It's home to both the northern royal albatross and the world's tiniest penguins.
It produces some of the world's great outdoor experiences.
And CNNGo is heading there this month.
"There" means south to explore New Zealand's Otago Region.
Though Otago is more known as a winter destination, CNNGo's guests -- from a mountain biker to a fashion designer -- explain why summer in Otago is fast becoming popular with visitors.
Visitors can enjoy views of Queenstown while riding the Skyline Gondola to Bob?s Peak.
There, they can then choose one of 13 mountain bike trails for an adrenaline-fueled trip back down.
Skyline Queenstown, Brecon Street, Queenstown; +64 3 441 0101; Skyline Gondola, NZD$27 ($22)/Bike lift from NZD60 ($50)
A former gold mining settlement, Arrowtown has a lot of charm on its main street.
You can stop into The Fork and Tap for locally foraged cuisine.
In summer, a bag of cherries and a picnic by the river is as local as it gets.
Arrowtown, Otago, Queenstown
You don?t have to be a professional triathlete to enjoy the views at Lake Wanaka.
Runners and bikers can explore the area on a three-kilometer track along the Clutha River between the Lake Wanaka outlet and Hikuwai Reserve in Albert Town.
The path is baby stroller friendly.
Lake Wanaka Outlet Track, between Outlet Motor Camp, Lake Wanaka outlet and Hikuwai Reserve, Albert Town
Natural history is the lure on this tiny, untouched island in the middle of Lake Wanaka.
Chris Riley of Eco Wanaka tours has years of experience spotting rare creatures, including the curious buff wekas, a chicken-sized bird classified as a vulnerable species.
Eco Wanaka offers a 90-minute Lake Wanaka Cruise (NZD195/$160) and eight-hour Island Nature Walk (NZD390/$320); +64 3 443 2869
This is the place to see the northern royal albatross and its three-meter wingspan in action.
It's best to go on a windy day -- these big birds can?t take off without a good gust.
It?s worth staying until the sun goes down to see the blue penguin (the world's smallest) return to shore after a day fishing in the ocean.
Up to a hundred of these tiny penguins can be seen waddling on the shore daily.
Royal Albatross Centre, 1260 Harington Point Road, Queenstown; +64 3 478 0499; Albatross Classic tour costs NZD39 ($32)
Kelly McGarry -- professional mountain biker, known for executing back-flips during the Red Bull rampage.
Duncan Forsyth -- Mount Edward Winery.
Nicky Samuels -- Olympic triathlete and 2013 Xterra World Champion.
Chris Riley -- Eco Wanaka.
Simon Kaan -- artist.
Margi Robertson -- designer, Nom*d.
Kelly Lindsay -- Green Man Brewery.
"Background Noise" -- The Chills
"Boy Dust" -- Paul Winders And The Goodness
"Bubblewrap" -- Two Cartoons
"C.O" -- Paul Winders And The Goodness
"Dreams" -- Two Cartoons
"Let's Go" -- Onanon
"Paratai Drive" -- The Verlaines
"Scientific Life" -- Two Cartoons
"Take me to the railway by the sea" -- Delgirl
"Tiny Terror"s -- Two Cartoons
courtesy of DunedinMusic.com
'Happy birthday, slime. You in the club,' Weezy tells Biebs in birthday video compiled by MTV News.
