The best way to learn about New Zealand is to come visit! New Zealand is an independent island nation in the South Pacific with a population of only 4.4 million people in a relatively compact area divided into two main islands (simply named the North Island and South Island), tiny Stewart Island to the far south and numerous even smaller islands scattered throughout. Three quarters of the population reside on the North Island, which leaves vast tracts of unspoiled wilderness occasionally interspersed with charming and sparsely populated towns on the South Island for the rest of us lucky Kiwis to share with intrepid visitors.
About two-thirds of the South Island is made up of mountains so if you’re like me and your idea of a stunning view is mountains, catch the first flight out of Auckland (where most international flights land) and head straight down to Queenstown near the bottom of the South Island.
Check out the other must-see destinations for hiking on the South Island.