Traveling Luck for New Zealand
New Zealand is located in Oceania, islands in the South Pacific Ocean, southeast of Australia.
Land in New Zealand is predominately mountainous with some large coastal plains.
New Zealand land covers an area of 268680 square kilometers which is about the size of Colorado
As for the New Zealand climate; temperate with sharp regional contrasts.
New Zealander(s) speak English (official), Maori (official).
Places of note in New Zealand
- North Shore
- Lower Hutt
- Palmerston North
- New Plymouth
- Pukekohe East
- Port Motueka
New Zealand National Map
Regions of New Zealand
- Bay of Islands
- Chatham Islands
- Golden Bay
- Great Barrier Island
- Hauraki Plains
- Hawke's Bay
- Hawkeʼs Bay
- Mount Herbert
- New Zealand (general)
- North Auckland
- Saint Kilda
- South Auckland
- Stewart Island
- Waimate West
- Wairarapa South
The Polynesian Maori reached New Zealand in about A.D. 800. In 1840, their chieftains entered into a compact with Britain, the Treaty of Waitangi, in which they ceded sovereignty to Queen Victoria while retaining territorial rights. In that same year, the British began the first organized colonial settlement. A series of land wars between 1843 and 1872 ended with the defeat of the native peoples. The British colony of New Zealand became an independent dominion in 1907 and supported the UK militarily in both World Wars. New Zealand's full participation in a number of defense alliances lapsed by the 1980s. In recent years, the government has sought to address longstanding Maori grievances.
Over the past 20 years the government has transformed New Zealand from an agrarian economy dependent on concessionary British market access to a more industrialized, free market economy that can compete globally. This dynamic growth has boosted real incomes (but left behind many at the bottom of the ladder), broadened and deepened the technological capabilities of the industrial sector, and contained inflationary pressures. Per capita income has risen for six consecutive years and was more than $24,000 in 2005 in purchasing power parity terms. New Zealand is heavily dependent on trade - particularly in agricultural products - to drive growth. Exports are equal to about 22% of GDP. Thus far the economy has been resilient, and the Labor Government promises that expenditures on health, education, and pensions will increase proportionately to output.
New Zealand natural resources include natural gas, iron ore, sand, coal, timber, hydropower, gold, limestone
about 80% of the population lives in cities; Wellington is the southernmost national capital in the world
New Zealand religion is Anglican 14.9%, Roman Catholic 12.4%, Presbyterian 10.9%, Methodist 2.9%, Pentecostal 1.7%, Baptist 1.3%, other Christian 9.4%, other 3.3%, unspecified 17.2%, none 26% (2001 census).
Natural hazards in New Zealand include earthquakes are common, though usually not severe; volcanic activity.
- There is no British consular representation on the Cook Islands, or the islands of Niue and Tokelau.
- If you are visiting remote areas, you should ensure that your journey details are made known to local authorities or friends/relatives before setting out. Weather conditions can quickly become treacherous, especially in winter.
- Motor insurance is not a legal requirement in New Zealand. Therefore, even though the UK has a reciprocal Healthcare Agreement with New Zealand, private accident insurance is strongly recommended. This is because New Zealand law has removed the right of accident victims to sue a third party in the event of an accident.
- The threat from terrorism in New Zealand is low. But you should be aware of the global risk of terrorist attacks which could be against civilian targets, including places frequented by foreigners.
- Around 300,000 British nationals visit New Zealand each year. Most visits to New Zealand are trouble-free. The majority of cases for which British nationals require consular assistance are due to replacing lost or stolen passports or when getting into difficulties whilst enjoying outdoor activities i.e hiking, climbing and canoeing.
- We strongly recommend that you obtain comprehensive travel and medical insurance before travelling. If you intend to participate in adventure activities eg: bungee jumping or white water rafting, you should ensure that your travel insurance covers these types of activities. You should check any exclusions, and that your policy covers you for the activities you want to undertake. Please see: Travel Insurance.
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New Zealand Country Profile
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