New Zealand enthrals a traveller with its outlandish scenery, fabulous festivals, superb food & wine, and magical outdoor experiences. Equally impressive is the country's potent, mainstream Maori culture. This is a country that recognises and celebrates its indigenous people - the world is a kinder, gentler, more respectful place down here! Auckland's blend of harbour, islands, Polynesian culture and modern city environment has created a lifestyle ranked amongst the best in the world. Rotorua is one place where the turbulent forces that formed New Zealand are most evident. This city, on the Volcanic Plateau, has one of the world's most lively fields of geothermal activity. The capital city, Wellington, is also one of the most picturesque cities known for the many interesting and contemporary pieces of public sculpture around the city. Visit Kaikoura, a small coastal village that has an incredible vista; a large mountain range (the Seaward Kaikoura's) provides a dramatic backdrop to the town centre and stunning natural attractions. Christchurch is a beautiful city, where you can cycle alongside the river, indulge in fine sophisticated dining, and a city where, just 15 minutes from the centre you can scramble up mountain bike tracks or ride a wave at a surf beach. Queenstown sits on the shore of crystal clear Lake Wakatipu among dramatic ranges.