New Zealand’s South Island is a mecca for extreme sports and outdoor adventures. But it is also a haven for laid-back wine country tours and rapturously beautiful scenery. Rudy Maxa journeys to Abel Tasman National Park, whose famous coastal trails offers hikes that can last from three to five days, and visits a local artists’ colony to get a crash course in Maori bone carving. Topping New Zealand’s list of popular destinations is Queenstown, the birthplace of bungee jumping. Rudy braves whitewater rapids on river boards, and straps himself in for the high altitude thrills of soaring over Shotover Canyon on the world’s highest giant swing.
Haleakala National Park resonates with stories of ancient and modern Hawaiian culture. The park is home to endangered species, some of which exist nowhere else on Earth. Hiking through Haleakala’s stark volcanic landscapes, sub-tropical rainforest, and backcountry will reinvigorate your spirit.Watch Now >>
Join host Jeff Wilson and PBS award-winning photographers as they embark on a Swiss Alps train adventure. The wonders of the Alps exhilarate travelers as they travel through stunning scenic routes such as the iconic Matterhorn, a 14,600-foot peak that overlooks the charming town of Zermatt, Switzerland.Watch Now >>
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Explore the string of islands that form the Palau Archipelago by kayak, and discover famous Rock Island. Encompassing over 500 islands, the Palau Archipelago offers one of the best locations for diving in the world. The sites are exceptional; magnificent underwater canyons and meandering tunnels, hollowed-out caves that complement the tropical lagoons they overlook. TheWatch Now >>