- New Zealand population 5. What to do in New Zealand
- Getting to New Zealand 6. Geography of New Zealand
- New Zealand climate 7. New Zealand traditions
- Some facts from history 8. Education in New Zealand
A. New Zealand is made up of three main islands as well as many other smaller islands. The main islands of New Zealand are, as their names suggest, the North and South Islands. Stewart Island is the third, much smaller island, located at the far bottom of the South Island. The South Island is larger than the North, however it is less densely populated. Here you will find vast alpine ranges, wide flat plains and cascading glaciers. Christchurch is the largest city in the South Island.
B. The islands of New Zealand lie between 37 and 47 degrees south of the Tropic of Capricorn, in the Southern Hemisphere of the world. New Zealand enjoys a moderate, maritime weather and temperatures. The North Island is warmer than the South Island, with sub-tropical weather in the far north of the North Island. The warmest months in New Zealand are December, January and February (summer), and the coldest are June, July and August (winter).
C. New Zealand has an unlimited range of tourist attractions and activities, located throughout the country. Whether you are looking for adrenaline-pumping adventure, or a relaxing game of golf, there is an activity or attraction to suit everyone’s tastes, age, culture and budget. Attractions and activities in New Zealand include bungy jumping, sky diving, glacial hiking, horse trekking, health and beauty relaxation treatments, scenic flights, fishing and so much more.
D. The Maori are believed to be the native people of New Zealand, immigrating here from Polynesia on canoes around 800 AD. These Polynesian people settled in New Zealand and became known as the Maori. They formed their own unique culture, language and traditions. Land wars broke out with the arrival of the European settlers. In 1840, several Maori Chiefs signed the Treaty of Waitangi which gave the British monarchy control over parts of New Zealand.
E. New Zealand has a reputation as a provider of excellent study opportunities and support services in a safe learning environment. It is fast becoming a popular choice for international students. Academic, profession and vocation studies are offered at universities, polytechnics, colleges, secondary schools and private training establishments. A number of English Language Institutes and private English Language Schools are also throughout the country.
F. For many tourists travelling to New Zealand will include a long haul flight and at least 1 stop en-route. Depending on the length of your flight you can either split the journey up and include a “stop over” staying one night or more in another country on the way or just travel straight through only stopping for a few hours at an airport before departing again. The choice of “stop over” countries will depend on what country you are travelling from and the company you are flying with.
G. While the land masses of the North Island and South Island are similar, approximately two thirds of the country’s people live in the North Island and the remainder in the South Island. The majority of New Zealand’s inhabitants is of European decent while Auckland, the largest city in New Zealand, is the most ethnically diverse in the country and has the largest number of Polynesians of any city in the world.