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    Information About New Zealand

    About New Zealand

    New Zealand is an island country located within the realm of New Zealand in the south-western Pacific Ocean. Its capital is Wellington, the second most populous city. New Zealand is remotely located and is one of the last lands to be inhabited by humans. The flightless bird, Kiwi, is a national icon for the country.

    History of New Zealand

    Being one of the last major landmasses settled by humans, the country is relatively new. Radiocarbon dating, DNA variability and deforestation suggest that the country was first settled between 1250 and 1300. In 1642, the country had its first visitor from Europe, Abel Tasman, aDutch explorer, who came with his crew. On arrival, four crew members were killed in a hostile encounter. The next European visitor to visit was James Cook, a British explorer who visited in 1769. With time, more explorers and tradesmen began visiting the country which led to an increase in trade of food, metals, weapons and other goods. In 1788, New Zealand was included in New South Wales. New Zealand became an individual, separate colony in July, 1841. It gained a representative government in 1852 and the first parliament met in 1854. It was proclaimed a dominion within the British Empire in 1907 which reflected its "self-governing" status. In 1947, the Statute of Westminster was adopted, which confirmed that the British parliament could no longer legislate for New Zealand without the consent of New Zealand. New Zealand was involved in fighting/world affairs, being part of the British Empire, in both World Warsand suffering through the "Great Depression". The depression resulted in the election of the first Labor government and the establishment of a comprehensive welfare state and aneconomy. After World War II, the country experienced an increase in prosperity.

    Geography of New Zealand

    New Zealand consists of two main islands and a number of smaller islands. The two main islands are the North and South Islands. The key geographical features of New Zealand are:
    • It has one of the largest Exclusive Economic Zones in the world.
    • The highest peak is Mount Cook (3754 meters).
    • The Southern Alps spread over 500km down the South Island.
    • The oldest rocks of New Zealand are over 500 million years old.
    • The country’s size can be compared with the size of the state of Colorado.

    Climate of New Zealand

    The climate is mild and temperate maritime with mean annual temperatures ranging from 10 degrees Celsius in the south to 16 in the north. The wettest city is Auckland, which receives approximately 1250mm annually, which is twice what the driest city receives. The snow season begins in June and ends around October. It is common in the South Island and not so much in the North Island.

    Natural Resources in New Zealand

    New Zealand is gifted with a number of natural resources which includes Oil and Gas, Minerals, Geothermal Energy and Biological material.

    Tourist Attraction in New Zealand

    The most prominent and attractive tourist destinations in the country include:
    • Coromandel Peninsula
    • Abel Tasman National Park, Sky Tower
    • Napier Art Deco
    • Kaikoura
    • Franz Josef Glacier
    • Rotorua
    • Tongariro National Park
    • Milford Sound

    Famous Hotels in New Zealand

    A few famous hotels of New Zealand include:
    • Millbrook Resort, Arrowtown
    • Sofitel, Queenstown
    • Pounamu Apartments, Queenstown
    • The George, Christchurch
    • The Crown Hotel, Napier

    New Zealand Cuisine

    The cuisine of New Zealand is similar to that of Australia. It is a diverse British-based cuisine with the growing influence of the Mediterranean and Pacific Rim. Dinner is the main meal of the day where members of the family gather and share time together. Various cuisines found in the country include Maori, New Zealand European and more recently, Asian cuisines including Japanese, Thai and Indian cuisines which have increased over time due to an increase in Asian immigrants (a result of the Immigration Act of 1986).

    Culture of New Zealand

    The culture in New Zealand is a very dynamic one, owing to the indigenous Maori people who influence art, language and the accents of people. Visiting the country without exploring the culture and traditions of the Maori people would not count as a visit as the Maori Tourism offers a variety of amazing experiences for tourists and others to know more about the Maori culture. Qualities noticed among the people are friendly nature, individualism and self-reliance. The culture separates the people of New Zealand from the world.

    International and Domestic Airports in New Zealand

    There are a number of different International Airports catering to the needs of international passengers travelling to Australia or to any other continent. The busiest airports include:
    Auckland airport serves the largest number of international arrivals and departures. The national airline and flag carrier of New Zealand is Air New Zealand.
    Posted By : All Places Map Last Updated: August 08, 2015

    Facts about New Zealand

    CountryNew Zealand
    Independence Day26-Sep-07
    Area268,021 sq km
    CurrencyNew Zealand Dollar (NZD)
    Dialling Code64

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