New Zealand’s awesome landscapes, lush forests, amazing wildlife and pleasant climate make it a haven for many outdoor activities, and a great place to unwind. New Zealand society is diverse, sophisticated, and multicultural, and the honesty, friendliness, and openness of Kiwis will impress you. And the great advantage of New Zealand is that all of its diverse physical, cultural, and artistic landscapes are so close to each other!
With over a thousand years of human settlement, New Zealand has a colourful and dramatic history, dominated by the relationship between Maori and Pakeha (Europeans). New Zealand has a unique and dynamic culture. The culture of its indigenous Maori people affects the language, the arts, and even the accents of all New Zealanders. Their place in the South Pacific and their love of the outdoors, sport, and the arts make New Zealanders and their culture unique in the world.
New Zealand is 1,600 km long and 450 km wide at its widest part. Covering an area of approximately 270,500 sq km (all islands combined) it is roughly the size of Japan, the British Isles or California – large enough to contain a huge variety of scenic attractions, and small enough so you can get to see most of them. With a population of only 4 million – making it one of the world’s least crowded countries, it is a haven for those seeking peace, rejuvenation and relaxation as well as a playground for thrill seekers and adventurers. A temperate climate with relatively small seasonal variation makes it an ideal year-round holiday destination.
Mix and match transport options to suit your travel style. Scenic rail journeys, exploring by rental car or a fascinating coach tour are just some of the many options to choose from. And no matter your budget or style of travel, there’s a wide range of accommodation options available to you.
Stunning landscapes, lush vegetation, and unique wildlife make New Zealand a paradise for nature lovers. With vast open spaces filled with stunning rugged landscapes, gorgeous beaches, lush vegetation, often spectacular geothermal and volcanic activity, and fascinating animal and plant life, it is no surprise that New Zealand’s pure natural environment is so attractive to visitors from other countries.
You could come to New Zealand for a hundred holidays and have a totally different experience each time. From Fiordland to Spirit’s Bay, the country presents a huge variety of landscapes. Explore popular routes or get off the beaten track. A New Zealand vacation will revive your spirit and nourish your soul.