Indeed. And maybe you can see a beach elsewhere in the world - and mountains, but people come HERE to see OUR Mountains! NZ is so special because we have such varying climates and landscapes that go with them, in very short spaces of time of travel. From 30 degrees in Chch - 1 and a bit hours up to Arthurs Pass and you are in the midst of the Southern Alps. Yes, this country is bascially just scenery, but we have whales and dolphins at Kaikoura's front door, and seals right next to the road. These things make NZ special.