Kia Ora ! Haere mai, Welcome to the ‘Youngest country on Earth’ !!
Multi-cultural, diverse, stunning, pristine, young……These are just some of the words used to describe New Zealand. Dubbed as the youngest country on earth because it was the last land mass to be discovered, New Zealand’s awesome landscapes, lush forests, amazing wildlife and pleasant climate make it a haven for many outdoor activities, and a great place to unwind. According to historians, New Zealand was the last habitable landmass on Earth to be settled by humankind. This youthfulness is unique to New Zealand and conveys everything that is fresh and un-spoilt about the country and its people. With only 4 million people there’s a lot of room for scenery in New Zealand !!
New Zealand was first discovered about 1000 years ago by the great Polynesian navigator Kupe who sailed here from his homeland Hawaiki. He named the islands Aotearoa, Land of the Long White Cloud.
New Zealand is famous not only for its beautiful scenery but it has been said many times that New Zealander’s are the friendliest people you could meet anywhere. The majority of New Zealand’s population are of European (English, Irish & Scottish) descent. Approximately 10% of New Zealand’s population is of Polynesian descent with the majority of Polynesians being the native people the ‘Maori’. New Zealanders are lovers of sports, with Rugby and cricket being the most popular sports there.
New Zealand is situated in the South Pacific Ocean and its nearest neighbour is Australia. New Zealand along with Australia make up the area called Australasia or Oceania. New Zealand is probably the most isolated country in the world yet it is a highly developed and westernised country.
The country is not much bigger than the United Kingdom yet within New Zealand’s shores lie just about every type of climate from subtropical to alpine. Travellers will find examples of all the world’s geographical features from mountain ranges to beaches, glaciers to subtropical and temperate rainforest, active volcanoes and thermal activity to land that is permanently covered in ice & snow, from tranquil lakes and Fjords to thunderous waterfalls and rivers.