As one of the last places on the planet to be settled, New Zealand is a place unlike any other. The unique, famous Maori culture permeates the islands that now also feature minorities of Asian and Pacific Islander descent as well as a European majority. This cultural mix makes for a cultural vibrancy that adds to the appeal of the stunning, unspoiled natural beauty of the islands. The country is particularly appealing to travellers because it combines the idyll of the Pacific and its one of a kind beauty with modern and developed infrastructure and cities. The geographical and cultural character of the North and South islands differ, but each region of New Zealand, let alone each island, has many sights to see and experiences to be had.
Although it is a modern and highly developed country, New Zealand is far from overpopulated. This is good news for travellers as it means that the country is not overdeveloped and has not had its natural beauty spoiled. Still, it retains urban appeal as well as rural; man-made fascinations as well as natural ones. As part of its long isolation, New Zealand developed vegetation and wildlife distinct from that found in the rest of the world. The topography of the country is also distinct, notable for rugged natural beauty as well as a wide diversity of terrain. It should come as no surprise that New Zealand was so isolated from the rest of the world and for so long – it is, after all, around 1,000 kilometres south of the Pacific islands of New Caledonia, Fiji and Tonga.
Because New Zealand was first settled by the Maori and only a few centuries later by Europeans, travellers will find that they will encounter interesting and unique culture on the islands. They will also feel at home as Westerners while being able to witness and experience the unique culture of the Maoris, and also of the Asian and Pacific Islander minorities, and what they have contributed to the modern country that is New Zealand.
Leading UK travel specialist Newmarket Holidays offers escorted holidays to New Zealand that enables travellers to experience the best New Zealand has to offer culturally and in terms of nature. Customers will experience safe and comfortable travel, quality accommodations and enjoy the country itself, where bustling resorts and major cities are never far from beautiful natural landscapes.