New Zealand

Facts About New Zealand

    • Original Maori name: Aotearoa
    • Original Maori name for Auckland: Tamaki Makaurau
    • Amazing scenery, fabulous festivals, superb food and wine, and magical outdoor experiences
    • Unique culture, huge range of outdoor activities, very friendly people
    • Over 1/3 of New Zealand is made up of protected parkland and marine reserves
    • Wide variety of scenery, vegetation and geography, opportunities to camp, mountain bike, fish, hike, kayak and so much more
    • NZ is a haven for those seeking peace, rejuvenation and relaxation as well as a playground for thrill seekers and adventurers

  1. Population:

  • 4.5 million inhabitants, of which 1/3 lives in the exciting and most vibrant metropolis: Auckland, which you can check out on Auckland Tours
  • NZ is multicultural as many Kiwis are either immigrants or their descendants
  • First settlers were the Maori, followed by large numbers of immigrants from the United Kingdom, people from neighbouring Pacific Islands including Samoa and Tonga, Chinese and Korean migrants, and new residents from a wide range of countries such as the US, South Africa, Zimbabwe and India. Check out Maori Tours
    • Modern, secular, democratic society, with no ingrained class system
    • Freedom of speech, expression and religious beliefs are guaranteed by law and widely practiced
    • Favourite sports include rugby, cricket, hiking, kayaking, fishing, white-water rafting, football, basketball and skiing

  1. Weather:

  • Varies greatly throughout the country
  • It could be sunny and warm on the East Coast, while pouring with rain on the West Coast
  • Four seasons in one day is not that unusual
  • For example Auckland has 265 days of sunshine per year
  • Range of temperatures between winter and summer is less extreme than in most countries
  • Maximum temperature during summer ranges between 20-30°C (68-86OF)
  • In winter, the average maximum temperature ranges between 10-15°C (50-59OF). The northern half of the North Island is the warmest part of the country throughout the year, which is perfect for outdoor activities


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