Divided into North island and South Island, New Zealand offers vibrant cities, dramatic coastlines and movie-worthy backdrops. Known as Aotearoa – or land of the long white cloud in Maori – it is a picturesque and friendly small-island nation divided by a 22km stretch of water called the Cook Strait.
The North Island and its Auckland capital is home to the majority of New Zealand’s population and marks the gateway to the islands rich culture and countless natural landmarks including the Bay of Islands, Hawkes Bay and Rotarua.
The South Island is home to the countries most dramatic landscapes – jagged coastlines, glaciers, fjords, rainforests and vineyards. Home to some of the world’s most iconic (and expensive) Sauvignon Blancs, Marlborough is a wine lovers paradise. Mountainous backdrops, rolling vineyards and a host of both vinous and gastronomical places to visit. You’ll also find, Christchurch, the country’s capital and year-round whale and dolphin populations.