New Zealand – By Paul Bloomfield

New Zealand should come with a warning: couch potatoes need not apply. Here, you can be hiking, biking or skiing on the slopes of an active volcano in the morning, surfing, kayaking or rafting in the afternoon, then sipping a fine Sauvignon Blanc among the vines as the sun sets. It’s a land of fiords and islands, mountains and glaciers, dramatic coastlines and sweeping beaches, hot water springs and whitewater rivers. There’s also lip-smacking seafood and fascinating Maori culture, as well as glowworms, whales and much more. New Zealand is the very definition of adventure.

Language: English is spoken throughout. Maori is the official language, used (in addition to English) on many official signs.

Currency: New Zealand Dollar (NZ$). ATMs are ubiquitous and major credit cards are widely accepted.

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Paul Bloomfield is a travel writer and photographer for the likes of Lonely Planet, Wanderlust, The Telegraph, The Times and the BBC, specialising in hiking, active adventures and wildlife-watching.

Follow him on Twitter @paulbtravel

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