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Ten interesting facts about New Zealand

1. New Zealand is the first place on earth that receives the first ray of light. It specifically glints first on the small town of Rangitukia in North Island. 2. New Zealand established a state-run tourism department in 1901 – the first in the world. 3. The world’s smallest marine dolphin and the rarest sea lion thrive only in New Zealand’s waters. 4. The heights of...

New Zealand Cuisine

New Zealand enjoys the freshest bounty from the sea due to its Pacific Rim location. The manner of preparation and cooking is marked by a fusion of European, Asian, and Polynesian elements. World-class restaurants are inspired by ingredients that are distinctly New Zealand in origin. Lamb, crayfish, Bluff Oysters, kiwifruit, venison, and abalone are just some of the...

What to do in New Zealand

Visit an authentic marae The best way to experience the traditions of New Zealand’s Maori culture is to visit their place of gathering called marae. Organized marae visits render a close look at the well-preserved values and way of life of the Maori people. The visit begins with a customary hongi, the nose-to-nose Maori greeting. As the visit progresses, guests will...

Where to go in New Zealand

Wellington Known as New Zealand’s capital of cool, Wellington is the queen city of the country, where cosmopolitan pursuits and outdoor recreation merge. Its strategic location places it as the southernmost city on North Island, making it the gateway to South Island. Wellington boasts of the Parliament Buildings, galleries, coffee houses, and world-class restaurants...

When to go to New Zealand

New Zealand comprises two large landmasses called North Island and South Island. Both islands bask in mild temperatures, moderate climate, and moderately high rainfall. Most regions receive ample amounts of sunshine, particularly in Hawke’s Bay, Bay of Plenty, Marlborough, and Nelson. The mountains and the sea dictate New Zealand’s climate. In general, spring...