New Zealand Travel

New Zealand is a land of stunning landscapes and coastline, and a unique culture.


Situated in the southwestern Pacific Ocean, New Zealand is mainly comprised of two main large islands - the North and South Islands, and one smaller island - Stewart Island, as well as numerous smaller islands including the Chatham Islands. New Zealand is known as Aotearoa meaning "Land of the long white cloud".

New Zealand is a country dominated by towering peaks, long sandy beaches, exotic natural bush, sparkling lakes, and an extraordinary array of flora and fauna because of its isolation from the rest of the world. These values make New Zealand a haven for outdoor activities as well as a great place to unwind and take it all in.

The New Zealander is also known as a "Kiwi" (named after the national bird). Kiwi's have a unique and dynamic culture with influences from it's mostly European, Maori, Asian, and Pacific inhabitants. Kiwi's are known for their friendliness, honesty and openness.

Each region of New Zealand is unique and quite different from each other in culture, landscape, and scenery. There are fourteen National Parks which protect the natural assets of the country and there are many outdoor activities available to explore the beauty and grandeur of these parks.

There are so many "must do" activities and experiences to try when traveling through New Zealand. We have listed only a small few in our New Zealand blog entries. Be sure to check out our whole Kiwiana 2006 tour here.

Here are some more links for New Zealand:
Pictures and Information about New Zealand
Bilder aus Neuseeland (German Site)


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photo of Scottish Heritage In Dunedin New Zealand Scottish Heritage In Dunedin New Zealand
A fine day in the Edinburgh of the South - Dunedin, and the Catlins in Otago, New Zealand.
After spending a day travelling down south plus another full day to catch up with emails etc, we...
photo of Kauri Forests Of Northland Kauri Forests Of Northland
A walk through ancient Kauri Forests then a drive to the top of New Zealand.
Our first mission this morning was to capture the sheer size of an ancient 1,200 year old Kauri...
photo of Adventure On White Island In The Bay Of Plenty Adventure On White Island In The Bay Of Plenty
A walk about on White Island, a marine volcano situated 50kms off-shore from Whakatane in the Bay of Plenty, New Zealand.
Yesterday we drove from Napier to Gisborne then to Whakatane. Our journey took us through beautiful...
photo of Beaches Of The Abel Tasman National Park Beaches Of The Abel Tasman National Park
Kayaking the diverse coastline of the beautiful Abel Tasman National Park from Marahau, New Zealand.
Along the way, Wade is providing some interesting history about the Dutch Explorer Abel Tasman,...
photo of Catlins To Banks Peninsula South Island Catlins To Banks Peninsula South Island
Second to last day on the road on the south Island of New Zealand.
A short entry today ... we drove a long, long way from the Catlins to close to Akaroa on the Banks...
photo of Lupin Highlights Of Lake Tekapo Lupin Highlights Of Lake Tekapo
We couldn't refuse a brief photo stop at the beautiful Lake Tekapo with its banks draped with a coloured medley of Russell Lupins.
Setting out from Otematata, we head in the general direction of Mt Cook passing by Lake Benmore and...
photo of Alpine Pacific Triangle Touring Route South Island Alpine Pacific Triangle Touring Route South Island
Returning to the Kaikoura Coast via the scenic Alpine Pacific Triangle Touring Route from Hanmer Springs.
After breakfast, we headed back along the Lewis Pass road towards Hanmer Springs, to check out the...
photo of Rugged West Coast On The South Island Rugged West Coast On The South Island
From Karamea to the Pancake Rocks in Punakaiki on the West Coast.
After hooking up to the internet (albeit extremely slow) and catching up with laundry in Westport,...
photo of Whales And Sunsets In Kaikoura Whales And Sunsets In Kaikoura
A stunning flight over a sperm whale then the day is topped off by a stunning coastal sunset.
After a brief orientation of the Kaikoura townsite on this bright and sunny day, including a walk...
photo of New Plymouth And The Taranaki Region New Plymouth And The Taranaki Region
Round Mt Egmont and New Plymouth in the Taranaki region on New Years eve.
We decided on the "Round the Mountain" route/itinerary today, so leaving Cape Egmont Lighthouse we...
photo of Exploring The Waitaki District Exploring The Waitaki District
From whale bone fossils to hoodoos, we explore the interesting geology of the Waitaki in the South Island.
After a morning of catching up on emails, we set off to explore a little of the expansive Waitaki...
photo of Beaches And Forests Of Northland Beaches And Forests Of Northland
From the outskirts of the ever expanding city of Auckland to the beaches of Northland.
Another day of mostly driving to get to the famous Waipoua Forest or nearby. Northland is known for...
photo of Marlborough Sounds To The Abel Tasman Marlborough Sounds To The Abel Tasman
The magical Marlborough Sounds and pristine Abel Tasman, New Zealand.
Yesterday (Dec 11, 2006) we travelled from our heavenly location of Titirangi Bay to Nelson for a...
photo of Booming Coromandel Peninsula Booming Coromandel Peninsula
A drive down the eastern side of the booming Coromandel Peninsula on the North Island of New Zealand.
I mention the weather a lot I know, that's because it plays a huge role in our travels and...
photo of Catlins Forest In The Deep South Catlins Forest In The Deep South
An interesting drive from Milford Sound to the Catlins on the South Island of New Zealand.
We woke to the sight of fresh snow on the mountains which surrounded us and more rain where we...
photo of A Day With Marine Mammals In Kaikoura A Day With Marine Mammals In Kaikoura
An encounter with Dusky Dolphins along the Kaikoura Coast of the South Island, New Zealand.
Today required an early start, with our first excursion beginning at 5:30am. By prior arrangement...
photo of Farewell To Oamaru And New Zealand Farewell To Oamaru And New Zealand
Time to move on to the next chapter as we farewell our comfy base of Oamaru and New Zealand - for a little while anyway!
It's time to pack the bags again and just in time as autumn starts to creep through New Zealand....
photo of North To Taranaki New Zealand North To Taranaki New Zealand
A long drive north to a region dominated by a sleeping giant - Mt Taranaki a dormant volcano.
A long drive lay ahead of us today, plus we needed to take care of some house keeping, so we left...
photo of Wet And Cold On The West Coast Wet And Cold On The West Coast
A drive through look at the West Coast of the South Island of New Zealand.
After basically being tossed out of the camp facilities with toothbrush still in mouth, in the name...
photo of New Zealand Bound New Zealand Bound
New Zealand - land of the long white cloud, Aotearoa, Down Under, Kiwiland, God\'s Own - that\'s where we\'re headed!
With the majority of our plans in place we're now ready to leave for our trip to New...
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