+ THE LAND OF NATURE AND VINYARDS
New Zealand (or Aotearoa – land of the long white cloud), truly is one of the most picturesque and photogenic places on earth. A small island nation of just over 4.5 million people, New Zealand is made up of two major land masses (North Island and South Island) and a number of smaller islands including Stewart Island located in the southwestern Pacific Ocean. The two main islands are divided by a 22km stretch of water called the Cook Strait.
New Zealand is located approximately 1,500km east of Australia and about 1,000km from the Pacific Islands. Due to its relative remoteness and being water locked, New Zealand was one of the last countries to be found and settled.
The country is made up of some of the worlds most spectacular landscapes, from vast mountain ranges, steaming volcanoes to sweeping coastlines. It is a natural playground for thrill seekers and adventurers and those who simply want to visit for the culture and landscapes.
New Zealand's friendly and down-to-earth people will be one of the things you treasure most about your visit.
New Zealand is jam-packed with things to do! The hardest part of planning your holiday will be deciding which to do first!
Exploring New Zealand's magnificent landscape and coastline tops the list for many. If adventure is your game, there's a long list of thrilling activities to get your blood racing. Or if it's a relaxing holiday you're after, hot pools, vineyards and cultural attractions will keep you entertained.
That’s just a few of the things to do in New Zealand. Better start making that list.
Kiwis love the great outdoors
For the same reason that many visitors come to New Zealand, Kiwis have developed a passion for the outdoors and delight in activities that make the most of the spectacular landscape.
Hiking, camping, fishing, bush and beach walks are popular outdoor pursuits. The more intrepid take to the mountains; following in the footsteps of perhaps the most adventurous Kiwi, Sir Edmund Hillary, who conquered Mount Everest, the world’s highest mountain, in 1953.
Step into the world of Hobbit holes you witnessed in The Lord of the Rings and Hobbit films
There’s no better way to click into holiday mode than to soak in a naturally-heated thermal pool or indulge in a relaxing therapeutic treatment.
New Zealand is located where two tectonic plates of the earth’s crust meet. This causes a large amount of geothermal activity, allowing warm water to bubble up through the earth’s crust to form hot pools. These pools often contain minerals dissolved from the rocks they seeped through.
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