South Island (the outdoor adventure island)
One popular way to see the South Island is a drive that starts at Christchurch, heads to Mt. Cook, down to Queenstown, over to Fiordlands National Park, up through Westland National Park, and crossing to the North Island using the ferry from Picton to Wellington. Be sure to include Milford Sound, Te Anau, Fox Glacier/Franz Joseph Glacier, Akaroa, Mt Cook, whale watching.
North Island (the economic and political island with unique Maori culture)
Experience the geothermal parks of Rotorua, go sky diving at Lake Taupo, stay and play in the ‘city of sails’ – Auckland, enjoy the country’s capital – Wellington, see the spectacular Ninety Mile Beach, discover Waitomo glowworm caves, visit the Hobbiton movie set from Lord of the Rings and take a jet boat ride at Hukafalls.