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Uniquely New Zealand

Discovering New Zealand

  • Size – New Zealand is roughly the size of Colorado and is made up of thousands of islands, with two main islands housing the vast majority of its 4 million people.
  • Rare Wildlife – The tuatara, weta and giant snail are direct descendants of prehistoric fauna and are native to New Zealand. Hector’s dolphin is the world’s rarest dolphin and is found only in New Zealand waters.
  • Beach Life – New Zealand has more than 10,000 miles of coastline. The North Island offers long sandy beaches perfect for swimming and surfing. The north of the South Island has some beautiful sandy beaches, while the coastline around the rest of the South Island is wild and rugged.
  • Friendly Fauna – New Zealand has no snakes or dangerous wild animals, making it safe to enjoy outdoor activities without worries.
  • Fire – New Zealand is located where the Pacific and Australian tectonic plates collide with each other. This movement has created active volcanoes, hot springs, geothermal mud pools and alternative energy sources for electricity and heating.
  • Ice – New Zealand’s Southern Alps have a number of active glaciers including the Franz Josef and Fox on the South Island’s West Coast. These glaciers are the only places in the world, at this latitude, that have advanced so close to the sea.
  • Film Location Hot Spot – New Zealand has gained international recognition as the location for the “Lord of the Rings” as well “The Chronicles of Narnia: the Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe,” “The Last Samurai” and “King Kong.” New Zealand also has one of the highest cinema attendance rates in the world.

New Zealand Ranked in Surveys

2006: New Zealand received the Bronze Award in the Top Country category at the U.K. Wanderlust Magazine awards and was named Safest Destination, for the fifth year in a row.
2005: New Zealand was named Best Country and best overall winner by Condé Nast Traveller magazine.
2005: New Zealand was ranked in the top five tourism destinations in the world by the readers of Lonely Planet.

New Zealand Breakthroughs

  • Allowing Women to Vote
  • Splitting the Atom
  • Climbing Mt. Everest
  • Jet Boat
  • Stamp-Vending Machine
  • Spreadable Butter
  • Bungee-Jumping
  • Tranquilizer Gun
  • Electric Fences
  • Electric Gas Pump
  • Disposable Syringe
  • Plastic Surgery
  • Frozen Meat

What Is a Kiwi?

The Maori named the kiwi bird for the sound of its chirp – kiwi, kiwi, kiwi. This flightless bird, about the size of a hen, has an extremely long beak and plumage that is more like hair than feathers. New Zealanders have adopted this nocturnal, flightless and endearing creature as their national emblem.

Unique Wonders

  • Fox and Franz Josef glaciers
  • Te Papa National Museum of New Zealand
  • Bay of Islands
  • Rotorua
  • Waitomo Caves
  • Fjordland
  • Mt. Cook/Aorak
  • Abel Tasman National Park
  • Tongariro National Park
  • Lake Taupo
  • Kaikoura
  • Queenstown