There are only very few countries as gorgeous as New Zealand, which has become home of hobbits, Orcs, Ents, iceberg, remarkable mountains to a glacier, braided river, stunning lakes, and sleep in a wondrous treehouse. Though, from Wellington on the North Island to Cook Strait, one of the most dangerous and unpredictable stretches of water in the world, to Queenstown, described as the adventure capital of the world. In other words, it’s a haven for bungee-jumpers and paragliders. But for those of us who like to breathe fresh air, rather than feel it whooshing past your ears, there are many other things to see and do. Simply, you’ll admire one of the world’s most serene landscapes from a huge bed with sheets that had a higher thread count than a spider colony. Every possum squashed on the road is one less that’s eating the indigenous birds and vegetation, the national bird, the kiwi, is most at risk, since it’s a daft sort of animal with enormous nostrils, no sensible flight options and a penchant for building nests on the ground. Despite the fact that all of The Lord of the Rings was filmed in New Zealand, to seems to be only one kingdom – a “magical kingdom”.

An orange-coloured sunset falls on the mountain range, The Remarkables, with Lake Wakatipu and Queenstown at its base

An orange-coloured sunset falls on the mountain range, The Remarkables, with Lake Wakatipu and Queenstown at its base

Bright yellow autumn trees bring the turquoise Clutha River in Wanaka to life

Bright yellow autumn trees bring the turquoise Clutha River in Wanaka to life

Hapuku-lodge

Hapuku-lodge

Lake Tekapo is the second-largest of three roughly parallel lakes running along the northern edge of the Mackenzie Basin

Lake Tekapo is the second-largest of three roughly parallel lakes running along the northern edge of the Mackenzie Basin

Many know New Zealand as Middle Earth from Lord of the Rings, but its delights should not be limited to on screen

Many know New Zealand as Middle Earth from Lord of the Rings, but its delights should not be limited to on screen

Matheson Lake with Mount Cook reflected on surface is a spectacular sight not to be missed on a trip to the south island

Matheson Lake with Mount Cook reflected on surface is a spectacular sight not to be missed on a trip to the south island

Paragliding over Remarkables Mountain Range is an incredible way to see the snow-capped mountains and lakes from above

Paragliding over Remarkables Mountain Range is an incredible way to see the snow-capped mountains and lakes from above

Picture perfect scenery can be seen by Lake Matheson with Mount Tasman and Mount Cook in the background

Picture perfect scenery can be seen by Lake Matheson with Mount Tasman and Mount Cook in the background

See Mount Tasman and Mount Cook perfectly reflected on the Lake Matheson near Fox Glacier in New Zealand

See Mount Tasman and Mount Cook perfectly reflected on the Lake Matheson near Fox Glacier in New Zealand

Take a trip to Picton Marlborough Sounds to see the vast mountains meet the bright blue waters

Take a trip to Picton Marlborough Sounds to see the vast mountains meet the bright blue waters

The still Lake Wakatipu at Glenorchy appears to merge into the blue-hued Mount Earnslaw behind

The still Lake Wakatipu at Glenorchy appears to merge into the blue-hued Mount Earnslaw behind

The vast Fiordland National Park is the largest of the 14 national parks occupying the southwest corner of the South Island

The vast Fiordland National Park is the largest of the 14 national parks occupying the southwest corner of the South Island

the vines of the Montana Winery vineyard in Blenheim to sample the delicious offerings

the vines of the Montana Winery vineyard in Blenheim to sample the delicious offerings

A dramatic pink sunset from the shore of Lake Tekapo during dusk

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