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If you're looking for tons of excitement packed into one of the most biologically diverse, beautifully scenic places in the world, New Zealand might be your best bet.
The North Island and South Island are the primary parts of New Zealand, along with some smaller islands nearby. The relative geographic isolation affords abundant wildlife and diverse species, as well as a unique Polynesian culture.
Head outdoors and check out beautiful water, high peaks and sometimes-unearthly landscapes. New Zealand is also home to a famous Blue Penguin colony in Oamaru.
Then, spend some time looking at cities and architecture: the Skytower rising above the streets of Auckland, the gardens and squares of Christchurch, the famous beehive-shaped Parliament building in Wellington, and the corrugated-iron sheep and dog in the quirky little town of Tirau.
Have you ever been to New Zealand? Share your photos and videos, and let us know what strategies helped you make the most of your time there.