New Zealand is noted for its charming and rich history, which reflects its perfect blend of European and Maori culture. The primary inhabitants of New Zealand were the Maori, who came far-off from Hawaiki, approximately 1,000 years before.
Therefore, in 1642, Tasman named New Zealand as Staten Landt believing that it might be connected to Staten Landt, near Cape Horn, at South America's southern tip. Then, Dutch cartographers, in 1645, bestowed the name Nova Zeelandia, after the Dutch territory of Zeeland. However, subsequently James Cook, the British explorer anglicized the name to New Zealand.
Neighboring Countries and Major cities
New Zealand’s geography consists of two islands, namely, the South Islands and the North Islands. Besides, one will also come by various smaller islands that are centrally located in the water hemisphere. The neighboring countries of New Zealand are Fiji and Tonga to the north and Australia to the northwest. Besides, the country is also home to some major cities, including, Wellington, Auckland, Dunedin, Christchurch, Palmerston North, and Hamilton.
More New Zealand Maps
The country is located approximately 1,600 km from Polynesia and Australia. The primary islands of this country are the North and South Islands, Stewart Island, the Chatham Islands, Great Barrier Island, D'Urville Island, and Waiheke Island. With more than 700 offshore islands, the country can very well termed as an archipelago. The country is also home to several rivers, mountain peaks, and sea ports.
Each destination in New Zealand has its own unique charm. If one is in search of some fabulous urban panoramas here, then some of the options that one can have are:
- Mount Eden, Auckland
- One Tree Hill, Auckland
- Mount Victoria, Wellington
- Top of the Port Hills, Christchurch
- Flagstaff Hill, Dunedin
Other scenic highlights are a bit difficult to get through, but then with some efforts on one's part, one is sure to get the best of this country. Hence, if one has sufficient time, make sure to visit Mount Hikurangi on East Cape and Mount Iron in Wanaka. Besides, the Pancake Rocks at Punakaiki and the unusual boulders at Moeraki are something that one cannot afford to miss out on. On a leisure day, one can also take a stroll by the streets of Katikati and explore the murals that speak of the town’s rich and varied history.
The country’s national parks embrace over 30,000 square km and most visitors plan their holidays simply to explore the natural wonders of these parks. On a tour to New Zealand, ensure planning to visit the famous parks, including, Te Urewera, Tongariro, Whanganui, Egmont, Abel Tasman, and Kahurangi.
If one is in love with the idea of flirting with the waves, then New Zealand promises to offer some of the best beach destinations ever. The popular beaches that are worth visiting are:
- Bay of Islands, Northland
- Mount Maunganui, Bay of Plenty
- Raglan, Hamilton-Waikato
- Tawharanui, Auckland
- The Coromandel, Auckland
- Abel Tasman National Park, Nelson
- Piha, Auckland
By Air: The country is well connected through its three global airports at Christchurch, Wellington, and Auckland. Flights can also be availed from East Australia and it takes about 3.5 hours to fly to either of the international airports and to Dunedin, Queenstown, Palmerston North or Hamilton. One can also avail direct flights to New Zealand from Europe and the United States.
By Sea: Another way through which one can reach New Zealand is by sea. One can either go in for a cruise liner or a yacht for reaching this destination. Besides, tourists also have the option of owning their personal boats. There are certain cruises that can be availed from different places in America and Australia to New Zealand. The best time to travel by sea from Fiji is perhaps in the months from October to November. On the other hand, if one plans a boat tour from Australia, then the months from March to April work wonders.
New Zealand Map (17th January, 2013)
Last Updated : February 24, 2016