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New Zealand's Outdoor Playground

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outdoors + nature,
beach + island,
diving + snorkeling,
hiking + trekking

New Zeland, the home of the first commercial bungee jump, offers a wealth of adventure. From paragliding to glacier hiking, you can do it all in this outdoor playground.


Bungee Jumping + Paragliding
See + Do Bungee Jumping + Paragliding, New Zealand's South Island

Queenstown isn't known as the Adrenaline Capital of New Zealand for nothing. This village-turned–hot spot, which sits at the edge of mountain-surrounded... more

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See + Do Kayaking + Sailing, New Zealand's South Island

The clear, jade-green waters of Abel Tasman National Park, near Nelson on the island's northern coast, are so gorgeous that Tourism New Zealand built a major... more

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Eating Herzog Winery & Restaurant, New Zealand's South Island

Widely considered the best restaurant in New Zealand, Herzog sits among the rolling vineyards of Blenheim, on the northeast coast just south of the Marlborough... more

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Great Walks
See + Do Great Walks, New Zealand's South Island

The South Island has six multi-day Great Walks, all maintained by the Department of Conservation. They range from the remote and challenging 22-mile Rakiura... more

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Eating The Bunker, New Zealand's South Island

The best place to eat in Queenstown is also one of the hardest to find: This tiny, six-table establishment is hidden, speakeasy-style, down a side lane off Camp... more

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Volcanic Wonders
See + Do Volcanic Wonders, New Zealand's North Island

Although roughly a third of the North Island rests upon a geothermal hotbed, known as the Volcanic Plateau, its most active part stretches between the central... more

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Nightlife North Island Nightlife, New Zealand's North Island

New Zealand has a pub-culture tradition, so even the smallest North Island towns have at least one watering hole. But for dancing, live music, and sophisticated... more

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Eating Citron, New Zealand's North Island

It's won every culinary award in the country—and this dinky 30-seat dollhouse is still the best restaurant in the North Island's "Windy City." Here,... more

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