New Zealand

Stunning landscapes and friendly locals

New Zealand is a country of rare seismic beauty, glacial mountains, fast-flowing rivers, deep, clear lakes, hissing geysers and boiling mud. There are also abundant forest reserves, long, deserted beaches and a variety of fauna, such as the kiwi, endemic to its shores.

Any number of vigorous outdoor activities - hiking, skiing, rafting and, of course, that perennial favourite, bungy jumping - await the adventurous.
You can swim with dolphins, gambol with newborn lambs, whalewatch or fish for fattened trout in the many streams. The people, bound in a culture that melds European with Maori ancestry, are resourceful, helpful and overwhelmingly friendly. The extraordinary place names - try Te Awamutu, Whangamomona or Paekakariki for tongue-trippers - are resonant and, with a modicum of practice, easy to pronounce. Because it's such a compact place, travel within New Zealand - whether by plane, bus, rail, car or campervan - is affordable and efficient. 
Accommodation too is cheap and varied. And the culinary promise of venison, fresh seafood, sublime ice cream and award-winning wines should more than whet the appetite. 
New Zealand has a diverse and multicultural society with those of European extraction accounting for approximately 80% of the population. Approximately 10% of the population is Maori, 3% Polynesian and the balance is made up of a wonderful variety of ethnic peoples. Dutch, South Africans, Chinese, Indians are just a few who have settled in New Zealand over the years.
Auckland is the largest city, (and is the world's largest Polynesian city) with a population of over 1 million people, Wellington is the second largest with approximately 300,000 citizens. Christchurch is the largest of the South Island cities with a population of 300,000.1996 statistics indicate that the North Islands population was 2.71 million, while the South Islands was 899,000.
Recent surveys suggest that the population of Auckland will continue to outstrip the rest of the country and growth over the next decade is expected to be in excess of 37%. This growth is in part at the expense of other centres, but while there is a drift of population from the South Island to North Island the largest factor is immigration from overseas. As a comparison it is anticipated that Southland, our southern most province will see a decline in population of over 6%., while the South Islands population will grow only 5.8% over the period.

New Zealand Destination Guide

Lee's Travel has created this travel guide which lets you experience some of New Zealand's most exotic destinations with a knowledgeable guide. Use it to plan your holiday and to make your trip an amazing experience. Enjoy!


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