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New Zealand is one of the most spectacular places on earth and is also known as the 'Adventure Capital' of the southern hemisphere. Within a couple of days' drive you can travel from the sandy beaches and cosmopolitan cities of the sub-tropical north to the ancient rainforests, glaciers and fiords of the south. New Zealand is located in the South Pacific Ocean, a short 3½ hour flight across the Tasman Sea from Australia. The country consists of two main large islands, the North Island and the South Island, and the smaller Stewart Island further south. With a land area comparable in size to Great Britain, yet a population of only 4 million people, New Zealand is uncrowded and unspoilt, with many pristine natural attractions to explore.

New Zealand Highlights

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The indigenous people of New Zealand, the Maori, have a Polynesian heritage and provide a warm welcome to visitors wanting to explore their distinctive culture. The Maori name for New Zealand is 'Aotearoa' (Land of the Long White Cloud). The North Island of New Zealand is known for its volcanic geothermal region of Rotorua, its world-class trout fishing region of Lake Taupo, and the sparkling blue waters and green islands of the Bay of Plenty. The South Island is known for its adventure and ski resort of Queenstown, as well as the spectacular Franz Josef and Fox glaciers, and the World Heritage listed Milford Sound, where rain-forested mountains stand straight out of the pure blue waters of the sound. New Zealand is a 3.5 hour flight from the east coast of Australia, or 12.5 hours from Los Angeles. The cities of Auckland, Wellington, Christchurch and Hamilton have international airports.

Many visitors choose to hire motor-homes and do self-drive tours around the spectacular regions of New Zealand. There is an excellent network of uncrowded national highways, as well as scenic coastal and mountain routes. A number of bus companies offer 'hop-on, hop-off' transfers between the major tourist centres. A car ferry service operates between the North and South Islands.

New Zealand is well-known for its sumptuous fresh seafood and produce, and there are many world-class fine dining options and luxury wilderness lodges. Those looking for more affordable accommodation will find a warm and friendly welcome at the plethora of hotels, B&B's, holiday parks and backpacker hostels, many of which are in spectacular locations.

The climate in the north of New Zealand is sub-tropical, with mild winters (June - August) and hot, humid summers (Dec - Feb). Central New Zealand has a Mediterranean temperate climate, with cool, wet winters and mild summers, while in the southern alpine regions the temperatures are much colder.

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