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Basic facts. New Zealand is a small country. About the size of Great Britain, Colorado or Japan, New Zealand has a population of only four million people so it’s gloriously uncrowded.

New Zealand's spectacularly beautiful landscape includes vast mountain chains, steaming volcanoes, sweeping coastlines, deeply indented fiords and lush rainforests. It is a haven for those seeking peace, rejuvenation and relaxation as well as a playground for thrill seekers and adventurers.

A temperate maritime climate with relatively small seasonal variation makes it an ideal year-round holiday destination. The average maximum temperature ranges from 20-30°C / 68-86 F. In the north, it’s sub-tropical and in the south it is clean and brisk.



New Zealand might look small on a world map, but it’s jam-packed with places to see.

Located in the South Pacific Ocean, New Zealand is made up of two main islands. The North Island is home to the majority of New Zealand’s four million people. It's known for its beaches, islands, volcanoes and geothermal areas, and for showcasing our Maori heritage. The North Island's major cities, Auckland and Wellington, are exciting hubs of culture, cuisine and nightlife.

The South Island is famous for its dramatic landscapes and wildlife. The Southern Alps stretch almost the length of the island, sheltering glaciers and alpine lakes, not to mention world class ski fields. Our incredible ‘sunken mountains’ of Fiordland and the Marlborough Sounds are easily explored by boat, while Kaikoura takes the prize for whale watching. And way down south you’ll find the untamed island of Rakiura (aka Stewart Island), a true haven of native wildlife.

Being a compact country means that all destinations are within two hours’ flight. Though it takes a bit longer, driving is a popular way to explore because you get to enjoy the stunning landscapes that linger around every corner. There's lots to see, so try to allow at least a week to visit each island. Of course we'd love you to stay longer, and once you get here, you'll probably feel the same.

If you'd like to come vist (which we hope you do!), here are some useful websites:
- New Zealand Tourism - www.newzealand.com
- Your first step to living & working in New Zealand - www.newzealandnow.govt.nz
- Accomodation and Attractions - www.aatravel.co.nz
- Wikipedia - Facts about New Zealand - http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/New_Zealand
- This comprehensive site has many links to all aspects of work and life in NZ. - www.malcolmpacific.co.nz/