About New Zealand

New Zealand or Aotearoa (Land of the long white cloud), truly is one of the most picturesque and photogenic places on earth. A small island population of just over 4.5 million people, New Zealand is made up of two major land called (North Island and South Island) and a number of smaller islands including Stewart Island located in the South Western Pacific Ocean. The two main islands are divided by stretch of water called the Cook Strait.
New Zealand is located approximately 1,500km east of Australia and about 1,000km from the Pacific Islands. Due to its relative remoteness and being water locked, New Zealand was one of the last countries to be found and settled.

The country is made up of some of the world’s most spectacular landscapes, from vast mountain ranges, steaming volcanoes to sweeping coastlines. It is a natural playground for holiday makers and adventurers and those who simply want to visit for the culture and landscapes. The amazing Māori historic sites as well as beautiful colonial-era buildings – dotted throughout the country. A travel around any New Zealand city today shows what a culturally diverse and fascinating country we are………!

Māori were the first to arrive in New Zealand, journeying in canoes from Hawaiki about 1,000 years ago. In 1840, the Treaty of Waitangi was signed, an agreement between the British Crown and Maori. It established British law in New Zealand and is considered New Zealand’s founding document and an important part of the country’s history. The building where the treaty was signed has been preserved and, today, the Waitangi Treaty Grounds are a popular attraction.

New Zealand known as the “land of the long white cloud” with its pristine lakes and stunning clean green mountains weaves a spell around all who travel to see the place. Irrespective of Age and Gender there’s always something for everyone. Simmering in between its old fashioned ‘Englishness’ and Alpine scenery, is a melting pot of more than 26 Cultures from around the world that have made New Zealand their home. This combined with the fact that New Zealanders are the most natural hosts with their obsession over sports and adventure makes New Zealand a very appealing destination for travelers.

Adventure is all about getting out into the wild, pushing your limits and going places you only ever dreamed of. When it comes to adventure tourism New Zealand offers it all amidst the spectacular landscape of Bush, tussock, and Mountain Rivers; many adventures in one fantastic compact location, a perfect destination for time poor travelers.

For the young and restless who seek the adrenalin thrills, New Zealand offers some of the most scenic Bungee jumps and Black and White water rafting around the Country. If you’ve got a head for heights you can take the plunge from the sky either skydiving or paragliding and soar into some of the world’s most scenic locations.

With its breathtakingly beautiful rugged scenery; this vibrant country offers the most natural options for Rock Climbing, Jet Skiing, Hiking, Horse trekking and Mountain Biking. These activities can lead you to into the heart of the isolated and untouched wilderness only kissed by the beautiful hand of nature.

For travelers with a yearning to get off the beaten track Kayaking around the pristine lakes of New Zealand is a great way to start your journey of discovery, and connect with the ‘real New Zealand’.

For those travelers with average fitness there are plenty of multi-activity tours on offer that provide unhurried travel, the intimacy of small groups, opportunities to get off the beaten track to see New Zealand as the locals do, experience kiwi hospitality and enjoy the comfort of quality accommodation.

We at Taprobane Tours are dedicated to making your dream holiday come true. Come see and experience New Zealand through our eyes and we will take you on a personalised journey where the food is plentiful, the road is wide open and everyone has a story to share.

Capital: Wellington
Commercial center: Auckland
Area: 268,021 sq kms
Highest Peak: Aoraki / Mount Cook – 3724 meters
Longest River: Waikato River – 425 Km
Climate: A largely temperate climate. While the far north has subtropical weather during summer, and inland alpine areas of the South Island can be as cold as -10 C in winter, most of the country lies close to the coast, which means mild temperatures, moderate rainfall, and abundant sunshine.
Rainy / Winter Seasons: May to September
Population: 4.5 million
Languages: English and Maori
Religion: Christianity
Time: New Zealand is 12 hours ahead of Greenwich Time (GMT +12)
International Airport: Auckland, Wellington and Christchurch
Currency: New Zealand Dollar

Land of the long white cloud