Destination Overview NEW ZEALAND…
New Zealand, the island country in the southwestern Pacific Ocean, is a part of the Oceania Continent. It is located in the east of Australia and in the south of the Pacific Island Nations of New Caledonia, Fiji and Tonga. The country is split into two main islands, the North-, and the South Island and also numerous smaller islands. Approximately 53% of its population is living in the four largest cities Auckland, Wellington, Christchurch and Hamilton. New Zealand is divided into sixteen regions.
Most places in New Zealand receive over 2,000 hours of sunshine a year, with the sunniest areas – Bay of Plenty, Hawke’s Bay and Nelson/Marlborough – receiving over 2,350 hours. New Zealand does not have a large temperature range. The weather can change unexpectedly—as cold fronts or tropical cyclones quickly blow in. Because of this, you should be prepared for sudden changes in weather and temperature if you’re going hiking or doing other outdoor activities. In summer (December to February) the average temperature is between 20°C and 30°C.
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Bay of Islands / Northland – Paihia is a great place to explore all of the Bay of Islands and one can swim with dolphins, walk or drive to the Haruru Falls, or learn about early New Zealand history where the Treaty of Waitangi was first signed. From Paihia you can take the ferry to Russell, the first permanent European settlement and sea port in New Zealand.
Coromandel Peninsula – Renowned worldwide for its natural beauty – misty rainforests and pristine golden beaches, the Coromandel is blessed with hundreds of natural hideaways, making it an ideal place to slow down, relax and unwind. Dig your own hot spa pool in the sand at Hot Water Beach, explore the Coromandel Forest Park, or cruise the islands by boat.
Wellington – New Zealand’s capital is compact, cultured and full of character. Nestled between the harbour and the hills, the downtown area is ideal for explorations on foot. Wellington is also a major travel crossroad between North and South Island. The main attractions are the Te Papa museum, the Mount Victoria Lookout and the Cable Car.
Tongariro National Park – New Zealand’s first national park, Tongariro was gifted to the New Zealand people in 1887 by the Ngati Tuwharetoa tribe and is now a World Heritage area. The Tongariro Crossing is regarded as one of the best one-day walks in the world. The 80,000ha Park is enjoyed and explored year-round by hikers, skiers, botanists, geologists and nature lovers alike.
Fox & Franz Glaciers – The Franz Josef is a 12 km long glacier located in Westland Tai Poutini National Park on the West Coast of New Zealand’s South Island. Together with the Fox Glacier 20 km to the south, it is unique in descending from the Southern Alps to less than 300 meters above sea level, amidst the greenery and lushness of a temperate rainforest.