Located in the south-western Pacific Ocean, the country island of New Zealand is one of the most beautiful places to visit in the world. Geographically, the country is split into two islands, the north and the south, however there are also a number of other smaller island that surround the coastline. At just under 2,000km from Australia, and 1,000km from Fiji, New Zealand is certainly a remote holidaying destination, however millions of tourists flock to the island every year to experience the dynamic culture, great food and spectacular beaches.
New Zealand was one of the last places in the world to be colonized by humans, with the Polynesians the first inhabitants from 1250-1300 CE. Furthermore, with the first European contact taking place in 1642 CE, it shows how isolated the island once was.
The first European settlers brought a number of Western goods and trade with them, causing mass inter-tribe wars between the island’s original inhabitants. In the mid-1800s, the Maori (the islands original settlers) and the British signed a treaty which made the island a colony of the British Empire.
Since then, tourism and immigrant numbers have skyrocketed, and conflicts between the Maori visitors to the island sharply increased. Reform soon swept New Zealand, with women getting the right to vote, political systems were put in place, and a welfare state was even introduced.
Since then, the New Zealanders have enjoyed one of the highest standards of living in the world. Due to the islands natural beauty and amazing landscapes, it remains one of the most popular holidaying destinations in the world. In case you’ve not already been sold and gone to book your flights to New Zealand, let’s take a look at some of the exciting activities to do, and sights to see.
Queenstown is a very popular place in New Zealand. Not only does it offer a place for adventurers to comes together and explore their surroundings, but it is also home to some of the best beaches on the island. From crystal clear waters and exotic sea life to rock climbing and kayaking, there are a number of great activities for tourists to experience in Queenstown. Additionally, you can take a trip further inland to see the huge glacier mountains and alpine lakes that surround Queensland.
Nelson and the Waimangu Volcanic Valley
Nelson can be found towards the south of New Zealand, and it is the home of the island’s best coastlines. If you’re a keen surfer, then you’ll definitely want to take a trip to Nelson, as it’s one of the hottest surfing spots in the world! From white sandy beaches to continuous sunshine, Nelson is a great place for tourists, offering world-class accommodation situated in one of the most beautiful landscapes on the island.
Then there’s Waimangu Volcanic Valley – one of the most unique places in the Pacific. Located in the Rotorua region of the island, the volcanic valley is the world’s youngest geothermal system, meaning it was created during a time where humans were able to document history. Born from a volcanic eruption hundreds of years ago, the sands around this volcano are warm and rich in nutrients, and the mud baths are also very popular with tourists too.