New Zealand is a spectacularly beautiful country which possesses vast mountain
chains, steaming volcanoes, sweeping coastlines and lush rainforests. Since
New Zealand is separated from other land masses for more than 100 million years,
has allowed many ancient plants and animals to survive and evolve in isolation.
The land is not only proud of the unique flora and fauna it possesses, but is
also a great landscape that is full of unrivalled variety of landforms. While
exploring the beautiful confines of New Zealand one can view everything from
mountain ranges to sandy beaches, lush rainforests, glaciers and active volcanoes.
Auckland is the best place to start exploring the North of the country.
It's a great city and offers everything one desires. Wellington is the
capital city, and is located at the extreme southern tip of the North
Island. Christchurch is the largest city in the South Island. Many
activities can be organized from here. Trekking to Mount Cook is just one of
the many things you can do.
Official name :
Independent member of the Commonwealth of Nations
Capital city :
Ethnic Group :
75% New Zealand European (Pakeha), 10% Maori, 5%
other European, 4.5% Polynesian, 5% Asian, 0.5% other
New Zealand lies southeast of Australia between latitudes
34 degrees south and 47 degrees south.
New Zealand Dollar (NZD); 1 NZD = 30.772 INR = 0.7074 US
Dollar = 0.5822 Euro (subject to change).
Religion : Predominantly Christian (75%)
Area : 268,680 sq km
Famous for : Natural scenery and attractions
Major cities : Auckland, Wellington, Christchurch, Dunedin,
Clothing : Summers : heavy cottons ; Winters
: heavy woolens
Major events : Summer City Programme (January to February; Wellington); BMW
Wine Marlborough Festival (2nd week in February; Blenheim); New Zealand
Festival (February, even-numbered years only; Wellington), an entire month
of national and international culture; Golden Shears Sheep-Shearing Contest
(March; Masterton), and Canterbury Show Week (November; Christchurch)
Things to Buy : Bounty of Kiwi made products including Wines,
sheepskin, jade and cultural items such as Maori carvings, while many of our
world-renowned natural products such as Manuka, can be found in the Health
Things to do : Water sports, sightseeing
: Roast Kumara (sweet patato), Pavlova, biscuits, kiwifruit, whitebait.
Maori cuisine hangi(meat, vegetables, puddings) ; Kaimoana(seafood)
shellfish, crayfish, paua, green mussels. Beverages coffee, Lemon and
To visit New Zealand you will need a Visitors Visa unless you are a
visa free visitor. Find out about visas and permits, and whether you need
If you are stopping off at a New Zealand airport on your way to another
country you may instead need to apply for a Transit Visa.
You may not need a visa or permit
You dont need a visa or permit if youre:
a New Zealand citizen or you hold a New Zealand residence permit
an Australian citizen, or Australian resident who holds a current permanent
resident return visa (temporary or provisional resident return visa holders
will need a visa to enter New Zealand).
And you dont need a Visitors Visa to visit New Zealand if youre:
a British citizen or a traveller holding a British passport who has the
right to live in the United Kingdom. We may grant you a Visitors
Permit for up to six months
visiting New Zealand for no more than three months and youre:
travelling on a United Nations laissez-passer
a citizen of a visa free country. Find out if youre a 'visa free
New Zealand has a very unique and dynamic culture. The culture of its
aboriginal 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.
The warmer months (November to April) are busiest, especially from December
20 to the end of January. Ski resort towns are obviously busier during the
winter months. The peak season is during Christmas season. It's probably
more pleasant to visit either before or after this hectic period, when the
weather is still warm and there aren't as many other travellers around.
New Zealand has a maritime climate, as opposed to the continental climate
of larger land masses. Climate and weather conditions in the seas around New
Zealand can cause climatic volatility. Rain is more evenly distributed in
the North Island than in the South.
By Air :
Christchurch International Airport, Wellington
International Airport and Auckland International Airport
are the three international airports in the country.There are seven airports
that handle international flights namely Auckland, Christchurch, Dunedin,
Hamilton, Palmerston North, Queenstown and Wellington.
By Sea :
A few cruise ships visit New Zealand, but there are no
regular passenger ship services and this mode of transport is a thing of the
By Air :
Several smaller airlines - Mt Cook Airline, Eagle Air and
Air Nelson - are partly owned by flagship Air New Zealand and have been
grouped together as 'Air New Zealand Link'. This network provides thorough
coverage of the country.
By Bus :
New Zealand also has an extensive bus network, with the
main operator being InterCity (servicing both the North Island and South
Island). The two other major bus operators are Newmans (North Island) and Mt
Cook Landline (South Island. An alternative is to use shuttle bus companies,
which are smaller, cheaper and friendlier than the large bus companies.
By Train :
Wellington railway station, Auckland station and Dunedin
railway station are the main railway stations in the country. Though main
train routes are few, train travel is reasonably fast.
By Sea :
The Interislander ferry (operating between Wellington in
the North Island and Picton in the South Island) provides the option to
travel by boats.
Wellington (capital city) :
The Greater Wellington metropolitan area
contains the Wellington City, New Zealand's capital, which is an amazing
city. The city is ideally located on the shores of a harbour and is
surrounded by a natural stage of wooded hills and is considered New
Zealand's most desirable weekend destination. The city also presents some of
the most vibrant entertainment districts in the country, where one can find
some of the best bars, cafes, restaurants and theatres. Wellington boasts an
diverse range of shops with a host of fashion stores and the country's
premier department store, the city presents some of New Zealand's best, if
not most affordable, shopping opportunities.
Oriental Bay :
Just fifteen minutes walk from the central city,
Oriental Bay is a popular beach for Wellingtonians. People come here to
relax and some holidays amidst the solitude of natural surroundings. Various
activities undertaken here are jogging, picnics and even swimming on warm
sunny summer days.
Wellington is the location of New Zealand's national
museum, Te Papa. It is located on Wellington's waterfront and hosts many
cultural and contemporary exhibits.