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Get ready for mammoth national parks, dynamic Māori culture, and world-class surfing. Whether you want a mellow or action-packed experience, New Zealand has it all!

The South Island is lined with exquisite mountain ranges, glaciers, and lush forestry while the North is renowned for its breath-taking coastlines, geothermal treasures, and remarkable Glow Worm caves. this is just a quick taster — you need to see the majestic landscape from up close to truly appreciate its beauty.

There aren’t many places in the world that have made as big an effort to preserve and respect their indigenous culture as New Zealand has. Maori phrases feature prominently in street signs, TV programmes, and everyday interactions. Waitangi Day, albeit controversial, is very much a part of local tradition. There are also plenty of attractions especially devised to bring New Zealand’s visitors closer to the Maori culture, heritage and history.

New Zealanders have a unique and dynamic culture, with European, Maori, Pacific and Asian influences.

New Zealand is composed primarily of two main Islands, the North Island and the South Island. Each island has an amazing mix of scenery that will leave you in awe.

About the North Island
View of Auckland City and Harbour at dusk. Copyright: Chris McLennan
Auckland City is the largest city in the North Island, however Wellington City is the Capital City. The Auckland Region has a population of approximately 1.3 million. The Wellington Region has a population of approximately 440,000.

The North Island has a great deal of geothermal activity. Spouting geysers, boiling mud pools and warm geothermal springs are all evidence of the seething power beneath the surface. Silica terraces are naturally decorated with a kaleidoscope of colours. Hike a volcano, swim in a stunning crater lake or get up close and personal with the many geysers spewing from the earth.

Lake Taupo is the largest freshwater lake by surface area in Oceania with a surface area of 616 square kilometres.

New Zealand Activities
The awesome landscapes, lush forests, amazing wildlife and pleasant climate make New Zealand a haven for many outdoor activities as well as a hub for activities in the surrounding areas. Many tourists choose to go scuba diving and snorkeling in and around New Zealand and the nearby Cook Islands. The Cook Islands are a short flight away so you can make a day trip out of it or spend a weekend.

New Zealand is home to the bungy, a thrilling experience where a bungy cord is tied to you and you leap from a bridge or other high point. Queenstown, the 'Adventure Capital of the World', has three bungy operations. The Nevis Highwire Bungy is the highest bungy in New Zealand. Leap from a pod suspended 134 metres above the rugged Nevis River, a jump not for the faint hearted!

New Zealand - a place where you can travel from one side of the island to the other in the same day. Where you can see oceans, snow covered mountain tops, vast blue lakes, cascading glaciers, bubbly geysers, and vast tracks of native forestry.

Our clean, green, peaceful islands are places of beauty, newly carved history, dynamic culture and clever innovations. Home to the Haka, the kiwi, no. 8 wire, the Weta Workshop, the bungy jump and world class ski fields, New Zealand is a place where you can experience all four seasons in one day, live out your most daring adventure thrills, or relax at a world class winery.

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