By Rob Markman
<P>When it's your 18th birthday, you'll probably get well wishes from mom, dad, and, if you're lucky, your teenage crush. But when you're <a href="http://www.mtv.com/music/artist/bieber_justin/artist.jhtml">Justin Bieber</a>, you get shouts from Usher, Lil Wayne and Sean Kingston. Be jealous! </P><P> </P><P>On Thursday (March 1), the Biebs turned 18 years old, and his most famous friends hooked up with MTV News to celebrate <a href="/news/articles/1680191/justin-bieber-birthday-fan-questions.jhtml">Bieber's birthday</a>. "I hope that you are around all of your loved ones and having a good time. This is from big bro, from the heart," Usher said in a video piece compiled by MTV News for the Biebs. </P><P> </P><P><div style="background-color:#000000;width:428px;"><div style="padding:4px;"><iframe src="http://media.mtvnservices.com/mgid:uma:video:mtv.com:744682/cp~id%3D1680192%26vid%3D744682%26instance%3Dmtv%26uri%3Dmgid%3Auma%3Avideo%3Amtv.com%3A744682" width="420" height="236" frameborder="0"></iframe></div></div> </P><P> </P><P>The <i>Confessions</i> singer initially signed Justin along with his manager Scooter Braun, and he has since become a mentor to the pop star. So of course the 33-year-old Usher had to impart some b-day wisdom on his young homey. "Eighteen will give you an opportunity to do a little bit, not all, so we got a few more years before you can go all the way," he said, acknowledging the three years until JB turns 21 and is allowed to legally drink in the U.S. "Maybe I might even be able to sneak you into a club. Anyway dawg, happy birthday. I love you." </P><P> </P><P>Comedian Kevin Hart isn't buying all of Justin's birthday hype, though. "Whatever Justin Bieber is supposed to be doing at 18, he was doing at 15," he joked after sending his well wish. </P><P> </P><P>Platinum hitmakers RedFoo, B.o.B, Sean Kingston and Flo Rida all helped MTV News celebrate the occasion. Even <a href="/news/articles/1678337/justin-bieber-lil-wayne-studio-visit.jhtml">Lil Wayne, who was with Bieber</a> in the studio in February, sent a special message. "Happy Birthday, slime, the big one-eight. You in the club, slime," Weezy said, standing beside Young Money's Lil Chuckee. </P><P> </P><P>As far as birthday presents go, it's anybody's guess what his buddies will actually get Bieber. But Robin Thicke bypassed tradition and instead hit up the "Never Say Never" singer for a loan. "Send me some money, Justin. You got way too much," he said, laughing. </P><P> </P><P>But what do you get the young man who has everything? Sometimes all it takes is a few kind words. "Thank you to all the people that made the video," Bieber told MTV News. "It really brought a smile to my face." </P><P> </P><P><i>Leave your own birthday message for Justin Bieber in our comments section!</i> </P><P> </P><P><b>Happy 18th birthday, <a href="http://www.mtv.com/music/artist/bieber_justin/artist.jhtml">Justin Bieber</a>! Now that we've counted down the superstar's <a href="/news/articles/1680195/justin-bieber-18th-birthday-top-moment.jhtml">18 greatest moments</a>, stick with MTV News as we celebrate the milestone all day.</b></p>Related Videos
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First single from Trent Reznor/ Atticus Ross soundtrack is Karen O cover of Led Zeppelin song.
By Gil Kaufman
<P>You kind of can't go wrong when the soundtrack you've put together for one of the most eagerly anticipated literary adaptations in years kicks off <a href="/music/artist/yeah_yeah_yeahs/artist.jhtml">Yeah Yeah Yeahs</a> singer Karen O's take on <a href="http://www.mtv.com/music/artist/led_zeppelin/artist.jhtml">Led Zeppelin</a>'s "Immigrant Song." </P><P> </P><P></p><div class="player-placeholder right" title="The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo" id="vid:693384" width="240" height="211"></div><p> </P><P> </P><P>Fans heard the throbbing industrial take on the rock classic cooked up by former Nine Inch Nails mastermind and O when a trailer for the David Fincher-directed "Girl With the Dragon Tattoo" leaked back in May. And on Thursday, Oscar-winning industrial-rocker-turned-film composer