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06-Feb-2018

New Zealand

One of the world's least crowded countries, New Zealand is truly one of the most picturesque and photogenic places on earth.

New Zealand is made up of two major land masses (North Island and South Island) and a number of smaller islands. The two main islands are divided by a 22km stretch of water called the Cook Strait.

What makes New Zealand's natural heritage so special? The country is made up of some of the world’s most spectacular landscapes, from vast mountain ranges, steaming volcanoes to sweeping coastlines, deeply indented fiords to lush rainforests. It is a natural playground for thrill seekers and adventurers and those who simply want to visit for the culture and landscapes.

It is a haven for those seeking peace, rejuvenation and relaxation as well as a playground for thrill seekers and adventurers.

New Zealand has a rich and fascinating history, reflecting both Maori and European heritage. Underlying New Zealand's physical attractions-its dramatic mountains, unpolluted beaches and green countryside is an epic survival story of unique plants and animals.

Amazing Maori historic sites and treasures, some dating back almost a thousand years, are a contrast to many beautiful colonial buildings. A walk around any New Zealand city today shows what a culturally diverse and fascinating country it is.

New Zealander's are affectionately known as "Kiwis". The name derives from the kiwi, a flightless bird native to New Zealand. It is also the national symbol. A temperate climate with relatively small seasonal variation makes it an ideal year-round holiday destination.

These iconic New Zealanders are just a handful among many more putting this beautiful country on the map every day. New Zealand welcomes everyone to experience and discover its unique and precious natural heritage.Get ready for mammoth national parks, dynamic Māori culture and world-class surfing and skiing. New Zealand can be mellow or action-packed, but it's always epic.

WEATHER & CLIMATE: New Zealand has mild temperatures, high rainfall and lots of sunshine. You can also enjoy hot summers, beautiful spring and autumn colours and crisp winter snow. The general climate is mild and temperate however areas in the far north experience warm subtropical temperatures while the far south is much cooler. Alpine conditions ensue in mountainous areas. Visitors are advised to come prepared for all types of weather, as the temperature can change quite rapidly during the day.

FLORA & FAUNA: Over 20 percent of New Zealand is covered in national parks, forest areas and reserves and these are the best places to observe the native flora and fauna. You will find a very unique range of flora and fauna in New Zealand. The native animal, bird and plant species are among some of the most beautiful in the world. There are many national parks, native forests, walking tracks and maritime reserves to be enjoyed.

FLORA: About a quarter of the country still remains forested-mostly in high country areas. Most of these remaining areas are protected from exploitation in national and forest parks, where they can be enjoyed by all. The native plant species are among some of the most beautiful in the world. There are many national parks, native forests, walking tracks and maritime reserves to be enjoyed.

The characteristic New Zealand forest is a temperate, evergreen rain forest with giant tree ferns, vines and epiphytes-looking a bit like the popular image of a jungle. The giant kauri, among the largest trees in the world, is now restricted to relatively small forest pockets in Northland and on the Coromandel Peninsula. Whether you spend time in the wilderness areas of National Parks or lovingly manicured private gardens, you'll find an abundance of fascinating native plans found nowhere else on earth but New Zealand.

FAUNA: Large tracts of lush native bush supported an incredible variety of bird life. New Zealand's native birds became flightless, including the kakapo parrot, the kiwi and the takahe. The best known is kiwi, New Zealand's unofficial national symbol.

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