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New Zealand, an island nation in the southwestern Pacific Ocean, is one of the top holiday destinations in the world. New Zealand boasts a clean green natural image, stunning scenery, LOTR film setting, adventure, culture and value for money. Lonely Planet rates New Zealand very highly as a great value destination for tourists.
Comparable in size and/or shape to Great Britain, Colorado or Japan, New Zealand has a population of just over 4 million making it one of the least crowded countries in the world. New Zealand is a haven for those seeking peace, rejuvenation and relaxation as well as a playground for thrill seekers and adventurers.
Made up of two main islands (called the North Island and the South Island), with several smaller islands, New Zealand is a place of spectacularly beautiful landscape, including vast mountain chains, steaming volcanoes, sweeping coastlines, deeply indented fiords and lush rainforests.
New Zealanders have a unique and dynamic culture, with European, Maori, Pacific and Asian influences. The indigenous Maori language name for New Zealand is Aotearoa, commonly translated as "The Land of the Long White Cloud".
Northern New Zealand enjoys a subtropical climate. Southern New Zealand has a temperate climate.
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