Rarotonga, Cook Islands, New Zealand
Rarotonga is not a made-up Neverland but the smallest of the Cook Islands in the South Pacific. With a turquoise lagoon that circles the island and steep, craggy ridges covered in green making up the center area, the island is actually the top 2,000 feet of a 13,000-foot volcano. Local islanders grow taro on the relatively quiet and untouristed dot in the ocean. As one walks or drives into the interior of the island, the climate changes from island coastal to a mountain rainforest, filled with flora such as ascarina (kaiatea ko'u), the glossy tongue fern, and the Rarotongan freycinetia (kiekie).