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New Zealand.

New Zealand Facts & Information

 Location Oceania, islands in the South Pacific Ocean, southeast of Australia
 Climate Temperate with sharp regional contrasts
 Terrain Predominately mountainous with some large coastal plains
 Population 4,035,461
 Nationality New Zealand
 Ethnic groups European 69.8%, Maori 7.9%, Asian 5.7%, Pacific islander 4.4%, other 0.5%, mixed 7.8%, unspecified 3.8%
 Religions Anglican 14.9%, Roman Catholic 12.4%, Presbyterian 10.9%, Methodist 2.9%, Pentecostal 1.7%, Baptist 1.3%, other Christian 9.4%, other 3.3%, unspecified 17.2%, none 26%
 Languages English (official), Maori (official)
 Government Type Parliamentary democracy
 Capital Wellington
 Currency New Zealand dollar (NZD)
 Description of Flag Blue with the flag of the UK in the upper hoist-side quadrant with four red five-pointed stars edged in white centered in the outer half of the flag; the stars represent the Southern Cross constellation
 New Zealand Flag Flag of New Zealand

More Information
 www.cia.gov

 

New Zealand Culture

New Zealand is full of rich culture and beautiful tradition. The indigenous Maori people contribute a great amount to the vibrancy and diversity found throughout the country. The Maori affect the language, arts and accents of every citizen. Making up over 14 percent of the population, this group of people has a major impact on New Zealand life and makes this country unique to the world.

The New Zealand people are very educated and lead cosmopolitan lifestyles. With its location deep and isolated in the South Pacific, the people have to be individualists and self-reliant. They also welcome their heritage and you can find this evident in everything they do.

More Information:
 www.state.gov

 

New Zealand Shopping

New Zealand offers a variety of shopping, but with limited hours. Most stores are open from 9am to 5pm, Monday to Friday, and just some are open on Saturday and Sunday.

Despite these hours, you will find numerous options from arts and craft markets to exquisite galleries filled with beautiful Maori carvings made from wood, bone

and jade. You will also find jewelry and ornaments made from the paua shell, a souvenir indigenous to New Zealand.

If you are looking for home or office decorations, New Zealand is well recognized for its stunning pottery work, as well as its ornamental stone, wood glass and metal artwork. With its large wool industry, you will find many hand-knitted wool sweaters. If you knit yourself, pick up some homespun yarns and sheepskins, which is of top quality.

For those fashionistas, boutique stores align Auckland’s streets full of world-known name brands and New Zealand’s own labels: Zambesi, NomD, Karen Walker and World.

 

New Zealand Restaurants

We’ve provided listings for some of the top restaurants in New Zealand including Ashburton, Arrowtown, Rotorua and more. You’ll find lavish gourmet restaurants, affordable restaurants serving up good food, and everything in between. Sample traditional New Zealand cuisine or other specialty cuisines that are sure to make your taste buds happy.

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  Choose a New Zealand Restaurant Location  
  Arrowtown Ashburton Auckland  
  Blenheim Cambridge Christchurch  
  Dunedin Fox Glacier Hokitika  
  Franz Josef Gisborne Kaikoura  
  Napier Nelson New Plymouth  
  Dewmarket Paihia Palmerston  
  North Picton Queenstown  
  Rotorua Takapuna Taupo  
  Tauranga Te Anau Wanaka  
  Wellington Whangarei    

 


New Zealand Travel Guides
 Frommer's New Zealand
 Lonely Planet New Zealand
 Let's Go New Zealand
 Fodors New Zealand