New Zealand

Traveling New Zealand


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Traveling New Zealand

North Island

Traveling in New Zealand is a different experience than traveling in Europe, the U.S., and Australia.  The country stretches across two narrow islands divided by the Cook Straits.  More than 70% of the country’s 4.4 million population live on the smaller  north island including the largest city, Auckland, with 1.3 million residents.  The capital, Wellington, is on a southern harbor that leads to the Cook Straits and the southern Pacific Ocean.

South Island

The south island is sparsely populated with jagged mountain ranges running in a general northeast to southwest orientation. One of the most prominent features on the south islands are the Southern Alps and 12,000 ft. Mt. Cook, the highest mountain peak in the country. Between the mountain ranges are glaciers, picturesque valleys, rain forests, lakes, and rivers.

The largest national park in New Zealand is Fjordlands National…

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