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Destination New Zealand, a virtual travel guide to Aotearoa, the Land of the Long White Cloud. This page aims to give you a broad overview of New Zealand's art, culture, people, environment, geography, history, economy and government.
Beside a country profile with facts and figures, the page contains links to sources which provide you with all the information you need to know about this islands nation in the South Pacific, e.g.: official web sites of New Zealand, addresses of New Zealand and foreign embassies, domestic airlines, city- and country guides with extensive travel and tourism information on accommodation, tourist attractions, events and more like weather information, maps, statistics and local newspapers from New Zealand.

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New Zealand - Aotearoa

Country Profile

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The Polynesian Maori reached New Zealand in about A.D. 800. In 1840, their chieftains entered into a compact with Britain, the Treaty of Waitangi, in which they ceded sovereignty to Queen Victoria while retaining territorial rights. In that same year, the British began the first organized colonial settlement. A series of land wars between 1843 and 1872 ended with the defeat of the native peoples.
The British colony of New Zealand became an independent dominion in 1907 and supported the UK militarily in both World Wars.
New Zealand's full participation in a number of defense alliances lapsed by the 1980s.
In recent years, the government has sought to address longstanding Maori grievances.
(Source: CIA - The World Factbook)

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Official Name:
New Zealand - Aotearoa
abbreviation: NZ

ISO Country Code: nz

Local Time = UTC +12h
DST October - March (+13h)
Actual Time: Mon-Mar-2  00:30

Country Calling Code: +64

Capital City: Wellington (pop. 400 000)

Other Cities: Auckland (1.3 million), Christchurch (339 000), Hamilton (182 000)

Type: Parliamentary democracy.
Constitution: No formal, written constitution.
Independence: Declared a dominion in 1907.
Chief of State: Queen Elizabeth II
Dependent areas: Cook Islands, Niue, Tokelau.

Location: Oceania, islands in the South Pacific Ocean, southeast of Australia.
Area: 270,467 km² (104,427 sq. mi.)
Terrain: Varied, from snowcapped mountains to lowland plains.

Climate: with sharp regional contrasts from temperate to subtropical.

Nationality: Noun--New Zealander(s). Adjective--New Zealand.
Population: 4.4 million (2012)
GNI per capita PPP: $ 24 805 (year)
Ethnic groups: European 75%, Maori 15%, other Polynesian 6.5%.
Religions: Christian
Languages: English, Maori.
Literacy: 99%

Natural resources: Natural gas, iron ore, sand, coal, timber, hydropower, gold, limestone.

Agriculture products: Wheat, barley, potatoes, pulses, fruits, vegetables; wool, beef, lamb and mutton, dairy products; fish.

Industries: Food processing, wood and paper products, textiles, machinery, transportation equipment, banking and insurance, tourism, mining.

Exports partners: Australia 21%, USA 14.4%, Japan 11.3%, China 5.7%, UK 4.7% (2004)

Imports partners: Australia 22.4%, USA 11.3%, Japan 11.2%, China 9.7%, Germany 5.2% (2004)

Currency: New Zealand Dollar (NZD)

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Official Sites of New Zealand

New Zealand Government Online
Entrance to all New Zealand Government web sites.

Governor General of New Zealand
Web site of The Right Honourable Sir Michael Hardie Boys, GNZM, GCMG, the personal representative of the Head of State, Queen Elizabeth II of New Zealand.

Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet

The New Zealand Parliament

Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade - Manatu Aorere Aotearoa
Official website of the ministry.

Diplomatic Missions
New Zealand Mission to the UN
Permanent mission of New Zealand to the United Nations.
New Zealand Diplomatic Post Finder (
The official address for New Zealand embassies, high commissions and representative offices.
Overseas Representatives to New Zealand
Address list of foreign Diplomatic Missions.

Statistics New Zealand - Te Tari Tatau
The major source of official New Zealand statistics.

 Map of New Zealand
Political Map of New Zealand.
Google Earth Google Earth Map New Zealand
Searchable map and satellite view of New Zealand.
Google Earth Google Earth Map Wellington
Searchable map and satellite view of New Zealand's capital.
Google Earth Google Earth Map Auckland
Searchable map and satellite view of New Zealand's largest city.
Google Earth Ruapehu District
With Mt. Ruapehu an active volcano within the Tongariro National Park.

profile Oceania Map
Reference map of Australia/Oceania.


New Zealand News

Wellington-based daily.
NZ News.
The New Zealand Herald
New Zealand's largest newspaper with national and international news.
Otago Daily Times
Online edition with New Zealand and South Pacific News.
The Press
Christchurch-based daily.
The Sunday Star Times
Auckland-based weekly.

New Zealand Press Association
News agency.


