Rangitoto Island Summit View Of Motutapu

New Zealand is a small country, similar in size to Great Britain or Japan. With a population of only four million people it’s also gloriously uncrowded. So when we say you could be walking a wild wind-swept beach on your own, or walking through native beach with not another person in sight, we mean it.

It would be a crime not to tour New Zealand once the competition of the World Masters Games is over, and in April you might well experience the best the country has to offer. April in New Zealand, the time of the Games, comes with the last heat of summer but less humidity. Temperatures are often in the early 20’s Celsius – so perfect for playing sport – and perfect for enjoying the outdoors in shorts and a tee-shirt.

Despite its small size, New Zealand is bursting with things to do. The question is, where to start. For the more adventurous, there are no shortage of adrenaline-pumping activities such as bungy-jumping and white water rafting. Or if it's a relaxing holiday you're after, hot pools, vineyards and sightseeing will keep you entertained.

Find out more about the top five recommended regions to visit before or after the World Masters Games 2017.

Our top 6: having come so far you may as well stay longer. Here’s a summary of what many visitors before have voted as their favourite places and activities.

1. Experience quality dining and world-class wines in Auckland and Wellington

2. Explore glacial valleys and alpine lakes on the West Coast

3. Encounter volcanic and geothermal landscapes in Rotorua and Ruapehu

4. Venture through untouched alpine valleys on one of New Zealand’s Great Walks

5. Discover your sense of adventure by bungy jumping or skydiving

6. Encounter whales, dolphins, rare birds and unique wildlife.

Muriwai Beach