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One of the last landmasses to be inhabited by humans, New Zealand still remains relatively thinly populated.

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A former British colony, the island nation also identifies strongly with its indigenous Maori population, which now makes up approximately 15% of the population.

Known for its diverse natural features, New Zealand's climate ranges from sub-tropical on the North Island, where you can sample the country's famous wines in Wellington, to temperate on the South Island, home of some of the best walking tracks on the planet.

For ground-level inspiration for your next trip to New Zealand -- wherever you go -- browse the compilation of articles and photo essays below. Here, you can learn about Zorbing in Rotorua, what it means when a stranger tells you that "Bob's your uncle," and why you should skip skydiving in Auckland.

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Videos From New Zealand

Magic Spot: The Tongariro Alpine Crossing in New Zealand

Magic Spot: Queenstown's super-fun Skyline Luge Racetrack

Magic Spot: New Zealand's White Island (Whakaari)

Magic Spot: New Zealand's Rere Rockslide

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20 years later, here is how “The Lord of the Rings” has changed New Zealand

The 7 top stargazing locations in New Zealand

Bury your 2020 woes in New Zealand’s Forest of Hope

What New Zealand did right, and what we can still learn from them

Queenstown is just as good a place to relax as it is for adventure sports

New Zealand’s Routeburn Track is the perfect three-day Great Walk

Where to find New Zealand’s most heavenly, and often empty, beaches

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