About New Zealand
New Zealand is a spectacularly picturesque
country with its steep mountains, steaming volcanoes,
fiords, crystal clear lakes, lush rainforests, volcanic
geysers and boiling
mud. New Zealand is one of the adventure capitals
of the world offering visitors numerous activities
that will get the blood pumping and the adrenaline
In New Zealand you can try white water
rafting, jet boating, bungee jumping and down hill
snowboarding all in the one day. For those after
a more relaxing holiday you can sip wine at one of
the many local vineyards, swim with dolphins, watch
the whales migrate, or fish for trout in one of the
many pristine rivers.
There is an abundance of native
clean, sandy beaches, and a variety of unique
fauna, such as the kiwi.
Located in the south western Pacific
Ocean New Zealand comprises two large
islands the North
Island and the South
Island along with numerous smaller
islands, including Stewart Island and
the Chatham Islands.
New Zealand is also
known as Aotearoa, in Maori, which is translated
into English as "The Land
of the Long White Cloud". New Zealand is
geographically isolated, with Australia its neighbour
to the northwest across the Tasman Sea, approximately
2000 kilometres (1250 miles) away. Its closest
neighbours to the north
include New Caledonia, Fiji, and Tonga. New Zealand
compares in size to Great
or the state of Colorado in the USA. But with a small
population it one of the world's least
A range of accommodation can be
found in New Zealand including
luxury hotels, and houses, to stylish bed and breakfasts,
country farm stays and friendly backpackers
hostels. There is sure to be a choice of accommodation
to suit every budget.
If you are looking for a truly unique
holiday experience then New Zealand is the ideal
place to go. And whilst your there visit "Taumatawhakatangihangakoauauotamateapokaiwhenuakitanatahu"
which is a hill located a in the Hawke's Bay
region of the North Island. And yes you guessed it
is listed in The Guinness Book
as having the longest place name in the world.
New Zealand's separation from other
land masses approximately 100 million years ago has
allowed many ancient
plants and animals to survive and evolve. About a
quarter of the country remains forested providing
habitat for the unique creatures mainly birds including
the best known, the flightless Kiwi, along with the
also flightless Weka and the endangered
which is the world's largest parrot. The Kakapo scrambles
up into shrubs and small trees. Another unique bird,
although capable of flight, is the inquisitive
kea. The Kea is a native alpine parrot, which is
renowned for its fearlessness of humans and cheeky
personality. it can often be found in car parks at
ski resorts ripping the wiper blades of parked cars.
Why you ask? Because it can.
the flora in New Zealand occurs only in New Zealand,
because of its
long isolation from the rest of the world.
Most of the forests found in New Zealand
forest are temperate, evergreen rain forests with
an abundance of giant tree ferns. The giant kauri
tree can also be found in small pockets of forests
in on the North Island around the regions of Northland
and Coromandel. The Kauri is one of the largest trees
in the world.
In New Zealand
most of the country lies close to the
means mild temperatures, moderate rainfall, and abundant
sunshine. Its climate is dominated by the two
features, the mountains and the sea.
The far north has sub-tropical weather
during the summer, with the average maximum temperature
ranges between 20-30ºC, whilst the inland alpine
areas of the South Island can be as cold as —10°C
In summer, the average maximum temperature
ranges between 20-30ºC and in winter between
10-15ºC, however, the weather in New Zealand
can change unexpectedly as cold fronts or tropical
cyclones blow in quickly.
The seasons are:
Summer starting in December and finishing in February.
Autumn starting in March and finishing in May.
Winter starting in June and finishing in August
Spring starting in September and finishing in November
Zealand’s average rainfall is high, between
640mm and 1500mm, and evenly spread throughout
the year. This high rainfall produces
stunning rainforests and
an ideal place for farming.
Getting to New Zealand
The majority of visitors
arrive in New Zealand by air and consequently there
are seven international airports: Auckland,
Hamilton, Palmerston North, Queenstown and Wellington.
Cruise ships visit New
Zealand, but there are no regular passenger ship
services so this is
not any easy method of travel to New Zealand
Although New Zealand is fairly compact, flying is
a great way to get around and provides some excellent
views of the mountains and volcanoes.
New Zealand has an extensive bus network, offering
daily services on
Car travel is an ideal way to see the scenic countryside
of New Zealand. The
and the distances short. Rentals of cars, motorcycles
and campervans are all popular methods of getting
There are very few train routes these days, although
the trains that do run offer a reasonably fast
Frequent ferry services operate between the North
and South Islands.
For more information about New Zealand
visit the official New Zealand Tourism
web site www.newzealand.com/
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