New Zealand is one of the most unique and interesting countries in the world and is ranked amongst the leading travel destinations. Despite (and perhaps because of) its remoteness and isolation, it is a land that touches the hearts of everyone who comes here.
Location of New Zealand
New Zealand is located in the south west Pacific ocean. It is 900 miles (1500 kilometers) east of Australia and 600 miles (1000 kilometers) south of such Pacific nations as Fiji, Tonga and New Caledonia.
New Zealand Geography
The total land area of New Zealand is 103,483 square miles (268,021 square kilometers), about the same size as the United Kingdom, Italy, Japan or the state of Colorado. It is made up of two main islands, the North Island and the South Island (reflecting their relative positions) and a number of smaller ones. The two main islands have quite distinctively different geographical features and give New Zealand its wonderfully diverse scenery and landscapes. Mountains, rivers, lakes, glaciers, islands, forests, beaches, volcanos, sulphur springs – New Zealand has all this and more.
New Zealand People
New Zealand people are also called ‘kiwis’, and a we’re a friendly and happy bunch who love to welcome visitors! The population is around 4.4 million, making the country sparsely populated by world standards. There is a wide variety of ethnic groups. The original inhabitants were the native Maori people who now make up about 15% of the population. The largest ethnic group in the country is of European descent (70%) and the rest is made up largely of Asian and other Pacific Island peoples.
New Zealand Language and Culture
English and Maori are the official languages. With its diversity of peoples, blending Maori, European and South Pacific and many others, New Zealand has developed a unique and exciting culture. Combined with the natural beauty, it makes New Zealand one of the places in the world to visit.
Balanced Life Style
Survey after survey proves New Zealand’s enviable work-life balance.
New Zealand performs “exceptionally well” for overall well-being says the OECD, surveying the 36 most advanced economies.
The 2014 survey by Mercer, the global HR consultants, again ranked Auckland third in the world
for ‘Quality of Living’, after Vienna and Zurich, and first in Asia Pacific and Australasia. Wellington
scored well too, at 12th. A similar survey by the Economist Intelligence unit ranked Auckland 10th
of 140 cities.
The UN ranks New Zealand seventh out of 187 countries on its latest Human Development Index.
On the Economist Intelligence Unit’s 2013 ‘Where to be Born’ index we’re seventh, ahead of 70 countries including Canada, Germany, Hong Kong, South Africa, UK and USA.
Safe and Secure Community and Freedom of Movement
New Zealanders are by and large open-minded and believe people should be free to live the lifestyle they choose.
There are laws to prevent people abusing anyone’s freedom of expression and speech, and we have a reliable and trustworthy police force you can turn to which solves a comparatively high number of all crimes.
Police don’t harass you here. They have strict rules they must follow and can’t act arbitrarily. And they don’t as a rule carry personal firearms.
Because it’s pretty safe and secure, you and your family can feel free to get out and enjoy everything New Zealand has to offer.
You can expect to walk or cycle the streets, play in playgrounds, catch public transport and generally do the things you want to do without fear.
You can enjoy New Zealand’s open spaces at will, discover the beaches, have fun in the playgrounds and parks, picnic, explore the bush, climb mountains and cycle to your heart’s content.
Clean and Beautiful
New Zealanders share a strong sense of guardianship (kaitiaki-tanga) for our environment. For example, we maintain robust controls over land development, fishing, water quality and conservation. And we’ve dedicated over 30% of our land area to national parks and other protected areas.
There are extensive campaigns to rid our land of threats to native wildlife, and to support populations of endangered species such as our native birds, including the kiwi.
You’ll get an idea of how carefully we protect our environment from the strict biosecurity restrictions on what you can bring in to New Zealand when you land at the airport.
Tourists can only ever skim the surface of New Zealand’s spectacular scenery. Many New Zealanders who’ve lived their whole lives here haven’t seen or done it all either. And over 90% of migrants find our scenery exceeds or meets their expectations, according to a recent Immigration New Zealand survey.
So, what can you expect? Well, if you’ve seen The Lord of the Rings or The Hobbit, you’ll have an idea: soaring mountainscapes, mysterious lakes and rivers, dramatic volcanic plateau, vast open plains, braided rivers, thermal wonderlands, fiords, native forests, glaciers, miles of farmland and even more miles of glorious coastline with gorgeous sandy beaches…. all that sort of thing.
It’s not just the range of beautiful scenery there is to see – it’s all the different ways you can experience it: by car, on foot, by boat, on horseback, by helicopter, by rail, by rubber raft …