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About New zealand

New zealand is an island country in the southwestern Pacific Ocean. New Zealand's capital city is Wellington, while its most populous city is Auckland. New Zealand is situated some 1,500 kilometres (900 mi) east of Australia across the Tasman Sea and roughly 1,000 kilometres (600 mi) south of the Pacific island areas of New Caledonia, Fiji, and Tonga.

 The country's varied topography and its sharp mountain peaks, such as the Southern Alps, owe much to the tectonic uplift of land and volcanic eruptions. New Zealand's culture is mainly derived from M?ori and early British settlers, with recent broadening arising from increased immigration. The country's economy was historically dominated by the export of wool, but exports of dairy products, meat, and wine, along with tourism, are more significant today.

Aoraki / Mount Cook

Aoraki / Mount Cook  is the highest mountain in New Zealand.  It lies in the Southern Alps, the mountain range which runs the length of the South Island. It is a popular tourist Destination.

It is also a favourite challenge for mountain climbers. Aoraki / Mount Cook consists of three summits lying slightly south and east of the main divide, the Low Peak, Middle Peak and High Peak, with the Tasman Glacier to the east and the Hooker Glacier to the west.

The settlement of Mount Cook Village is a tourist centre and base camp for the mountain. It is 7 km from the end of the Tasman Glacier and 12 km south of Aoraki / Mount Cook's summit. The park contains more than 140 peaks standing over 2,000 metres (6,600 ft) and 72 named glaciers, which cover 40 percent of the park's 700 square kilometres (170,000 acres).

Milford Sound

Milford Sound is in the south west of New Zealand's South Island. Rudyard Kipling had previously called it the eighth Wonder of the World.

It has been judged the world's top travel destination in an international survey. Milford Sound is named after Milford Haven in Wales, while the Cleddau River which flows into the sound is also named for its Welsh namesake. The beauty of this landscape draws thousands of visitors each day, with between 550,000 and 1 million visitors in total per year.

Almost all tourists going to the sound also take one of the boat tours which usually last one to two hours. They are offered by several companies, departing from the Milford Sound Visitors' Centre. There is also the option of extended overnight cruises on Milford Sound.Tramping, canoeing, and some other water sports are possible.

Abel Tasman National Park

Abel Tasman National Park  is a New Zealand national park. It is located between Golden Bay and Tasman Bay at the north end of the South Island.

The park was founded in 1942, largely through the efforts of ornithologist and author Perrine Moncrieff to have land reserved for the purpose.

Moncrieff served on the park board from 1943 to 1974.It is named after Abel Tasman, who in 1642 became the first European explorer to sight New Zealand and who anchored nearby in Golden Bay.

It consists of forested, hilly country to the north of the valleys of the Takaka and Riwaka Rivers, and is bounded to the north by the waters of Golden Bay and Tasman Bay. It contains some of the islands off the coast including the Tata Islands in Golden Bay, and Tonga Island, Adele Island, and Fisherman Island in Tasman Bay.


Queenstown  is a resort town in Otago in the south-west of New Zealand's South Island. A resort town, Queenstown boasted 220 adventure tourism activities in 2012.

Skiing and snowboarding, jet boating, whitewater rafting, bungy jumping, mountain biking, skateboarding, tramping, paragliding, sky diving and fly fishing are all popular. Queenstown and the surrounding area contains many locations used in the filming of the Lord of the Rings film trilogy.

Locations used include Paradise near Glenorchy, at the head of Lake Wakatipu. Queenstown is a major centre for snow sports in New Zealand, with people from all over the country and many parts of the world travelling to ski at the four main mountain ski fields .


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