Reznor and musical partner Atticus Ross unveiled the full track list for their "Tattoo" score album. </P><P> </P><P>The follow-up to their award-winning "The Social Network" score was a labor of love, according to a <a href="http://nin.com/?id=102677" target="_blank">post</a> Reznor put up on the NIN site on Thursday announcing the disc. "For the last fourteen months Atticus and I have been hard at work on David Fincher's 'The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo,' " he wrote about the American version of the tale of pierced and punished hacker <a href="/news/articles/1655879/rooney-mara-dragon-tattoo.jhtml">Lisbeth Salander (Rooney Mara)</a> and her muckraking journalist compatriot <a href="/news/articles/1667542/daniel-craig-rooney-mara-girl-with-the-dragon-tattoo.jhtml">Mikael Blomkvist (Daniel Craig)</a>. "We laughed, we cried, we lost our minds and in the process made some of the most beautiful and disturbing music of our careers. The result is a sprawling three-hour opus." </P><P> </P><P>The album will be released on iTunes on December 9 in two versions. Right now, you can download the Karen O song on iTunes when you pre-order the 39-track album. That download purchase will also give you a link to the <a href="/news/articles/1675297/girl-with-the-dragon-tattoo-trailer-extended.jhtml">eight-minute "Dragon Tattoo" trailer</a>, for which Reznor and Ross created a unique score. </P><P> </P><P></p><div class="player-placeholder right" title="Daniel Craig Talks 'The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo'" id="vid:674399" width="240" height="211"></div><p> </P><P> </P><P>But, if you visit the <a href="http://www.nullco.com/GDT/usd.php" target="_blank">NIN online store</a>, Reznor is offering the soundtrack in a variety of forms, from a free six-track sampler to a deluxe 3,000-piece limited-edition signed $300 package with your choice of MP3 formats; the full album on six pieces of 180 gram vinyl; a deluxe book package with a metal cover; an exclusive custom 8 GB metal razor blade USB drive pendant containing the full album; and a fold-out poster. </P><P> </P><P>The full album score track list is as follows: <br> </P><P><b>»</b> "Immigrant Song" (Led Zeppelin cover) [ft. Karen O]<br> </P><P><b>»</b> "She Reminds Me of You"<br> </P><P><b>»</b> "People Lie All the Time"<br> </P><P><b>»</b> "Pinned and Mounted"<br> </P><P><b>»</b> "Perihelion"<br> </P><P><b>»</b> "What If We Could?"<br> </P><P><b>»</b> "With the Flies"<br> </P><P><b>»</b> "Hidden in Snow"<br> </P><P><b>»</b> "A Thousand Details"<br> </P><P><b>»</b> "One Particular Moment"<br> </P><P><b>»</b> "I Can't Take It Anymore"<br> </P><P><b>»</b> "How Brittle the Bones"<br> </P><P><b>»</b> "Please Take Your Hand Away"<br> </P><P><b>»</b> "Cut Into Pieces"<br> </P><P><b>»</b> "The Splinter"<br> </P><P><b>»</b> "An Itch"<br> </P><P><b>»</b> "Hypomania"<br> </P><P><b>»</b> "Under the Midnight Sun"<br> </P><P><b>»</b> "Aphelion"<br> </P><P><b>»</b> "You're Here"<br> </P><P><b>»</b> "The Same as the Others"<br> </P><P><b>»</b> "A Pause for Reflection"<br> </P><P><b>»</b> "While Waiting"<br> </P><P><b>»</b> "The Seconds Drag"<br> </P><P><b>»</b> "Later Into the Night"<br> </P><P><b>»</b> "Parallel Timeline With Alternate Outcome"<br> </P><P><b>»</b> "Another Way of Caring"<br> </P><P><b>»</b> "A Viable Construct"<br> </P><P><b>»</b> "Revealed in the Thaw"<br> </P><P><b>»</b> "Millennia"<br> </P><P><b>»</b> "We Could Wait Forever"<br> </P><P><b>»</b> "Oraculum"<br> </P><P><b>»</b> "Great Bird of Prey"<br> </P><P><b>»</b> "The Heretics"<br> </P><P><b>»</b> "A Pair of Doves"<br> </P><P><b>»</b> "Infiltrator"<br> </P><P><b>»</b> "The Sound of Forgetting"<br> </P><P><b>»</b> "Of Secrets"<br> </P><P><b>»</b> "Is Your Love Strong Enough?" (Bryan Ferry cover) </P><P> </P><P><b>Check out everything we've got on <a href="http://www.mtv.com/movies/movie/456914/moviemain.jhtml">"The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo."</a> </P><P> </P><P>For breaking news, celebrity columns, humor and more — updated around the clock — visit <a href="http://moviesblog.mtv.com/">MTVMoviesBlog.com</a>.</b></p>Related Artists