New Zealand is, without a doubt one of the world's most beautiful, and at the same time, safest countries to travel in.
New Zealand (Aotearoa in Maori) is an island country in the south-western Pacific Ocean comprising two main landmasses (the North Island and the South Island) and numerous smaller islands. The country is situated some 1,500 kilometres (900 miles) east of Australia across the Tasman Sea, and roughly 1,000 kilometres south of the Pacific island nations of New Caledonia, Fiji, and Tonga.
Located in the southern Pacific Ocean, New Zealand is made up of two islands approximately 1,600 kilometres (995 miles) south east of Australia. Combined with several smaller islands, the total land area is about 270,534 sq. kms (104,454 sq. miles).
New Zealand's geography includes spectacular landscapes, incorporating the vast mountain chain of the Southern Alps (larger than the French, Austrian, and Swiss Alps combined), the volcano region of the North Island, fiords, glaciers, lakes, rainforests, and extensive grassy plains.
With opposite seasons to the Northern Hemisphere, January and February are our warmest months and July the coldest. Temperatures average 8 degrees celcius in July and 22 degrees celcius in January. Summer temperatures can however reach the low 30s.
With a population of 4.4 million, New Zealand is one of the world's least crowded countries. It is a haven for those seeking peace, rejuvenation and relaxation as well as being a playground for thrill seekers and adventurers.
Pristine unspoilt country, great roads with little traffic & friendly English speaking people.
Due to its relative youth, size and distance from major world markets, New Zealand is untouched from the crowds of tourists. The people are sociable and friendly, and there are many activites for those wanting even more adventure. Bungee jump off a 300' bridge, or take an andrenaline pumping jet boat ride through fast and furious rivers. Take a peaceful boat cruise through lakes and waterfalls on a night so clear you can almost touch the stars.
It is the magnificent fiords and pristine lakes, sub-tropical climate and natural rain forests, rolling farmlands and so many stunning displays of nature's hand, all rolled together that make NZ the ideal place for touring. Travelling North you'll only find more contrast as you experience golden sandy beaches, hot thermal springs, soaring geysers, active volcanoes and exotic native bush.