New Zealand is one of the most photogenic places in the world. Even its Maori name, Aotearoa, the land of the long white cloud, sounds mystical and picturesque.
New Zealand is an island country situated only 1,500 kilometres east of Australia in the South-western region of the Pacific Ocean. It is divided into two main masses, the North and South Island, with numerous smaller islands dotted in-between. Due to its remoteness it is considered to be one of the last lands to be settled by man.
The ancient Polynesians settled New Zealand around 1250 CE and developed a uniquely Maori culture still prominent in today's society. During its long isolation New Zealand developed some very distinctive and unique plant and animal life, most notable are probably the unique species of flightless birds, such as the Kiwi.
New Zealand is home to a gorgeous variety of landscapes, from sharp mountain peaks to wide grassy plains. You can catch some perfect uncrowded waves in the morning and be skiing the slops in the afternoon. This varying topography played its part in crowning New Zealand the adventure sport capital of the world. From zorbing and white water rafting to sky diving and bungee jumping, New Zealand while keep your adrenaline pumping until you fly home.