Pristine is the word that best describes New Zealand. This island-country possesses an unrivaled landscape that paints a picture of perfection. No other place in the world presents such a fine assembly of lush rainforests, mountain ranges with snowcapped peaks, stunning glaciers, fantastic fiords, volcanic lakes, and golden beaches.

Given its vast natural resources, New Zealand is hailed as a pioneer in ecotourism. The variety of flora and fauna is staggering, complemented by a prime choices of thrilling outdoor experiences. A mere glimpse of the country’s wonderful attractions would make anyone take a leap of joy – and no one will stop you if you do so. After all, New Zealand is the honorable birthplace of bungee jumping.

Completely isolated in its southwestern Pacific Ocean location, New Zealand is situated around 1,600 kilometers from the eastern coast of Australia. More than 10,000 kilometers stand between the country and the rest of the Pacific Rim destinations.

Such location gives New Zealand its well-deserved reputation as a remote paradise. And because it is far removed from any other island or country, New Zealand was the last land mass discovered by man, earning itself the title “the youngest country on earth.”

New Zealand is home to people of various ethnicities, all of which were originally migrants. The indigenous Maori people, for instance, are of Polynesian descent. The first set of settlers from Europe was composed of missionaries and whalers by trade. When New Zealand officially became part of the British Colony, it paved the way for more Europeans to settle in the country. But there are a significant number of other cultures – such as the Dutch, Asians, and Pacific Islanders – in New Zealand.

The Maori culture thrives in New Zealand and has a large influence on the country’s way of life. Along with English, Maori is also an official language. In fact, the country also goes by its Maori name, Aotearoa, which means “Land of the Long White Cloud.”

Kiwis, as New Zealanders are more popularly known, follow different Christian faiths such as Anglican and Catholic. Other religions include Buddhism and Hinduism.

With this happy mix of Kiwi cultures, visitors will feel right at home in this picturesque country.

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