New Zealand is pristine. A $1000 fine (maybe?) for public littering helps keep it that way. Over the years, New Zealand has quietly become a hotspot for the adventurous traveler of all ages. The vast range of outdoor activities, from canyoning and caving to heli-skiing and bungee jumping, are anchored in natural surroundings that not even a postcard photo could do justice.
New Zealand has a proud cultural heritage. A large part of the country’s population, known as Kiwis, descend from the island’s historical ancestors, the Maorians. The country also holds a reputation for being home to the world’s best rugby players, the New Zealand All Blacks. These rugby stars are often celebrated as gods. Here, rugby is taken quite seriously. Be warned, you should always cheer for the local team when a match is being played, or else be prepared to face the consequences.
After becoming trained by Austrian experts, you can look forward to a season in a country long considered to offer some of the finest skiing in the southern hemisphere. On the South Island lies the Southern Alps, home to three main ski areas, alpine peaks, and world-class ski schools. Equally important, the snow culture in New Zealand is massive – not only are there cosy and picturesque alpine villages, but also entire metropolises like Queenstown, which are obsessed with skiing.
Because of the reversed seasonality, the ski season in New Zealand takes place over the summer. The opportunity to ski during the summer months is found in only a few other places, including in South Africa, Australia and Argentina. With a season from June to September, NZ makes it possible only to have your skis packed a single day per year: namely, the day you fly back home.