NEW ZEALAND

New Zealand was named 'God's Own Country' and 'Paradise of the Pacific' as far back as the early 1800s with good reason. 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. New Zealand consists of the two main North and South islands and a number of smaller ones. 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.

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

Any number of vigorous outdoor activities - tramping (hiking), skiing, rafting, kayaking, and of course, that perennial favorite, bungy jumping await the adventurous. You can swim with dolphins, gambol with newborn lambs, whale-watch, or fish for fattened trout in pristine streams and rivers.

New Zealand also has a unique and dynamic culture. The culture of its indigenous Māori 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.

New Zealand might very well be the best place on earth!

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