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    For those who love the outdoors, there?s no more enjoyable place than New Zealand. From the spectacular snow-capped peaks of the Southern Alps to the aqua waters of Abel Tasman National Park, New Zealand offers unrivalled opportunities for getting back to nature in style.

    This leisurely itinerary packs more beauty and adventure into two weeks than you can imagine anyplace else. Start your trip in Queenstown, the favorite destination of millions of active travelers. Explore Milford Sound and Fiordland, Mount Aspiring National Park, and Lake Wakatipu by boat, bike, raft, or helicopter.

    Then drive to Mt. Cook National Park where you can land a plane on the face of a glacier and then ski down it, or hike one of the park?s many trails.

    Often referred to as the "most English city outside England," Christchurch?s beautiful architecture, lovely parks, and lively arts scene make it one of the most charming places in New Zealand.

    Kaikoura offers travelers their choice of several unforgettable experiences: cruising among the Sperm Whales found off-shore year ?round, flying over them, or swimming among as many as 800 dusky dolphins.

    In Blenheim, you can tour Marlborough?s highly acclaimed wineries, including Cloudy Bay ? whose Sauvignon Blanc is the most sought after in the world ? and cruise Marlborough Sounds.

    Abel Tasman National Park is the country?s smallest. But the crystal clear waters, golden beaches, and abundant marine life have made it one of the most popular. Here, you can spend the day sea-kayaking past deserted islands and seal colonies.

    You?ll continue down to the rugged West Coast before boarding the legendary Tranz Alpine Express for the trip to Christchurch. One of the top five train trips in the world, the Tranz Alpine is simply thrilling.

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