Visit New Zealand

New Zealand is situated in the South Pacific ocean, between latitude 34’S and 47’S. The country runs roughly north-south with mountain ranges down much of its length. There are two main islands, the North Island and the South Island, with a third smaller island in the south, Stewart Island.

New Zealand’s position atop the grinding plates of the Pacific Rim of Fire has resulted in a unique landscape and an unrivalled variety of landforms. In a couple of day’s drive, you can see everything from snow-topped mountain ranges to sandy beaches, lush rainforests, glaciers and fiords, and active volcanoes. These environments lend themselves to many outdoor pursuits such as skiing, diving, hiking, kayaking, horse riding and sailing.

New Zealand is an uncrowded country. It has a diverse multi-cultural population of just 4 million people and a rich history. Maori were New Zealand’s first settlers, arriving here about 1,000 years ago. It was first discovered by Europeans in 1642 but it wasn’t until 1769 that it was colonised and claimed by Britain. In 1840, the Treaty of Waitangi was signed, establishing the country as a nation.

Things to do 

On any trip to any country you’ll have a list, the things that you can do, the things that you’d like to do, and the things that you absolutely must do. Time to make a list.

Go hiking. New Zealand is a country of spectacular and diverse beauty. You can walk through rainforest, along golden-sand beaches, at the foot of mountains and up mountains. You can walk for half an hour, half a day or for days at a time.

Go kayaking. Paddle the dark waters of an ancient fiord or the sun-filled calmness of a South Island Sound. Lift your adrenalin with a whitewater rush or lift your soul with a pod of dolphins.

Go scuba diving. See the world of beauty and wildlife underwater that is so different but no less spectacular than the world above the water. Dive the Poor Knights, one of the world’s best dives. Dive with dolphins. Or just dive for dinner.

Go bungy jumping. It’s New Zealand. You have to try bungy jumping.

And if you don’t do anything else, take a flight and look down on this marvellous incredible land. And think of all the things you must do down there.

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