For whale and dolphin watching, head for Kaikoura on the east coast.Queenstown is the place for extreme sports like bungy jumping and white-water rafting.The Bay of Islands, in the extreme north of North Island, is magical for boating and sea fishing.
Where to go and what to see in North Island: The North Island is where Māori culture is most visible, and if you visit Rotorua, 230km (130 miles) south of Auckland, you can combine an introduction to the indigenous people with an experience of the geothermal activity of hot mud pools and geysers at Whakarewarewa village.
New Zealand lies in the south-west Pacific Ocean, 1,600 km east of Australia.
It is made up of the North and South Islands and a number of smaller islands, with a total land area of 268,000 sq km New Zealand is the most geographically isolated of all countries.
The South Island is the largest land mass, and is divided along its length by the Southern Alps.
The dramatic and varied landscape of New Zealand has made it a popular location for the production of television programmes and films, including the Lord of the Rings trilogy.