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How to Do New Zealand’s North and South Islands in Two Weeks

New Zealand's Islands
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Yes, New Zealand deserves months to fully explore. But since most of us only get a few weeks of vacation time, here’s how to maximize your stay while making it a trip to remember. Follow this sample itinerary for a true taste of the kiwi life. (Fair warning: It will probably leave you planning a return trip!)

Editor’s Note: This article is part of our New Zealand Travel Guide, which also includes information about when to visit New Zealandwhat to eat in New ZealandThe Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit filming locations in New Zealand, and unique adventure activities in New Zealand.

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