Whether it's travelling in summer or winter, New Zealand always delivers.

With a population of around 4 million, this small country has many visitors falling head of heels in love within just a few days of arriving.
We are putting New Zealand at the top of our list for must visit places to travel to in 2017, and here's 11 reasons why.

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1. THE MAORI CULTURE IS A MASSIVE PART OF MODERN NEW ZEALAND. THE KIWIS ARE INCREDIBLY PROUD OF THE LANGUAGE, CULTURE AND TRADITIONS.
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2. YOU CAN SWIM WITH WILD DOLPHINS. IN BOTH THE BAY OF ISLANDS AND KAIKOURA.
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3. NO PART OF THE COUNTRY IS MORE THAN 128KM FROM THE SEA.
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4. IT DOESNT TAKE LONG TO EXPLORE BOTH THE NORTH AND SOUTH ISLAND OF NEW ZEALAND. YOU CAN TRAVEL AROUND IN JUST 3 OR 4 WEEKS.
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5. YOU CAN SPOT SO MUCH NATIVE WILDLIFE WHILE ON A ROAD TRIP. FROM THE KIWI BIRD TO THE KEA PARROT, THERE ARE SO MANY UNIQUE BIRDS IN NEW ZEALAND TO LOOK OUT FOR.
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6. YOU CAN SEE SO MANY FILM LOCATIONS USED IN LORD OF THE RINGS AND THE HOBBIT RIGHT OUTSIDE YOUR WINDOW, EVERY SINGLE DAY.
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7. WAIHEKE ISLAND IS ON THE TOP 10 REGIONS TO VISIT BY THE LONELY PLANET IN 2016. JUST 35KM OFF THE COAST OF AUCKLAND, THE ISLAND HAS 30 WINERIES AND IS A GREAT DAY TRIP.
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8. YOU CAN VISIT QUEENSTOWN, THE ADVENTURE CAPITAL OF NEW ZEALAND FOR LOTS OF FUN!
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9. YOU CAN SIT IN A NATURAL HOT POOL AND WATCH THE NIGHT SKY.
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10. THERE'S NO POISONOUS SNAKES, SO THAT MAKES A CHANGE FROM A VISIT TO AUSTRALIA.
11. IT HAS SUCH A DIVERSE LANDSCAPE ACTIVE VOLCANOES, ROLLING HILLSIDES, STUNNING BEACHES, GEYSERS AND FANTASTIC WINE REGIONS.

Tours to get you there



Guided jet boat ride along Shotover River

Shotover Jet

The World’s Most Exciting Jet Boat Ride and the only company permitted to operate in the spectacular Shotover River Canyons.
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Stay at award-winning conservation stop Whakahoro for wild, wilderness activities!

The Jill Pass

Want to concentrate on the North Island? The "Jill" is for you – whether you have 2 weeks or 12 months, she includes our full North Island travel network.
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Scenic Tour and Jet Boat

Journey into a land of outstanding natural beauty rich in gold mining history and experience an exclusive tour or Winky’s Museum and the Sainsbury Gold Claim plus the jet boat ride.
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