New Zealand combines the stunning beauty and idyllic quality of Pacific islands with a modern, developed urban landscape. Geographically speaking, New Zealand is composed of two main islands, the North and South Islands. Each island has its own character, both geographically and culturally, but both offer a plethora of sights to see and some of the most stunning natural beauty anywhere in the world. New Zealand is modern but retains an untouched quality. Because of how remote it is (around 1,000 kilometres south of New Caledonia, Tonga, and Fiji), it is one of the last places on earth to have been occupied by humans. Having been isolated from human settlers for such a long time, New Zealand’s flora and fauna are distinctive, as is its topography, resulting in a rugged natural beauty.
New Zealand’s first settlers were the Maori people of Polynesian descent. The Maori developed their own distinct culture on the islands. A few centuries later came the Europeans. Europeans now make up the majority of the population, with the population also including large minorities of Maori, Asian, and Pacific Islander descent. Because of New Zealand’s mostly European inhabitants and culture, the country will not seem unfamiliar to Westerners, but travellers can still encounter varying cultures, both indigenous and immigrant.
An escorted holiday such as those offered by Newmarket Holidays will cover the majority of the country’s highlights, both natural and cultural. Vibrant resort towns and major cities are only a short distance away from stunning natural vistas. New Zealand has everything from alpine regions to rainforests on the South Island. The North Island features a remarkable, unforgettable desert landscape at Tongariro National Park, with several volcanoes to see, as well as ancient thermal spas.
Travellers can experience the authentic Maori culture as well as encounter strange and exotic wildlife. The country’s seascapes are beautiful, while its cities offer travellers everything they could want from a modern city, including sophisticated accommodation for a good night’s rest and relaxation.
It is no wonder that New Zealand has been used for big-budget film production, given the diversity of its landscapes. Most famous of the movies shot in New Zealand are the “Lord of the Rings” films, which take full advantage of the variety of landscapes and the sheer beauty of New Zealand’s islands. An escorted holiday to New Zealand can be genuinely good-value, offering comfortable accommodation and informative tours while one takes in the natural beauty.