New Zealand, the only place in the world where you can travel thousands of miles and still feel right at home. It's a place where the people treat you like friends and the landscape welcomes you with open arms. Covering an area about the same size as the United Kingdom or the state of Colorado, New Zealand's landscape offers the best of all worlds. With fjords, glaciers, geysers, subtropical rain forests, surf beaches, trout streams, forest-rimmed lakes, alpine meadows and 200 mountain peaks that rise more than 2,500 meters (8,200 feet), this magical country has exhilarating possibilities. New Zealand is divided into two main islands, the North Island and the South Island. The South Island offers some of New Zealand's best "extreme" sports. If you're an "adrenaline junkie" try bungee-jumping 229 feet off a suspension bridge over the Shotover River. The North Island is host to the undeniably best travel spot Taupo, New Zealand. Even though Taupo is now the country's second fastest growing town, the region has managed to stay refreshingly natural. Lake Taupo, created by an eruption so big the sun went hazy in China, is a fly-fisherman's heaven on earth. Fill your lungs with some of the freshest air, drop a line in the crystal clear water clean enough to drink and wait for a trout to come along. Over 100 years ago, the first trout were released in New Zealand. Today, avid fishermen from around the world flock to Taupo to fish for "rainbows" and "browns" so big the locals reckon the lake level drops every time a fish is caught. The adventures
thatTaupo has to offer are endless! Catch a gleaming 8-pound brown (the record is 17.6lbs!) on beautiful Lake Taupo and within minutes be snow boarding down a live volcano. Such strong, fresh contrasts are what make Taupo a prime destination. At the southern end of Taupo is one of the world's most impressive parks, Tongariro National Park. It is one of only 20 places in the world to have been awarded dual World Heritage status as both a natural and cultural icon. After a hard day of enjoying the spectacular views Taupo has to offer, take a chairlift 2000 meters up the Whakapapa ski area for a meal at New Zealand's highest restaurant. Enjoy delectable meals and tasty beverages, but one thing you won't find on the menu is trout. Trout are not farmed or harvested here. The region is one of the last true wild trout fisheries left in the world, so if you want a trout, you have to catch one first!