The Constitutional Monarchy of New Zealand is located in the South Pacific, to the southeast of Australia. It maintains a population of more than 4 million, one- third of which is concentrated in Auckland. New Zealand consists of two large islands, North Island and South Island, and several much smaller islands, most notably Stewart Island and the Chatham Islands.
The Maori tribesmen are the native people, New Zealand's version of Australia's aborigines. You can experience the Maori culture at various places and through various events around New Zealand. It is home to the kiwi, as well as different types of parrots.
KNOW BEFORE YOU GO
Climate: New Zealand's climate is very diverse, it all depends on the time of year and the region. It will range from wonderfully warm sunny days in the summer to almost arctic temperatures in the winter, so check the region and the weather before you go.
Currency: New Zealand Dollar
Languages: English and Maori
Power: 230 V, 50 Hz
Time Zone: UTC + 12
With its spectacular harbor and bridge and its districts that weave their way around a variety of bays, New Zealand's largest city ranks among the best tourist destinations. It's an ideal place for swimming, water sports, and particularly yachting.
Milford Sound is sometimes known as the Eighth Natural Wonder of the World. Discover ancient forests, stunning waterfalls, and towering mountain peaks and visit the World-Heritage listed Fiordland National Park.
Franz Josef & Fox Glaciers
New Zealand's two most famous glaciers offer cascades of ice tumbling down a valley towards the sea. This really is an unforgettable sight--one you will remember for years to come.
Northland is the home of both Maori and Pakeha culture. It was here that the Europeans first made contact with the Maori and where the first whaling settlements were established.
This is a wonderful drive, so make sure to take it. You will drive past lake after lake on your way here and be inspired along the way. Once you have arrived, you will marvel at the beaches, which are deeply shelved and littered with driftwood. Here you can find the old Anglican church, nestled under Norfolk pines on a lone promontory.
This massive cone of 2,518m is a dormant volcano. It is known as the youngest of three large volcanoes, including Kaitake and Pouakai, on the same fault line. Hear the story told of the great legend Taranaki, who was once a part of the tribe of volcanoes at Tongariro, until he left in a great hurry. Tongariro caught him with the beautiful Pihanga, the volcano near Lake Taupo who was Tongariro's lover.
Bungee jumping is huge in New Zealand. Thrill seekers and adrenaline junkies come from the far reaches of the globe to jump off bridges of varying heights and locales. If you're brave enough, go for it.