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New Zealand is nestled in the South Pacific Ocean 2,162 km (1,343 miles) from Australia, closest neighbour and friend. By most other standards, New Zealand is a very young country, with European settlement on a large scale only occurring over the last 150 years. English is the main written and spoken language in New Zealand – with a number of different accents. Being in the Southern Hemisphere, seasons are completely opposite to countries north of the equator. Winter is June through August and summer is between December and March.

New Zealand has 14 national parks. In fact a third of New Zealand is protected in parks and reserves. You will find incredible variety in its landscape and vegetation. With majestic mountain ranges, sweeping plains, towering forests, azure lakes, and secluded bays dotted around its lengthy coastline, a recurring theme with many tourists and migrants is New Zealand’s stunningly beautiful countryside. In fact, the only natural landscapes in the world that New Zealand does not have are deserts and icecaps.

Aside from the people, the diversity and accessibility of its countryside are the greatest assets and they offer an enormous range of leisure and lifestyle options. New Zealanders embrace them all – from swimming and boating to skiing and hiking.

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