by Alex Palmer | July 11, 2018

NEW ZEALAND

New Zealand's scenic beauty is just one facet of what this small island nation has to offer groups. Its compactness allows visitors to experience much diversity in one trip. Plus, New Zealand is one of the safest countries in the world, with a stable political climate, favorable exchange rate, easy accessibility and activities to partake in all year long.  


FOR THE WINE CONNOISSEUR
New Zealand's wines are world-renowned, and many of its vineyards feature stunning settings. Three of the country's best wine regions constitute the Classic New Zealand Wine Trail. From bike tours to chauffeur-driven cars, wineries are ready to host groups for tastings, and many have impressive vineyard restaurants as well. The Hawke's Bay is well-known for bordeaux blends, syrah and chardonnay, Martinborough boasts wonderful pinot noir and Marlborough has world-class sauvignon blanc. Another award-winning winery in the area is Gibbston Valley Winery, with the largest wine cave in New Zealand, a picturesque vineyard restaurant, a cheesery and gift shop.


FOR THE OUTDOOR ENTHUSIAST
There aren't many places in the world where you can go surfing, skiing, snowboarding, kayaking, sailing, swimming, horseback riding, skydiving and caving all on the same day. Be sure to allow time for your group to try bungee jumping, as well - AJ Hackett invented the adrenaline-pumping activity on the Kawarau Bridge in Queenstown in 1988, and for a real rush, visitors can attach themselves to a giant rubber band and take the plunge.


FOR THE CULTURE LOVER
New Zealand boasts a unique South Pacific blend of cultures and a rich range of influences, but the Maori, who came to the country a thousand years ago from a distant Polynesian archipelago are especially revered. One place to soak up Maori culture and hospitality is in Rotorua, the cultural heart of New Zealand. Groups can visit an authentic pre-European Maori village for a cultural show, and after a hangi feast, cooked in a pit oven, they can relax in the thermal hot pools.



This article appears in the Summer 2018 issue of Incentive.