New Zealand’s dazzling landscapes are made even more alluring because so few people are around to make them feel crowded. With only 4.6 million people inhabiting islands that cover the same space as the UK, its North and South Islands are a traveler’s dream. Everything is geared up for visitors, from plush campsites to perfect roads. Highlights include a trek along one of its nine Great Walks, from the otherworldly Kepler Track to the volcanic Tongariro Northern Circuit. Or learning about the country’s Maori past. Then there’s exploring Auckland, Christchurch and Wellington, cities that have a wonderful small-town charm.
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