One of the hottest “new” destinations for Canadians is New Zealand. And with their summer just around the corner (don’t forget they are on the opposite schedule from us, so January and February are the peak of summer there), now may be a great time to look into a vacation to this welcoming, wee country!
New Zealand’s South Island is ideal for the active traveller. You’ll see that Kiwis (as the locals are nicknamed) are big fans of outdoor experiences too. NZ is of course the cradle of bungee jumping, but there’s tons of activities even if you want something a little less of an adrenaline jolt. Hiking, walking (“tramping” the locals call it) and both freshwater and ocean kayaking are all hugely popular here. A stunning and unforgettable outing is a helicopter ride to the top of the Franz Josef Glacier. Or for a more gentle and gracious way to experience the South Island, hop on the TranzAlpine train which spans the island from west to east. Just don’t forget to wave to the sheep!