6 Reasons to Visit New Zealand

With its stunning landscapes, tranquil pace of life, and rich history New Zealand is not a place to miss. Here are 6 reasons to visit the “Land of the Long White Cloud.”

Nature New Zealand was the last major landmass to be populated (with the exception of the polar regions), and is one of the lesser-populated countries in the world. About one-third of the country is protected national parks. From rainforests to alpine lakes and pristine beaches to deep fjords, it’s a nature lover’s dream come true!

 Milford Mitre Peak

Milford Mitre Peak

Wind & Waves No matter where you are in New Zealand, you’ll never be more than 128 km from the seaside. For such a small looking country, New Zealand has the 9th longest coastline in the world, with a length of  9,404 miles (15,134 km). Plus, over half of the marine mammals in the world are present in New Zealand and thankfully our community partner Project Jonah is there to help protect them!

 Cathedral Cove Photo Credit: Andy Belcher

Cathedral Cove Photo Credit: Andy Belcher

Women-led New Zealand was the first country to have its three top positions of power held simultaneously by women: The Prime Minister (Helen Clark), the Governor General (Dame Silvia Cartwright), and the Chief Justice (Sian Elias). AND New Zealand became the first country to give women the right to vote in 1893.

 Anorak Lake Pukaki Photo Credit: Will Patino

Anorak Lake Pukaki Photo Credit: Will Patino

Fauna New Zealand does not have any dangerous or poisonous animals (with the one tiny exception of the Katipo Spider). There aren’t even land snakes, native or introduced, and the only land mammals native to NZ are bats. All other animals were introduced by Maoris and Europeans, including sheep which there are 9 of for every person. Of all the population in the country, only 5% is human — the highest animal to human population in the world.

 New Zealander’s name-sake - the native kiwi bird.

New Zealander’s name-sake - the native kiwi bird.

Auckland is the largest Polynesian city in the world and is also known as “The City of Sails” and has more boats per capita than anywhere else in the world. One in three Auckland households own a boat. Auckland is also one of the most affordable cities in the world to live in.

 Dolphins in the Auckland harbor.

Dolphins in the Auckland harbor.

Culture New Zealand is home to the Polynesian Maori culture, who inhabited the island more than 1,000 years ago and account for 14% of the population. Listen to stories of myth and legend, learn about their pottery and textile traditions, and enjoy a hangi feast!

 A traditional Maori welcome.

A traditional Maori welcome.

Want to visit New Zealand? Join us there, and be sure to check out our community partner Project Jonah!