New Zealand is iconic. It claims to be the earth’s youngest country (last inhabited) and appeals to travellers by offering a density of destinations and diversity within a compact area. Spectacular scenery has made it the dramatic setting for Lord of the Rings, The Hobbit, King Kong (2005), The Chronicles of Narnia and Xena: Warrior Princess. With a wealth of lakes, rivers and coasts, it was a pleasant but challenging task to narrow the choice for our New Zealand rowing tour. There are so many beautiful possibilities in this country known for beautiful landscapes, outdoor lifestyle, Maori culture, friendly people and wonderful wines. For a comparatively small place, distances can seem substantial, so we offer a concentrated dose of rowing and touring in the Southern Alps and Otago regions of the South Island.  Over a wonderful week, we explore some of the best that New Zealand has to offer, rowing and otherwise.