New Zealand (Aotearoa – land of the long white cloud), is truly one of the most picturesque and photogenic places on earth. A small island nation of just over 4.5 million people, New Zealand is made up of two major land masses, North and South Islands and a number of smaller islands located in the south western Pacific Ocean.
New Zealand is located approximately 1,500km east of Australia and about 1,000km from the Pacific Islands and one of the last countries to be found and settled.
The country is made up of some of the world’s most spectacular landscapes, from vast mountain ranges, steaming volcanoes to sweeping coastlines. It is a natural playground for thrill seekers and adventurers and those who simply want to visit for the culture and landscapes.
New Zealander’s are affectionately known as “Kiwis”. The name derives from the kiwi, a flightless bird native to New Zealand. It is also the national symbol. Kiwi’s are characterised as rugged, industrious problem solvers and people who innovate.
Geographically, over three-quarters of the population live in the North Island, with one-third of the total population living in Auckland. The other main cities are Wellington (the capital), Christchurch, Dunedin and Hamilton.