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Auckland - City of Sails, NZ's largest city. Major seaport. The country's principal international airport. Too often merely the 'gateway' to New Zealand.
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Wellington - The capital of NZ. 'The windy city'. Built around a spectacular harbour. A very cosmopolitan city with plenty of activities.
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Christchurch - 'The garden city'. Largest city in the South Island.
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Dunedin - Somewhat maligned and often overlooked, DUNEDIN offers many diversions for the visitor with a couple of days to devote to exploring!
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Invercargill - New Zealand's southern-most city. Gateway to Queenstown and Fiordland.
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Queenstown - This popular holiday destination offers a wide variety of activities from bungy-jumping to jet boating and cruises on the lake in the historic vessel SS EARNSLAW
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Nelson - a gentle small city in the north of the South Island. Stepping off point for the Abel Tasman National Park.
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New Plymouth - at the base of Mt Taranaki (Mt Egmont)
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Rotorua - with its thermal areas, and maori influences this is an essential part of any visit to New Zealand.
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NORTHLAND and the scenic Bay of Islands.

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NEW ZEALAND - brief facts

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New Zealand has been described as 'the youngest country in the world'. Originally settled by Polynesian migrants about 1000 years ago, European immigration commenced in the 18th century. About 20% of the country's citizens were born overseas.

NZ's population is around 4.25 million and, according to Statistics NZ, is growing by one person every 10.6 minutes. Approximately 2/3rds of the population live in the North Island, half of these live in the Auckland region. The capital is Wellington. Use the links at right to find out some more about NZ cities and districts.

NZ is a land which boasts a wide variety of scenery, from fiords in the south to lush sub-tropical forests, thermal areas and mountains. It consists of two main islands (imaginatively named the North Island and the South Island ... other early names, including New Leinster and New Ulster did not catch on). If you are interested in antique maps of New Zealand, please have a look at our associate website.

New Zealand is an independent member of the British Commonwealth. Queen Elizabeth is our Head of State, represented in NZ by the Governor General. Our parliamentary system is modelled on the British system, although there is only one "house".

The unit of currency is the New Zealand Dollar. In December 2009 the dollar was worth about 0.73 USD, 0.80 AUD and about 44 British pence. <Currency Converter> <Reserve Bank of NZ >

The country's symbols are the silver fern and the kiwi, a nocturnal flightless bird.

Our climate varies from sub-tropical in the north to temperate in the south. Our climate is heavily influenced by our maritime situation and the weather can change quickly. The warmest months are Dec-Feb and the coolest Jun-Aug. For more details check the NZ Meteorology website here.

New Zealand has 3 official languages - English, Maori and sign language. English is the most commonly used.

In NZ we drive on the left.

International Calls from NZ - prefix 00 then country code (eg 0041 for UK)

Some other interesting (and obscure!) facts about New Zealand


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