here’s a jaw-dropping landscape around every corner in New Zealand. With its wild coastlines, mountain-ringed lakes, and cinematic Middle Earth vistas, the country is the ultimate adventure-lover’s island getaway — and a bonafide Instagram dream. For many, the journey here ventures into trip-of-a-lifetime territory, with travelers packing in as much as they can in a short amount of time. The truth is, you could spend months in New Zealand, and still leave wanting to explore more. The best time to visit New Zealand is between December and May, the country’s summer and fall seasons. Ten days allows for ample time to explore both the North and South Island, on a self-drive itinerary that lets you control the journey. Here’s how to do it.