The same stunning fjords and snow-dusted mountains that co-starred in the Lord of the Rings
Heaven for extreme-sport fans and anglers, with thousand-foot bungee jumps and ten-pound speckled trout
A center of New World wine and cuisine, where the tasting menus rival the tasting rooms
What To Skip
Trekking in the Southern Alps without a guide or proper planning—this is wild, wooly country
What For:Active + Adventure, Family, Food + Wine, Green + Eco-Travel, Outdoors + Nature
When To Go:January, February, March, April
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