Think New Zealand and the first image that comes to mind is of ice covered mountainous ranges, crystal clear streams and greenest land filled with grazing sheep. But this is where most people are wrong. New Zealand is a country of many shades and hues. Yes, there are all the scenic beauties mentioned above, but there are also plenty of other activities that you can take part in.

If you have decided to travel to or around New Zealand, then the very first thing that you need to decide is what exactly it is that you want to explore. Do you want to take in the natural sites with their majestic views, or would you want to try and explore the country on foot? Maybe your idea of fun is extreme sports like skiing, snorkelling, bungee jumping and sky diving. Or you could be a foodie looking for exotic food that is associated with New Zealand.

All of this would depend on the kind of budget you are on. Rest assured, there is something for everyone, no matter how low or high end entertainment you seek. Perhaps the greatest thing about this country are its people who are willing to become guides, even without money incentive. If you get lost or are unable to decide what to do in order to fully experience New Zealand, simply ask the locals and they will guide you about stopovers like no other.

The best way to get started is by making a list of all that you want to enjoy and then start going from one activity to the other. Since there will be too much to do and you could lose quite a few days being overwhelmed, it is best to have a list ready well in advance.

Remember, you can start overspending pretty fast, so sticking to your budget is must.