New Zealand may be small but it really packs in the sights, so allow at least 3 weeks to see it all.
Drive sweeping beaches, slide down vast sand dunes and visit the quaint harbours of the winterless north.
Don't let the bad-egg smell put you off this geothermal wonderland of geysers and boiling mud pools where haka, dance and an earth-steamed hangi dinner showcase Maori culture.
The small-scale Art Deco architecture provides the backdrop to Hawke's Bay's fine food and some of New Zealand's best red wines.
The capital is New Zealand's most beguiling city, with a walkable heart of museums, cafés and lively bars elegantly strung around a picturesque harbour.
5 Nelson and Golden Bay
Golden beaches, hippy markets and the coastal pleasures of the Abel Tasman National Park make this the most blissed-out corner of the country.
6 The West Coast
Native bush and precipitous glacier plunge steeply to the crashing surf along this wild and fabulously scenic coast.
7 Aoraki/Mount Cook
New Zealand's highest peak stands as snowy sentinel over the impossibly blue lakes and golden grasses of the Mackenzie Country.
Don't miss the fabulous mountain scenery, incredible concentration of adventure activities, great hikes and some of the South Island's best restaurants and bars.
Cruise, kayak or even dive the waters of Milford and Doubtful Sounds in between multi-day tramps along the Kepler Track or the exalted Milford Track.