About New Zealand
New Zealand is a volcanic island country situated in the South Pacific ocean. The country is made up of two landmasses known as North Island and South Island, plus several smaller islands.
The two main island’s terrains are very mountainous and densely forested. New Zealand has a diverse and multicultural population of about 4 million.
The Queen of England, Elizabeth II is New Zealand’s head of state. The local representative in New Zealand is a Governor-General. The local cabinet of New Zealand has local executive power. Most of the New Zealand residents are of British descent and a minority of indigenous Māori (the first settlers to New Zealand), other Asians and non-Māori Polynesians. In 1769, Captain James Cook claimed New Zealand Britain.
The most commonly spoken language in New Zealand is a heavily accented English. “Kiwis” is the international moniker given to New Zealanders. Kiwi is the Maori name given to native flightless bird that adorns the country’s national emblem. Nevertheless, the island country is also known for another kiwi, the fruit. Originally called the Chinese gooseberry, New Zealand farmers and exporters creatively called the fruit the kiwi, which stuck.
The capital city of New Zealand is Wellington, found on the southern tip of the North Island. However, Auckland is the largest and most cosmopolitan city in all of New Zealand. It is better known as “the City of Sails” as it has more boat per capita than any other place in the world. Auklandis New Zealand’s most vibrant and multicultural city, and has a growing population of over 1 million. Auckland is also known for its beaches, exceptional diving, and water sports. The largest city in South island is Christchurch, known as the “Garden City”.
New Zealand’s official currency unit is the New Zealand dollar, is commonly called ’the kiwi’ as the New Zealand dollar coin features a kiwi bird on one side.
New Zealand’s remote location led to a diverse and very unique flora and fauna landscape. There are many wildlife sanctuaries, 14 national parks, three maritime parks, two world heritage areas, hundreds of nature reserves and ecological areas. In total, over 30 percent of New Zealand’s land mass is protected conservation land.
New Zealand is a prime holiday destination catering to a diverse clientele. It is a thrill seekers and adventures playground, yet most appropriate for those interested in rejuvenation and relaxation. New Zealand’s spectacularly beautiful landscape includes sandy beaches, glaciers and fiords, vast mountain chains, steaming volcanoes, sweeping coastlines, cavernous fiords, and flourishing rainforests.
New Zealand’s temperate climate makes it an ideal year-round holiday destination as there is little seasonal variation. The north of New Zealand is subtropical and the south temperate. New Zealand is a considered a well developed country with high standards of living. Its cities are consistently ranked among the worlds most desirable for living.