Land of the Long White Cloud - Aotearoa
Beautiful, open, friendly, accessible, and dramatic, are just a few of the adjectives used to describe New Zealand. New Zealand is full of adventure and tranquillity all at the same time. Because the Kiwi is a notorious traveller, wherever you look, you will catch intriguing glimpses of the cultures and varied cuisine that they have gathered on their travels.
New Zealand is certainly a land of contrasts. The 'locals' are very welcoming with their laid back style and friendly smiles, but they also have the 'live life to the fullest' philosophy, and really enjoy getting out in the great outdoors to take part in the wealth of leisure activities available.
The scenery is another amazing contrast in this unique travel destination. One minute you are looking at the dramatic Southern Alps, with all their cold beauty, but turn around and you will see the warm Canterbury plains spread before you like a patchwork quilt.
New Zealand has it all - subtropical rainforests, steamy volcanic moonscapes, ruggedly remote coastlines, babbling brooks and mighty mountain-fed rivers. Lifestyles are also varied, from the cosy rural villages to the major cities with their vibrant, cosmopolitan café scenes and with small towns providing something inbetween.
The South Island is home to the magnificent Southern Alps, a wonderful mountain range that dominates the landscape and are home to a host of ski fields, both commercial and club. Mt Hutt (Methven), Coronet Peak (Queenstown) and The Remarkables (Queenstown) are three of New Zealands premier Ski Areas in this region.
Whilst the character of each is very different, they are all framed against stunning scenic backdrops: lakes and rivers, lush green and gold farming plains and dense forest. The air is crisp and clean, the scenery amazing and the snow wonderful - lets go!
Where in the world?
New Zealand is in the South Pacific Region. It lies between latitudes 35 and 47 degrees south.
What is the weather like?
The winter time is May to October. Average day time temperatures at this time of year range from -3 ēC to 12ēC (26ºF to 54ºF).
The ski area temps range from -6 ēC to 10ēC (21ºF to 50ºF) but may get lower than this, so thermal clothing and warm, waterproof jackets are essential items to have with you at all times.
Is New Zealand dollars.
English is the most widely spoken, with Maori being the native language.
Whilst New Zealand is a multi cultural society, the main ethnic make up is European and Maori.
A superb selection of fresh produce, game and seafood, influenced by pacific and international cooking styles makes for some exciting culinary experiences! The tap water is safe to drink. This wonderfully fresh water makes for some of the best wines and beers in the world!
New Zealand is the first country in the world to see each new day. New Zealand is 19 hours ahead of Pacific Standard time or 12 hours ahead of London.