In a country famous for its Lord of the Rings scenery and reported sheep-to-human ratio of 20:1, a holiday to New Zealand might sound like something predictable. But there is so much more to the country than lamb shank on your dinner plate and Middle Earth vistas from your hotel window (although both of those are spectacular).

For a country famous for its jaw-dropping countryside, New Zealand has its fair share of diverse and fascinating cities. Auckland is the largest by far, its draw coming from its cosmopolitan charm and multicultural flavour. Queenstown is a magnet for adventurous types from across the world. And you'll struggle to find a more beautifully located capital city than Wellington.

To get the most out of New Zealand touring is always a safe bet, whether it's part of an established coach tour or something a little smaller and exclusive. Self-drive tours are also very popular, providing you with the ultimate freedom and taking you from the densely populated top of the North Island, to the Hollywood beauty of the South.

And why go all that way without experiencing a couple of exciting stopovers on the way? Our list of exciting stopover destinations and our selection of round-the-world trips detail a few of the many options available.

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