Source: Bernard Spragg
Source: Bernard Spragg

About: New Zealand, a sovereign nation, is situated in the continent of Oceania & Australia. The country is approximately 2,000 km southeast of Australia across the Tasman Sea; Tonga and Fiji are the closest neighbours to the north of New Zealand

Population and Area: The total area of New Zealand is 268,021 km² and comprises of 16 regions. The population of the country was 4.693 million in 2016 as per the data released by the World Bank.

Origin: The first settlers of New Zealand were Polynesian who arrived here 700 years ago. The first settlers developed Maori culture. European reached to New Zealand in the 17th century for the first time. Abel Tasman who was a Dutch Navigator reached this nation on 13th December 1642. The most important event in the history of New Zealand was the Treaty of Waitangi which took place in 1840; the treaty was signed between British Crown and Maori chiefs. The treaty facilitated equal rights to Maori as to British subjects.

Tourism: Tourism sector is an important sector of New Zealand, and boasts of top tourist destinations for international visitors. New Zealand was visited by a total of 3.04 million tourists in the year 2015. The contribution of the tourism sector to the country, in the year 2015, was 9140 million USD.

Main Cities: 

A: 

Ashburton

Auckland

 

B: 

Blenheim

 

C: 

Christchurch

D: 

Dunedin

 

 

G:

Gisborne

Greymouth

Gore

H: 

Hamilton

 Hastings

 Hawke’s Bay

Hokitika

 

I: 

Invercargill

 

 

K:

Kaikoura

Kawerau

Kerikeri

L:

Levin

M: 

Matamata

Motueka

Masterton

Mount Maunganui

N: 

Nelson

 Napier

New Plymouth

O: 

Oamaru

 

 

P: 

Palmerston North

Paraparaumu

Picton

Porirua

Pukekohe

Q: 

Queenstown

 

 

R: 

Rotorua

 

 

S: 

Stratford

 

 

T: 

Tauranga 

Taupo

Thames

Timaru

Tokoroa

U: 

Upper Hutt

 

 

W: 

Wellington

Whanganui

Waitangi

Waitakere City

Wanaka

Whakatane

Whangarei

Attractions: There are three UNESCO World Heritage Sites in New Zealand: New Zealand Sub-Antarctic Islands; Te Wahipounamu – South West New Zealand; and Tongariro National Park. The other attractions are as follows:

1)

Milford Sound

2)

Aoraki/Mount Cook National Park

3)

Abel Tasman National Park

4)

Fiordland National Park

5)

Waitomo Caves

6)

Hot Water Beach

7)

Bay of Islands

8)

Huka Falls

9)

Fox Glacier

10)

Lake Wakatipu

11)

Franz Josef Glacier

12)

Lake Taupo

13)

Lake Wanaka

14)

Mount Aspiring National Park

15)

Tongariro Alpine Crossing

16)

Waiotapu

17)

Routeburn Track

18)

Sky Tower

19)

Doubtful Sound

20)

Tongariro National Park

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