The Maoris called New Zealand Aotearoa – “The land of the long white cloud” because when you reach New Zealand by sea, the first thing you notice is a long white cloud chain located over the North Island.
New Zealand is a tiny country made up of two rather remote islands (and many smaller ones) and with a population of just over four million people, it is not the most accessible place in the world to visit. However, if you are looking for active travel and an unforgettable experience, a visit is a must.
Here are some of the unique things about New Zealand that have made it justifiably famous:
The incredible unspoilt scenery
There are some of the most diverse environments on earth, from beaches and rainforests to mountains, lakes, glaciers and even volcanoes. Many of these different natural features can be visited on the same day.
New Zealanders are naturally warm and friendly people and are particularly hospitable to tourists. Wherever you go you will receive a friendly smile and a warm welcome.
New Zealand was inhabited by the local native people, the Maori before the arrival of the Europeans in the 1700s.
New Zealand today is a fascinating blend of cultures who mingle and thrive in a peaceful yet vibrant society.