous as a wine region and close to Cape Kidnappers gannet breeding colony and wildlife sanctuary.

Queenstown (map) – adrenaline and adventure capital of the world, where you can ski, skydive, bungy jump, jet-boat and thrill yourself to your heart’s content. Rotorua (map) – famous for Māori culture and geothermal activity, including geysers, fascinating boiling mud pools and beautiful hot pools and springs.

 There is a wide range of backpacker accommodation  around these islands, including a 50-strong network of youth hostels (catering for independent travellers of any age) that are members of the Youth Hostels Association. There are also two marketing networks of independent hostels: BBH with 280+ listings and the much smaller Nomads network.

New Zealand was one of the first countries in the world after the UK to develop a dense WWoOF network. “Willing Workers on Organic Farms” pioneered the concept of travellers (“WWoOFers”) staying as volunteers on farms and receiving food and accommodation in exchange for doing a half-day of work for each night they stay.

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Public Transport.

Guide to traveling to and getting around in New Zealand.

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BUS: InterCity. New Zealand’s national coach company, with services connecting over 600 destinations nationwide. Backpacker buses – KiwiExperience Backpacker Bus and Stray Travel Bus offer bus trips around New Zealand where you can get on and off as you please after purchasing a pass.

TRAIN: Inter-city passenger services are operated by KiwiRail Scenic Journeys, with just a few popular tourist services that pass through spectacular scenery and have a running commentary, panoramic windows and an open-air viewing carriage. (The online booking site maximises overseas revenue by only showing the cheapest fares when it detects that you are accessing it from a New Zealand IP address.) >> *Rail travel in New Zealand

AIRPORT: Flight time from the Australian east coast is 3–4 hours, Southeast Asia 10–11 hours, the North American west coast 13–15 hours, and the Middle East a thrombosis-causing 17–18 hours. Auckland Airport is the primary entry point. Christchurch International Airport is the main secondary entry point.

The Journey To The Beautiful Game.

From Hobbiton™, all the way to the base of Aoraki Mt Cook, follow one young girl on a journey through some of Aotearoa New Zealand’s most beautiful destinations

⇒ video source: 100% Pure New Zealand /youtube.com/