In New Zealand you will find a unique culture and stunning natural environment. Look out for beautiful native birds such as the tui and kereru as they venture into suburban gardens to feed.
From rolling green farmland to majestic snow-covered mountains, New Zealand deserves its reputation for some of the world’s most beautiful natural environments.
New Zealand is similar in size to the United Kingdom or Japan but the population is just over 4 million. Most New Zealanders live in cities, so the countryside is very sparsely populated. While the scenery sets our country apart, Kiwis have a reputation for friendliness, creativity and independence.
The varied terrain and long thin shape of the country (from 34 to 48 degrees latitude south) create a variety of climatic conditions, from sub-tropical to almost continental. Conditions are very changeable – a cool rainy day can suddenly turn sunny and hot. The mild climate is great for our agriculture and horticulture industries, which are vital to the economy.
Our closest neighbour is Australia, 3 hours by plane. This geographic isolation means many indigenous species of plants and birds are found only in New Zealand - including, the famous, flightless kiwi.