Too Much of a Good Thing?

There is more to New Zealand than Middle Earth

I love wild places. Places with incredible natural beauty and isolation. I enjoy feeling like I might be the first visitor ever to discover an off-the-beaten-path gem a place that only locals know about. To me, that’s a big part of the joy of traveling.

New Zealand is such a place. And because of movies like “Lord of the Rings,” more Americans than ever are discovering the country’s charms for themselves. There comes a point, however, when the desire for some place wild actually begins to destroy the very thing you are looking for. A native Alaskan friend once told me that when four cruise ships pull into port in one day, one after the other, his usually charming and picturesque hometown can feel more like a charge-by-the-hour motel just change the sheets and bring in the next guest.

Well, in this issue’s cover story, “Down South” (page 10), we look at a still emerging, truly unspoiled region of New Zealand. (Think more “Whale Rider” than “Lord.”) So the next time you have a client looking for adventure, you’ll know something more than the way to Middle Earth.