Green Pastures in New Zealand

Green Pastures in New Zealand

From time to time, New Zealand has been named as a must-visit country. There are a lot of different reasons to come and visit this place. There are limitless green pastures that can take ones breath away.

The coastlines are stunning and give a panoramic view of the exquisite beaches and crystal clear seas. Other sights to see are the extraordinary geysers and majestic snow-capped mountains. Let us not forget about the forests, oceans and all its inhabitants including but not limited to the penguin, whales, and seals.

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Milford Sound in New Zealand – a famous tourist destination

The citizens show great discipline that they can maintain cleanliness and preserve the natural beauty. It is a tourist-friendly country. The people are very welcoming and accommodating to anyone.
So come, let us travel to a beautiful country in the southwestern Pacific Ocean named NEW ZEALAND.

OVERVIEW of NEW ZEALAND

GEOGRAPHY

The beautiful island country of New Zealand could be found in southwestern Pacific Ocean. It is approximately 1500 kilometers east of Australia. It is a long and narrow island, about 2,000 kilometers long and a width of 400 kilometers at the most.

new-zealand02Whanganui River on the North Island

The total land area is 268,000 square kilometers; and the coastline extends up to 15,000 kilometers. There are two main islands: North Island or Te Ika-a-Maui and South Island or Te Waipounamu.

These two islands are separated by Cook. There are also surrounding smaller islands such as Stewart Island, Chatham Islands, Great Barrier Island, d’Urville Island, and Waiheke Island. The islands compose of mountains, volcano, lake.

CLIMATE

The best time to travel to New Zealand is the months October to April which is considered summer. Winter time in New Zealand is also popular due to winter sports and activities such as skiing and snowboarding.

DEMOGRAPHY

Majority of the population, 74 percent are European descendants. The remaining percentages are Asians and Pacific peoples. The citizens are called New Zealander or Kiwi.

Almost all could speak English, with a few who can speak and understand Maori and Samoan. Other languages spoken include French, Hindi, Yue, and Chinese.

The predominant religion in the country is Christianity including Anglicanism, Presbyterianism, and Methodism. The minority include Hinduism, Buddhism, and Islam.

TRANSPORTATION

The best way to get in is via plane. There are a total of 113 airports in the whole of New Zealand. The main airport is at Auckland Airport which is an international airport that serves millions of tourists annually. Other main airports include Christchurch Airport and Wellington Airport. The national airline and flag carrier of the country is Air New Zealand and caters to flights to 15 countries.

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Transport infrastructure from Wellington, New Zealand

New Zealand is an island country with a long coastline, due to this water transportation is very common. One example of water transportation is between the two main islands: North and South Island. Although the Cook Strait measures 24 kilometers wide, this would require a 70 kilometer ferry trip to transverse.

new-zealand04Cook Strait ferry

Ferries are also available at the Bay of Islands, Rawene, Auckland, Tauranga, Wellington, Marlborough Sounds, Lyttelton, Bluff, and Halfmoon Bay.

Railroad system in the country is comparable to other first world countries. Trains in New Zealand can travel from one city to another.

But for those under budget, travelling by buses is the most affordable and easiest.

PLACES TO SEE

Tourism is very important to the government of New Zealand. The tourism slogan of the country is “clean, green” adventure playground. With all the green pastures and panoramic scenery, the slogan is apt. A few of the beautiful and must see places are listed here.

MILFORD SOUND

On South Island one could find Milford Sound a fiord. It encompasses Fiordland National Park, Piopiotahi Marine Reserve, and Te Wahipounamu World Heritage site. Peaks can reach as high as 1,500 meters. A few of the wildlife that could be found in the area includes seals, penguins, dolphins, whales, and birds. In 2008 it was awarded by TripAdvisor as Travelers’ Choice Destinations.

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TOTARANUI

New Zealand has a few of the best coastlines in the world, one of which is Totaranui. This is a one kilometer long beach and a popular campsite. Tourists love the beach due to the sands golden color.

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BAY OF ISLANDS

Bay of Islands could be found on North Island. It is very famous a fishing and sailing area. It is also a popular destination to see and watch dolphins.

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Dolphin watching by the bay

TONGARIRO ALPINE CROSSING

Tongariro Alpine Crossing is one of the tourist destinations in Tongariro National Park. It is one of the most popular hiking areas. Hiking on this area can lead tourists to the multi-cratered active volcano in Mount Tangariro. One must be physically fit when taking this hike since it is 19.4 kilomters long.

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View from the summit over the Emerald Lakes, across the Central Crater to Blue Lake

WAITOMO CAVES

Another attraction on North Island is Waitomo Caves. It is a popular place for those seeking adventure and willing to climb through caves.

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Ruakuri Cave entrance at Waitomo

MOUNT COOK

The highest point in New Zealand is at South Island and named Mount Cook with a height of 3,724 meters. It is a perfect place for mountaineers.

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LAKE TEKAPO

Another must see at New Zealand are the lakes. There are three parallel lakes in South Island; the second largest lake is Lake Tekapo measuring 83 square kilometers. The hotels and resorts surrounding the lake give a perfect and relaxing view of the place.

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NINETY MILE BEACH

The country also offers numerous beaches, one of which is the Ninety Mile Beach in North Island. The actual length of the beach is 55 miles or 90 kilometers. Tourists visiting the beach would love the sand dunes.

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See more:

New Zealand Travel and New Zealand Business
http://www.newzealand.com/

New Zealand Official Tourism Site
http://www.newzealand.com/us/

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