Although relatively small and thinly populated, New Zealand’s two narrow islands contain breathtaking coastal and mountain scenery. Sophisticated lodges continue to open, adding to a list that now encompasses some of the finest hideaways in the world. New Zealand is peaceful, hospitable and seems blessedly detached from the planet’s woes. This is arguably the world’s best place in which to fly-fish, with streams and lakes overflowing with magnificent brown and rainbow trout. Roads are well-maintained and clearly signed, and driving is the best way to encounter the spellbinding landscapes that are central to the New Zealand experience. Our recommended properties are spread throughout the country. In many cases, they are within comfortable driving distance of one another. A leisurely motoring itinerary would ideally be of three weeks’ duration.