Host country: New Zealand
New Zealand is a small South Pacific nation renowned for its inventiveness, adventurousness and sporting acumen.
Famous 'Kiwis' (the name New Zealanders give themselves) include conqueror of Everest Sir Edmund Hillary,
splitter of the atom Ernest Rutherford, America's Cup and Whitbread Round the World yachtsman Sir Peter Blake,
supermodel Rachel Hunter, actors Sam Neill and Lucy Lawless, musicians Crowded House, diva Dame Kiri Te Kanawa,
athletes John Walker and Peter Snell, and the All Blacks rugby team.
Consistently one of the world's top destinations
Talented and friendly people are not the only attraction in this island nation. New Zealand has some of the most spectacular scenery in the world, and renowned for being clean and green.
The main things people ask about New Zealand are:
- where is it? New Zealand is on the southern rim of the Pacific Ocean, just three hours flying time from Australia.
- what is the climate like? Ranging from warm sub-tropical in the north of the country, to a temperate climate in the south. Being in the Southern Hemisphere, the seasons are reversed to those in the United States and Europe, with spring beginning in September.
- what is the main language? English is the main language spoken by New Zealand's 3.6 million people with almost every other world language spoken by some members of the nation's cosmopolitan population.
- how developed is New Zealand? It is one of the world's developed nations, and is a key representative on almost all of the major international organisations, such as the UN.
- how large is New Zealand? It's about the same size as the United Kingdom, Japan or California
One of the most cosmopolitan and beautiful cities in New Zealand is Christchurch,
the home of the Fringe Games.
More information about tourism in New Zealand.
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