As the planet heats up environmentally and politically, it’s good to know that New Zealand exists! This uncrowded, green, peaceful and accepting country is the ultimate escape.
Kiwi food was once a bland echo of a boiled British Sunday roast – but these days NZ chefs find inspiration in new-world culinary oceans, especially the South Pacific with its abundant seafood and encircling cuisines. You can confidently seek out some local faves: paua (abalone), kina (sea urchin) and kumara (sweet potato).
NZ's cool-climate wineries have been filling trophy cabinets for decades: taste the sublime pinot noir and sauvignon blanc, or craft beer. Coffee culture is also firmly entrenched.
Māori culture is thriving; surfing is world-class; and craft beer is incredible. New Zealand has the best of the Old and New Worlds, with a real social and environmental sensitivity: a model for a new world order, maybe…
The sublime forests, mountains, lakes, beaches and fiords have made NZ one of the best hiking destinations on earth. If you don’t feel like walking, just spend a few hours paddling a canoe or mountain biking through some easily accessible wilderness. This is a place where you can relax and enjoy your holiday.