New Zealand has 2 major islands conveniently known as the north and south islands. For this journey through the country lets start at the top. With the subtropical climate and long stretches of sandy beaches Cape Reinga is a real favourite with the holidaymakers.
On to Auckland and New Zealand’s largest city. Auckland is big, bald and is breathe taking and is home to a third of New Zealand’s total population.
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Steam and water are dominant features of this district. This region is ancestral home to many of today’s Maori descendants. At its heart is Rotorua City – hub of the North Island’s Maori culture, geo thermal activity and tourism. Many travellers leave Wellington for the South Island on the inter island ferry. The journey takes about three hours through some magnificent scenery.
Christchurch is said to be almost more English than the English. Its beautiful parks, gardens and architecture echo its strong English links. Built in 1864 and taken 37 years to complete the Gothic style stoned Anglican Cathedral is the central feature of the inner city square. Cathedral Square is a meeting place for all and boast such performers as a town crier and even a wizard.
Steeped in Scottish heritage is Dunedin. Dunedin prides itself for its Scottish heritage; it could always be called the Scottish capital of New Zealand. Travelling by road from the east to the west coast, a spectacular display of the real New Zealand unfolds. Following the main road to Haast on the west coast and in a relatively short space of time, the mountains and still lakes of South Otago are left behind.
The Southern Alps from a mountainous backbone along most of the western length of South Island. Mt cook at 3764m above sea level feeds the melting snow and ice of Tasman glacier which converge to form the headwaters of Lake Pukaki. The striking aqua colour of the lake being the result of finely ground glacial particles held in suspension within the lake.
Queenstown is one the country’s most popular destinations. Nestled at the foot of The Remarkables, on the shores of Lake Wakatipu, it has become an internationally acclaimed Alpine resort. The views are magnificent.
This is New Zealand; a land of contrast, a land of unique beauty and a land full of people wanting to welcome you to their country.