According to NewZealand.com, this nation is famous for its picturesque landscapes, which include volcanic plateaus, rolling hills and sandy beaches. It consists of two main islands — the North Island and South Island — along with several smaller, offshore islands. Culturally, New Zealand is known for its rugby teams, cycling and passion for travel. The people of New Zealand are known as "Kiwis."Continue Reading
Tourism.net describes New Zealand as one of the most photogenic places in the world. It is located in the Pacific Ocean, to the east of Australia, and due to its remote location, was one of the most recent nations to be settled. The varying landscape of mountains, beaches and green hills attract a lot of backpackers and travelers from abroad. According to Tourism.net, Kiwis themselves are also know for their passion for travel, and they often visit England during their time off from work. Politically, New Zealand is a constitutional monarchy with its own parliamentary system, though the Queen of England is the official head of the state.
New Zealand's climate varies across the islands. Most of the nation experiences a temperate climate, but the far north has a subtropical climate and the West Coast experiences heavy rainfall. The country is also famous for its unique species of plants and animals, which include many colorful birds.Learn more about Geography
New Zealand is located at latitude 41.44 degrees south and longitude 172.19 degrees west in the southwestern Pacific Ocean, approximately 900 miles east of Australia across the Tasman Sea. Other nearby countries include Fiji and Tonga, both of which lie about 600 miles north of New Zealand. This country was one of the last landmasses to be explored, discovered and inhabited due to its remote location.Full Answer >
New Zealand's climate ranges from warmer subtropical temperatures in the north to cool, temperate weather in the south. Mountain ranges act as barriers for strong western winds, leaving the country with a diverse climate.Full Answer >
The continent of New Zealand is sometimes referred to as Zealandia, and encompasses a large underwater land mass. New Zealand is most often identified as its own continent.Full Answer >
The capital of New Zealand is Wellington. It has 393,600 residents as of 2014 and is the second-most-populated urban area in New Zealand. It is located in the southwest of North Island. In 2014 the city was ranked as 12th in the world by Mercer Quality of Living Survey.Full Answer >