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A Glimpse of New Zealand

Updated on December 2, 2017
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Lake Wakatipu, QueenstownCuba Mall, Wellington, the Coolest Capital.Sheep in a farm near Queenstown
Lake Wakatipu, Queenstown
Lake Wakatipu, Queenstown
Cuba Mall, Wellington, the Coolest Capital.
Cuba Mall, Wellington, the Coolest Capital.
Sheep in a farm near Queenstown
Sheep in a farm near Queenstown

An Introduction to New Zealand

New Zealand, or Godzone, a term shortened from a title of a poem, 'God's Own Country', by Thomas Bracken in the 1880s, is used to refer to its many beautiful aspects -- landscape, climate and social equality.

Aotearoa, meaning 'Land of the Long White Cloud', is the Maori name for New Zealand. It is believed that more than a 1000 years ago, the Maori people arrived on canoes from a South Pacific homeland known as Hawaiki. They were the first settlers who developed a very successful soceity. European migration began in the 18th and 19th centuries.

New Zealand is located 1900 kilometres east of Australia in the South Pacific Ocean. It is similar in size to Britain and Japan and has two main islands – North and South, a thirds smaller island called Stewart Island, and a number of small islands. It is mostly farmland and more than a quarter is forest area. Hence, whichever way you turn, you encounter a beautiful scene with greenery everywhere. The people of New Zealand are called Kiwis and all things Kiwi come under the generic name of Kiwiana

Size

New Zealand is an independent nation and a member of the Commonwealth of Nations. Comparable in size to the United Kingdom, the Philippines and Colorado in the USA, it has a diverse multicultural population of 4 million people. New Zealand’s indigenous Maori, a Polynesian people, make up around 15% of the population. Extensive areas have been set aside as national parks, including Fiordland, Aoraki/Mt Cook and Tongariro. Wellington, is the capital city of New Zealand.

Wildlife

Protected offshore islands and oceanic reserves ensure New Zealand’s unique plants and wildlife are preserved. Its wildlife includes the kiwi, a flightless bird, unique varieties of parrots, frogs and reptiles. New Zealand has no native land mammals other than bats. There are no snakes.

North Island

The North Island has New Zealand’s largest lake, Lake Taupo (606 sq km), longest river, Waikato (425 km), and most of the countries volcanoes – Ruapehu, Ngauruhoe an Tongariro – all of them usually quiet. Hot springs, geysers and mudpools also form part of the volcanic system centred around Rotorua.

South Island

Here one of the most striking features is the Southern Alps, these along with the fiords, glaciers and lakes, the coastal plains of Canterbury and Southland, add to the variety of the scenery. New Zealand’s deepest lake, Lake Hauroko (462m) and deepest cave (Nettlebed, 889m) are also located in the South Island.

New Zealand is beautiful with lots of trees and flowers everywhere
New Zealand is beautiful with lots of trees and flowers everywhere

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A Panoramic view of Auckland from the north shore.
A Panoramic view of Auckland from the north shore.

Auckland

The first impression one has after flying from India and landing in Auckland is ‘Where are the people?!’ New Zealand has a population of around 4.2 million and Auckland has 1.3 million, so one can imagine how sparsely populated it must be compared to India which has a population of 1 Billion and more. One has to go to the main shopping area like Queen Street to see people.

Auckland is the gateway to New Zealand and is a harbour city with spectacular views and breathtaking scenery. It has an average of 245 days of sunshine per year, the average summer temperature being 20° C and in winter 13°C, which is quite pleasant. Summer is from December to March and is of course the best time to visit. It is New Zealand’s largest city and has volcanic hills dotted all over it maintained beautifully for people to climb up and explore leisurely both by car or just walking up. The city centre, around Queen Street is a shopper’s paradise with a fascinating mix of up market boutique shops and small specialist stores.

About the Author

Sushma Webber lives in New Zealand and is an entrepreneur. She has worked as a volunteer in many not-for-profit organizations. She is interested in creating a balance in life between the physical, emotional, mental and spiritual aspects. She is interested in mindful awareness practices, Zen practices and translating these in daily life at work in front of the computer and during various activities of her life.

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      Sushma Webber 

      5 years ago from New Zealand

      Thanks for your kind words Sunil. Please let me know what you think about the hubs on yoga.

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      Sunil Kumar Kunnoth 

      5 years ago from Calicut (Kozhikode, South India)

      Thank you for sharing your knowledge here. I also find you are doing a wonderful service to promote our Yoga. All your efforts are appreciated. I must give time to read some of your hubs, which I will do in due course. Wish you all the best.

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      soumyasrajan 

      7 years ago from Mumbai India and often in USA

      Nice article Sushma! Nice pictures. I like that first picture on top. I did not realize that Auckland is so big.

      It reminds me of an incident some body narrated to me in USA. One of his friends once sat in a plane to go to Auckland only after an hour or so he realized that plane is going to Auckland but no in Texas it is is New Zeeland.

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      kea 

      9 years ago

      Hola you cheeky buggers! I love New Zealand and can't wait to go back! I recently went to the South Island and hiked a lot of the Great Hikes there. I love Wanaka and Queenstown!

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      dinesh 

      10 years ago

      hi every bdy

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      Sushma Webber 

      10 years ago

      Dear Suparna akka,

      Thanks for joining the 'fan club'. Yes is this is a good way to keep in touch. I do have a lot to share about this country.

      regards Sushma

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      ssuparna 

      10 years ago

      Hi Sush,

      I just signed up as your fan. Thanks for the info. We'll keep each other updated through the blog and the hub. Say hello to Simon. :-)

      Cheers

      Suparna

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