New Zealand Information
New Zealand is a beautiful island country located in the Southern Hemisphere, and the World's youngest country. With brooding landscapes, cascading glaciers, sunny beaches, vibrant tourism sector, low crime rates, and high job rates, New Zealand is truly a great place to be.
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About New Zealand
Geysers at Craters of the Moon
Rotorua, New Zealand
Photographer: Kiwi Web Works
New Zealanders have a unique and dynamic culture, with European, Maori, Pacific and Asian influences.
New Zealand is composed primarily of two main Islands, the North Island and the South Island. Each island has an amazing mix of scenery that will leave you in awe.
About the North Island
Auckland City is the largest city in the North Island, however Wellington City is the Capital City. The Auckland Region has a population of approximately 1.3 million. The Wellington Region has a population of approximately 440,000.
The North Island has a great deal of geothermal activity. Spouting geysers, boiling mud pools and warm geothermal springs are all evidence of the seething power beneath the surface. Silica terraces are naturally decorated with a kaleidoscope of colours. Hike a volcano, swim in a stunning crater lake or get up close and personal with the many geysers spewing from the earth.
Lake Taupo is the largest freshwater lake by surface area in Oceania with a surface area of 616 square kilometres.
About the South Island
Lake Tekapo, New Zealand
Photographer: Kiwi Web Works
Christchurch City is the largest city in the South Island, with a population of approximately 330,000. Christchurch is known as the 'Garden City' because of its many beautiful parks, gardens and tree-lined streets.
The rugged Southern Alps line the western side of the South Island. Aoraki/Mt Cook is the highest point at 3,754 metres or 12,320 feet. Beautiful snow-capped mountains, glacial lakes and rivers, national parks and so much more are all part of the Southern Alps.
New Zealand Activities
The awesome landscapes, lush forests, amazing wildlife and pleasant climate make New Zealand a haven for many outdoor activities as well as a hub for activities in the surrounding areas. Many tourists choose to go scuba diving and snorkeling in and around New Zealand and the nearby Cook Islands. The Cook Islands are a short flight away so you can make a day trip out of it or spend a weekend.
New Zealand is home to the bungy, a thrilling experience where a bungy cord is tied to you and you leap from a bridge or other high point. Queenstown, the 'Adventure Capital of the World', has three bungy operations. The Nevis Highwire Bungy is the highest bungy in New Zealand. Leap from a pod suspended 134 metres above the rugged Nevis River, a jump not for the faint hearted!
Did you Know?
The longest place name in the world is Taumatawhakatangihangakoauauotamateapokaiwhenuakitanatahu, a hill in Hawkes Bay.