Insider advice from a New Zealand resident on how to experience one of the world's most exciting ecotourism destinations! It's much more complete and in-depth than its major competition. Where to find the most thrilling adrenaline-pumping adventures, from bungy jumping to Zorbing; the best New Zealand cuisine, such as sumptuous green-lipped mussels and succulent lamb; and the best nightlife options in Auckland and Wellington. Insightful commentary on Maori cultural traditions and tourism in the wake of the devestating February 2011 Christchurch earthquake. Opinionated reviews. No bland descriptions and lukewarm recommendations. Our expert writers are passionate about their destinations--they tell it like it is in an engaging and helpful way. Exact prices listed for every establishment and activity--no other guides offer such detailed, candid reviews of hotels and restaurants. We include the very best, but also emphasize moderately priced choices for real people. User-friendly features including star ratings and special icons to point readers to great finds, excellent values, insider tips, best bets for kids, special moments, and overrated experiences.