The two islands of New Zealand are both spectacular in very different ways. The North Island is home to most of the population; its cosmopolitan cities and green, rolling hills offer a wealth of activities for your New Zealand holiday. The South Island is starker, more mountainous and more rugged. The sparse population is spread out in small towns on the coast and around the vast lakes of the Southern Alps. This breathtaking country has achieved a new level of fame in recent years, with high-profile films such as the Lord of the Rings shot in its diverse landscapes.