Did you know New Zealand is the youngest country on Earth? The Maori people first came to New Zealand somewhere between the 2nd and the 11th century. In the 1700s Captain Cook explored much of the New Zealand coast line. The North Island remains temperate year around while the South Island with the Southern Alps running down the entire west side experiences all four seasons. The land mass of New Zealand is bout the size of Colorado, yet from the top of the North Island to the bottom of the South Island is more than 1000 lineal miles.
Travel to New Zealand is most enjoyed by people who love the outdoors – sailing the Bay of Islands to the Milford Sound, tramping about one of the 13 national parks, experiencing the thermal areas of Rotorua, climbing Mt. Cook, biking the countryside, fly fishing the many streams and rivers, white water rafting, jet boating, playing golf on phenomenal courses, staying at lodges and resorts that make a 5 star rating seem mundane, bed and breakfast on a working sheep farm, following the wine route, camping on the coasts – New Zealand is a country and a people that many of us enjoy continually returning to.
Did you know?
- The Queen of England is the country’s ceremonial head of state
- New Zealanders drive on the left side of the road
- There are 4.3 million people and 45 million sheep
- Auckland is known as the City of Sails
- English is the predominant language but Maori is the official language
- Queenstown is known at the Adventure Capital of the world
- The South Island is the home of the original bungee jump
- Kauri Cliffs and the Farm at Cape Kidnappers are rated in the top 50 golf courses world wide
- When fly fishing – you may only keep one fish per day
Michael King is a Certified New Zealand Specialist (through the New Zealand Tourist Board) and an artist in designing your personal, memorable vacation to the land where art imitates life! Contact Michael@greatgetways.travel today.