New Zealand has its overly English green appearance with breathtaking mountains and lakes, forests bombarded waterfalls and geysers but with Maori, Polynesian and European influences, it has created a wonderful blend of cultures.
As you approach New Zealand by sea the first sighting of the country is a 'long white cloud', which in fact are the dramatic snow-capped Southern Alps. When travelling from one island to the other you feel that you have experienced two different parts of the world with a diverse landscape like no other country in the world. New Zealand lies on the southern rim of the Pacific Ocean, where a rich tapestry of Maori, Polynesian and European influences has created a wonderful blend of cultures.
This is a region rich in pristine beaches, rugged headlands, thick Kauri forests and enchanting deserted islands, surrounded by turquoise waters. This is where it all began, the birthplace of the Nation and cradle of the country, which is steeped in historical association.
With an enviable harbour setting over which spans the stunning harbour bridge linking the cosmopolitan downtown area to the north shore, Auckland is the country's largest city. This is the 'ity of Sails, where the three 'b's', boats, beaches and barbecues, conjure up an enviable aquatic paradise.
An English garden city prevails in Christchurch, full of charm, blossoming flowers, with the gentle flowing Avon River providing a surreal quiet backdrop, a hidden paradise can be found in Akaroa, which still has a distinct style of a former French settlement.
A Dramatic coastline leads to the Southern Alps and some of the most impressive and rewarding scenery the country has to offer. Stunning isolated beaches, fascinating wildlife and interesting geological features all make this an island of ineffable charm and define the beauty of New Zealand.
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