New Zealand (or Aotearoa – land of the long white cloud), truly is one of the most picturesque and photogenic places on earth. It’s a country of stunning and diverse natural beauty: jagged mountains, rolling pasture land, steep fjords, pristine trout-filled lakes, raging rivers, scenic beaches, and active volcanic zones. It is a natural playground for thrill seekers and adventurers.
It is located approximately 1,500km east of Australia and about 1,000km from the Pacific Islands. Due to its relative remoteness and being water locked, New Zealand was one of the last countries to be found and settled. It’s a small island nation made up of two major land masses (North Island and South Island) divided by a 22km stretch of water called the Cook Strait and a number of smaller islands including Stewart Island located in the southwestern Pacific Ocean.
New Zealander’s are affectionately known as “Kiwis”. The name derives from the kiwi, a flightless bird native to New Zealand. It is also the national symbol. Kiwis are characterized as rugged, industrious problem solvers and people who innovate. Kiwis are great travelers themselves with many exploring and making an impact on the world (sport, business, politics, etc).
A very unique range of flora and fauna can be found in New Zealand. The native animal, bird and plant species are among some of the most beautiful in the world. There are many national parks, native forests, walking tracks and maritime reserves to be enjoyed. In addition to these, there are a number of glaciers, lakes, mountains, beaches and thermal reserves.
New Zealand is mild with the west coast of South Island, Milford Sound especially, getting maximum moisture. The island’s east coast is alive with colour in spring (Sep-Nov) and autumn (Mar-May); both seasons are the best time to visit New Zealand.