This pair of islands southeast of Australia boasts immense natural beauty. You'll journey through scenic landscapes that seem to come out of a storybook. In fact, "The Lord of the Rings" movies were filmed in some of New Zealand's stunning regions. Take in indigo lakes, swift rivers, rock-strewn mountains and powerful geysers. Swing by Mount Cook, the country's highest mountain, or cruise through Milford Sound, a marvel of blue water and glacier-carved valleys.
Get a glimpse of Maori culture in Rotorua or big-city life in Auckland. There are also experiences available for thrill-seekers. Queenstown, for example, is known for exciting activities like bungee jumping, skydiving and mountain climbing. For more relaxing pursuits in Queenstown, there are art galleries, wineries and cafes.
Some itineraries focus only on New Zealand, while others also include Australia or perhaps even Fiji.