New Zealand info

New Zealand is a land of outstanding natural beauty, from rolling green hills to glaciers, geysers, and crystal clear lakes to miles of deserted beach and lush forests. New Zealand floats in the South Pacific, a narrow channel dividing the North Island from the South Island. North Island steams with volcanic activity. There is Rotorua where clouds of sulphurous steam rise out of the earth. The most active spots, like Whakarewarewa, have geysers and pits of boiling mud. White Island is a new volcano still forming in the Bay of Plenty, while Lake Taupo is the biggest of these crater lakes of the north island. There are several volcanoes in Tongariro National Park; Ruapehu, last blew its top in 1995. The South Island has a long spine of mountains down the centre offering spectacular vistas. Visit the wild west coast or swim with wild dolphins in the bay at Kaikoura on the opposite side. New Zealand boasts its own particular flora and fauna: flightless birds, several kinds of unique trees and a primitive lizard, the tuatara. There is also a general lack of biting or poisonous bugs or beasts! With around 15,000 kilometres of coastline and more than 25 marine reserves, there is a host of outdoor activity to keep you busy in New Zealand. The majority of New Zealanders live in the cities of the North Island. Capital, Wellington is the southernmost national capital in the world. There is an abundance of good food and trendy bars once you have had enough of the great outdoors. From Auckland city, you can catch ferries to populated islands such as Waiheke and Great Barrier. Further north you can discover the Bay of Islands, a large area of offshore islands between Cape Brett and the Purerua Peninsula.

Regions in New Zealand



Canterbury, the New Zealand region is mainly composed of the Canterbury Plains and the surrounding mountains, and it's main city is Christchurch. &nb... READ MORE




Gisborne is also the name of the largest settlement within the Gisborne Region. Gisborne is named for an early Colonial Secretary William Gisborne. T... READ MORE


It has a total area of 4000 km², and lies between the Auckland Region, the Coromandel Peninsula, and the Hauraki Plains. Hauraki is Māori for No... READ MORE






Eight important cities are in the North Island, notably New Zealand's largest city, Auckland, New Plymouth, Tauranga, Gisborne, Napier, Hamilton, Palm... READ MORE







Located in the centre of the island's northern coast, Tasman Bay stretches along 120 kilometres and is a large V-shaped bay at the north end of New Ze... READ MORE


It borders with the West Coast Region, Marlborough Region and the Nelson Region. It is both a region and a unitary authority, and the District Council... READ MORE





West Coast is one of the more remote and most sparsely populated areas of New Zealand and is located on the West Coast of the South Island. The West C... READ MORE


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