New Zealand tourist attractions map

 

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New Zealand is an island country located in the southwestern Pacific Ocean. The country geographically comprises two main landmasses ‒ that of the North and South Islands ‒ and numerous smaller islands.

During its long isolation, New Zealand developed a distinctive biodiversity of both animal and plant life. Most notable are the large number of unique bird species, many of which became extinct after the arrival of humans and introduced mammals. With a mild maritime climate, the land was mostly covered in forest. The country's varied topography and its sharp mountain peaks owe much to the tectonic uplift of land and volcanic eruptions caused by the Pacific and Indo-Australian Plates clashing beneath the earth's surface.

The South Island is famous for its dramatic landscapes and wildlife. The Southern Alps stretch almost the length of the island, sheltering glaciers and alpine lakes, not to mention world class ski fields. Incredible ‘sunken mountains’ of Fiordland and the Marlborough Sounds are easily explored by boat, while Kaikoura takes the prize for whale watching. And way down south you’ll find the untamed island of Rakiura (aka Stewart Island), a true haven of native wildlife.

Being a compact country means that all destinations are within two hours’ flight. Though it takes a bit longer, driving is a popular way to explore because you get to enjoy the stunning landscapes that linger around every corner.

 
 

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