New Zealand largely consists of two main islands plus Stewart Island:
- The North Island where most of the country's 5 million population reside.
- The South Island that is without doubt where the best of New Zealand's magnificent scenery is to be experienced along with its small population of around 1.1 million enabling the enjoyment of the many unpopulated large open spaces of magnificent breath taking scenery. The likes of The Southern Alps and Mt.Cook, Franz Josef, Wanaka, Queenstown, Te Anau and Milford Sound to name but a few.
- Stewart Island - a small island of untouched natural beauty and well worth a visit should time allow.
When visitors are planning a holiday in New Zealand days are precious thus splitting one's time over the two islands can become a difficult decision.
As a guide when planning a visit to both islands, a split days of 1/3rd North Island to 2/3rds South Island is suggested.