Honeymoon in New Zealand

History of New Zealand, the Youngest Country

New Zealand is the youngest country on earth - the last major landmass to be discovered. It has a rich and fascinating history, reflecting both our Maori and European heritage. Amazing Maori historic sites and taonga (treasures), some dating back almost a thousand years, are a contrast to many beautiful colonial buildings. A walk around any New Zealand city today shows what a culturally diverse and fascinating country we have become.

New Zealand's spectacularly beautiful landscape includes vast mountain chains, steaming volcanoes, sweeping coastlines, deeply indented fiords and lush rainforests.

Comparable in size and/or shape to Great Britain, Colorado or Japan, New Zealand has a population of only 4 million - making it one of the world's least crowded countries. It is a haven for those seeking peace, rejuvenation and relaxation as well as a playground for thrill seekers and adventurers. A temperate climate with relatively small seasonal variation makes it an ideal year-round holiday destination.

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Natural Environment

With vast open spaces filled with stunning rugged landscapes, gorgeous beaches, often spectacular geothermal and volcanic activity, a temperate climate and fascinating animal and plant life, and it is no surprise that New Zealand’s pure natural environment is so attractive to visitors from other countries. And the great advantage of New Zealand is there are many different landscapes, environments, and ecosystems so close to each other.

Our Culture

New Zealand has a unique and dynamic culture. The culture of its indigenous Maori people affects the language, the arts, and even the accents of all New Zealanders. Their place in the South Pacific, and their love of the outdoors, sport, and the arts make New Zealanders and their culture unique in the world.

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Pristine Landscapes

New Zealand has known human habitation for less than a thousand years. Before then, it was a land of forests, mountains and beaches. The loudest sounds were birdsong, wind and waves.

Fourteen spectacular national parks preserve New Zealand's natural heritage. Enshrining a huge variety of landscapes, vegetation and wildlife, our parks allow you to discover the heart and soul of a country that will never be totally tamed

Taste New Zealand Food and Wine

When you reflect on what attracts you to New Zealand, it’s likely that astounding landscapes and energizing outdoor activities are high on the list. But feedback from travelers puts our food and wine experiences up there with the scenery. Now there are more reasons than ever to satisfy your appetite for a New Zealand holiday.

When it comes to food, every region of New Zealand has its specialties. Northland has award-winning cheeses and subtropical fruit. Rotorua is the place for a hangi - a traditional Maori feast cooked in an underground oven. Marlborough is the place for scallops and green lipped mussels. Canterbury serves up the very best rack of lamb. And in Bluff, a foodie’s world revolves around the biggest, fattest oysters you’ve ever seen.

The concept of regional specialties also applies to wine. Grape varieties have been chosen to perfectly match the climate and soil conditions of each wine growing area. On Waiheke Island, the stony soils and hot summers are perfect for cabernet sauvignon, merlot and cabernet franc. Gisborne is known as the chardonnay capital of New Zealand. Hawke’s Bay, with its Gimblett Gravels zone, turns out amazing cabernet sauvignon, merlot and malbec. Marlborough is sauvignon blanc country, while Central Otago is excelling itself in the pinot noir department.

When you’re travelling around New Zealand, the best food and wine experiences are found by following recommendations, or following your nose. Enjoy!


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