Words fail you when trying to describe New Zealand's beauty – which is inconvenient when you're trying to write an introduction to it. But seriously, the island nation has all the makings of a world-class destination: soaring mountainscapes, volcanic plateaus, dramatic fjords, endless forests, dazzling glaciers, and mile upon miles of stunningly sandy coastline.
So, it's little surprise it's one of the best hiking destinations on earth, especially thanks to the nine 'Great Walks' and countless other walking opps. But the walks aren't the only thing that's great about NZ: the culture is great (join a traditional Māori feast), the wine is great (have you tried one of their sauvignon blancs?) and the population is so damn small that you feel like you have the paradise all to yourself. Oh, and at the end of the day, you can put your feet up at one of the countless stunning lodges dotting the county: Helena Bay Lodge, for instance, was recently ranked the world's top luxury hotel, or try a lodge that's only accessible by helicopter if you really wanna get exclusive.
To make you even more certain that a trip there is a must, check out these 20 stunning Instagrams.