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New Zealand is a haven of quiet beauty and also a paradise for thrill seekers. Some of the more inventive local activities include wind-powered go-karting and Zorbing – rolling down hills in inflatable spheres. The North Island features the lively capital, Wellington. There's also the spectacular harbour city of Auckland, the vineyards around Marlborough and the extraordinary geothermal sights of Rotorua. The South Island offers glaciers, rainforest and thermal pools in the Mount Cook National Park. Go to the tranquil fjords at Te Anau or visit the penguin colonies at Dunedin. Some of the country's best skiing (and bungee jumping) takes place around Queenstown. New Zealand's hostels offer a choice of accommodation ranging from city centres to locations tucked well off the beaten track. So what are you waiting for? New Zealand offers the chance to go diving with dolphins, take a whale watching trip and amble down long, deserted beaches. If that's not enough - ski from July to October, visit volcanoes, soak in hot springs and drink some of the New World's best wine.