We read and write about New Zealand every day. Our doctors sing praises of this land of stunning scenery -
“You can drop your camera and still get a great shot there” (Bruce Lovelace IV, MD) - and we hear stories about one adrenaline rush after another. It’s no wonder, then, that others are always writing about The Youngest Country, too. Lonely Planet ranked New Zealand's Capital City of Cool, Wellington, fourth on its 2011 list of World’s Best Cities; Forbes ranked New Zealand as the fifth “Happiest Country in the World”; and Outside Magazine is "Cracking the Kiwi Code" - helping all of us plan a great adventure in New Zealand.
Believe us, the help is appreciated.
New Zealand is a small country (about the size of the state of Colorado), but it has it all - and it's all world-class. There's a mountain range called The Remarkables; tramping is like a national religion; wilderness lodges have been elevated to an art form; surfers seek the serious swells in the winter months; and you can twist for tuatuas or eat food prepared by world-renowned chefs. Adventures even come with names like Zorbing, sledging and swooping. And don’t forget, Sir Edmond Hillary learned to climb here (we don’t think it’s a coincidence that the best learning experience for climbers is on 9,951-foot Mount Aspiring).
A locum in New Zealand is part adventure and part life-changing experience (you'll soon understand why the unofficial national motto is "get amongst it"). With a little help from us and writer, Stephanie Pearson from Outside Magazine, the planning’s already under way. Happy reading.