The Land >
think every person dreams of finding an enchanted place with beautiful
mountains and breathtaking coastlines, clear lakes and amazing
wildlife, but most people give up on it, because they've never been to
New Zealand"- US President, Bill Clinton, Queenstown, 1999.
Zealand is a world in miniature; in half day it is possible to
travel from coast to coast, from the surging surf of the Tasman
Sea to gilded crescent beaches of the Pacific Ocean. Nearly any
Landscape can be found.
Zealand lies in the Southwest Pacific, 2000 km to the west of
Australia and comparatively similar to Great Britain (269,000 sq
is split in two main islands, the winterless, tropical North and
the colder alpine South.
inland point is more than 120 km from sea, and you are always
close to a crystal clear Lake, a rapid River, or snow-capped
15,000 km of coastline surround the land; varying from long, easy
accessible sandy beaches, to spectacular fiords.
geopolitical terms it is a Jung Land and lies on the pacific
faultline, and the North Island was formed by volcanic
activity. The largest volcano, Mt Ruapehu, erupted in 1996
and 1997 and lies in the center of the North Island, an area full
of Geysers and thermal activity.
dominate the scenery in the South Island with the highest
mountain, Mt Cook, having a peak of 3,754 meters, surrounded by