About new zealand

"Crazy - senseless; impractical; totally unsound"

DIVERSITY - The quality of being made of many different elements, forms, kinds, or individuals

CONTRAST –the difference or degree of difference between things having similar or comparable natures.

Nature at it’s best and most diverse

North Island – Cape Rienga and Bay of Islands with its sandy beaches. The boiling mud and geysers and Coromandel peninsula with its hot water beach

South Island–

Fjordland and West Coast – rainforests, mountains, deep fjordland glaciers

Bird Life- From flightless birds ( the kiwi, penguin, takehe and weka) to Albatross with a wingspan over 9 feet!

Flora – There are mammoth Kauri trees to the tiniest minute aquatic plant.

New Zealand City Life

Contrasting Cities –
Auckland - This is New Zealand's largest city. It has a population of 1 million people, and close on half of everyone in the country lives within about 100 miles of Auckland Its Home to European settlers, pacific Polynesians, Maori and more. One in three households has a sail boat. And popular belief says there are more sheep than people in NZ. There are modern cities to towns so small they need a four denominational church!

Napier – The city devastated by an earthquake and fire in 1931. Rebuilt, it is home to the largest concentration of art deco buildings in the world. Christchurch - often called the most English city outside of England.

Akaroa – was once a French settlement. You can still see the French influence today.

Dunedin – was originally settled by Scots and has its own castle.

Queenstown - is a year round resort area. Jet boating to Skiing and snowboarding. The adventure capital of the world.

The Arts – Find Maori art both old and contemporary. The museum in Auckland has a large old Maori canoe. Te Papa museum in Wellington has Pacific Cultures, natural environment, New Zealand history and more.
Craft shops are all over the country selling everything from wood turned bowls, weavings, pottery, woolen goods and beautiful blown glassware to jade and Paua jewelry. Theater, tongue-in-cheek performances and exhibitions are common.

Food and Wine – New Zealand food and wine have finally come into their own. Everything from fish and chips to the finest gourmet fare. Pair the food with fine New Zealand wine or one of their many local beers.