It’s the world’s best country (again) according to Telegraph Travel readers. They’re quite good at Rugby, and Charles and Camilla are big fans, but there are many more reasons to start planning a trip to New Zealand. Check out the stunning slideshow of images and reasons why New Zealand is a contender for the most beautiful and liveable country. We think it could be a much longer list!

1. “The landscapes make you want to applaud”

First and most importantly, it looks amazing. Douglas Adams, the author of Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy, probably sums up its appeal best in his book, Last Chance to See. “Fjordland, a vast tract of mountainous terrain that occupies the south-west corner of South Island New Zealand, is one of the most astounding pieces of land anywhere on God’s earth, and one’s first impulse, standing on a cliff top surveying it all, is simply to burst into spontaneous applause. It is magnificent.”

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