New Zealand, an island nation in the southwestern region of the Pacific Ocean about 2,000 kilometers from the Australian Continent, could be classed as the Jewel in the Commonwealth Crown. The country is made up of two major islands, North Island and South Island plus numerous smaller landmasses including Stewart Island and the Chatham Islands with the realm extending to the Cook Islands and the Ross Dependency, New Zealand’s Antarctic Territory.
The two main islands of this adventurous country offer everything for the holiday maker from leisurely walks through the countryside and mountainous terrain to the magnificent beaches and coastline popular with tourists who just want to lay back and enjoy the beach lifestyle on their holiday.
New Zealand’s indigenous people, the Maori, although minorities on the islands still follow traditional ways of life yet mix seamlessly with western society. For a glance at this unique culture, a visit to the Tamaki Heritage Village or Te Papa, New Zealand’s National Museum are must see attractions.
A great sporting nation, New Zealand has gained international recognition in Cycling, Cricket, Tennis, Golf, Netball and Soccer, but it is in the sport of Rugby that the country is best known. The All Blacks are one of the greatest Rugby Union Nations on the planet and their pre match ritual known as the ‘Haka’ is the closest you will see to an intimidating war dance in any sporting arena.
The sheer magnitude of things to do and see make New Zealand one of the must visit holiday destinations on the planet. From the most populated area of Auckland at the top end of the North Island, to the capital, Wellington, situated at Cook Straight at the southern tip of North Island and through to Christchurch on the Eastern Seaboard of the South Island.
In all, there are over 1,000 different adventures and activities to enjoy during your travels or stay in New Zealand, including Heli Skiing on Harris Mountain, River Jet Safaris, Kayaking in the Tasman Bay, Nature Cruising, Wild Life Tours, Boating, Sailing, Day Spas, Ballooning, Rainbow Springs Nature Park with Flora, Fauna and Wildlife that will enthrall and amaze and where you get up close and personal with the Islands National Icon, the KIWI.
With Surfing, Water sports, Theme Parks, Museums, Art Galleries, Wineries, Zoos, and an abundance of places to stay and eat, there is something different for everyone. But the most exciting attraction is for the movie buffs, with a visit to Hobbiton, the original setting for ‘Lord of the Rings’. So, if you are on the lookout for that Holiday of a Lifetime, look no further than New Zealand.
For more information you may want to see the official governement website New Zealand