New Zealand is an adventure sports junkie's dream. The Tolkien-worthy landscape seems tailor made for adrenaline, and the country that invented bungee jumping takes their adventure seriously. A magical landscape of wild snow-capped mountains, shining lakes, and roaring rivers serves as a giant playground filled with world-class "tramping," skiing, and rafting. When you're done, marvel at the thermal wonders of Rotorua or set out in search of whales and dolphins. While there may be more sheep than people, the friendly English-speaking Kiwis will make you wish there were more of them.