Put New Zealand on your family vacation bucket list - Family Traveller (USA)

New Zealand recently ranked top in the Bloomberg Covid Resilience Rankings for the third month in a row, a perfect excuse to take a look at what else is extraordinary about the country they call the Land of the Long White Cloud. And from pristine beaches to ancient rain forests, glaciers and bubbling mud — plus kiwis, penguins and a whole lot of sheep — New Zealand is a place where extraordinary seems to come as naturally as breathing:

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Travel to the Shire with a tour of the Hobbiton Movie Set in Matamata to experience the magic of the Lord of the Rings and Hobbit films. Families can meander along pathways on the emerald green hillside to visit 44 miniature Hobbit holes — complete with round wooden doors, tiny mailboxes and flower-filled front gardens — or relax in the cozy, thatch-roofed Green Dragon Inn, where you can hoist a tankard of Southfarthing ale, cider or nonalcoholic ginger beer for a real Middle Earth moment, only in New Zealand.