Arts & Culture

Creative New Zealand - Arts Council of New Zealand
Government organisation responsible for developing the arts in New Zealand.
National Library of New Zealand
Collect and maintain literature and information resources that relate to New Zealand and the Pacific.
The National Tattoo Museum of New Zealand
Museum about the historic growth of Tattoo in New Zealand.
NZ Culture
Site about New Zealand's culture.
The New Zealand Edge
E-magazine including stories of heroic New Zealanders.
The New Zealand Symphony Orchestra
Te Papa
The Museum of New Zealand.
Whitecliffe College of Art & Design
International art school.

Web Culture
webgrrls aotearoa
Encourages women to participate in Information Technologies.


Business & Economy

Bank of New Zealand
National Bank of New Zealand
Reserve Bank of New Zealand

New Zealand Stock Exchange

New Zealand Chambers of Commerce, The
Gateway to regional Chambers.

Kiwiana - Kiwi Products
Kiwiana Products.
Otorohanga, Kiwiana Town
Kiwiana Icons.

Air New Zealand
Air New Zealand Limited.
Christchurch International Airport
International airport in the South Island.
Dunedin International Airport

Interislander - New Zealand's Ferries
Official website for Interislander & The Lynx ferry services between North & South Islands.
Ports of Auckland
Official website with information about New Zealand's largest port.

Taieri Gorge Railway, Dunedin
Scenic and historic railway operating from Dunedin.
Tranz Scenic
New Zealand railways, tourism via rail travel.

Intercity Coachlines
New Zealand Bus Travel.
The Coastal Pacific
The Coastal Pacific ©

Destination New Zealand - Travel and Tour Guides

Discover New Zealand: North Island, South Island, Glaciers, Volcanoes, Hauraki Gulf, Kawau Island, Rangitoto Island, Waiheke Island, Wellington, Auckland, Christchurch, Dunedin, Hamilton.
Accommodation, hotels, attractions, festivals, events, tourist boards, biking, skiing, hiking, climbing, cruising, diving, kayaking, tours and much more.

100% Pure New Zealand
Travel and tourist information for New Zealand by the New Zealand Tourism Board.
Tourism New Zealand
New Zealand tourism's international marketing organisation.

North Island (with the regions of Northland, Auckland, Bay of Plenty, Waikato, Wanganui, Tongariro Taupo, East Coast Hawkes Bay, and Wellington)
Destination Northland
Official website with information about the subtropical Northland with its extensive unspoilt coastline.
Tourism Coromandel
The Coromandel peninsula is one of New Zealand's best-loved holiday destinations.
Tourism Waikato
Pastures, Caves, Hobbits.
Destination Manawatu
Outdoor adventures in Wanganui, Rangitikei, Manawatu and Tararua districts.
Rotorua is one of the most famous destinations in New Zealand.
Visit Ruapehu
The official Regional Tourism Organisation for the Ruapehu District.
Mount Ruapehu
Visitors guide to Mt Ruapehu and New Zealand's largest skiing area.

South Island (with the regions of Nelson Marlborough, Canterbury, West Coast, Otago, Southland, and Chatham Islands)

Christchurch and Canterbury
The official visitors guide and travel planner for Canterbury and Christchurch South Island.

Tourism Central Otago
A travel and tourism guide for Otago region.
Otago region
Otago Peninsula is an area in the southeast of the South Island.

Tourism Waitaki
A visitors guide to Waitaki Districts.

City Guides
Wellington (Te Whanganui-a-Tara)
The capital of New Zealand.
The economic capital, the City of Sails is the main gateway to New Zealand.
The Garden City, a visitors guide to the largest city in New Zealand's South Island.
A city in the Otago region with a rich cultural heritage.
National Park Village
Close to Tongariro National Park and the Whanganui National Park.

More Tourism sites
New Zealand Travel Planner
Planning your vacation in New Zealand.
Discover New Zealand
Great places to discover in New Zealand. - New Zealand on the web
Providing resources for and about New Zealand.
The New Zealand Way
Taking New Zealand to the World.

Hotels in New Zealand
Find Hotels in New Zealand.


Travel and Tour Consumer Information


Lincoln University
University at Christchurch, Canterbury.
University of Auckland
New Zealand's largest university, established in 1883.
University of Canterbury (Whare Wananga o Waitaha)
The university's official website.
University of Otago
New Zealand's oldest university, founded in 1869.
The University of Waikato (Te Whare Wananga o Waikato )
The University of Waikato at Tauranga.
Victoria University of Wellington (Te Whare Wananga o te Upoko o te Ika a Maui)
Official website of Victoria University of Wellington.

The Royal Society of New Zealand
Association for the advancement of science and technology.

Environment & Nature

Department of Conservation (Te Papa Atawhai)
The central government organisation charged with conserving the natural and historic heritage of New Zealand.
National Institute of Water and Atmospheric Research (NIWA)
Research organisation and New Zealand's leading provider of environmental research and consultancy services.

South Pacific Regional Environment Programme (SPREP)
The Pacific region's major intergovernmental organisation charged with protecting and managing the environment and natural resources.

National Parks
Information about New Zealand's 14 national parks by the Department of Conservation.


Archives New Zealand (Te Rua Mahara o te Kawanatanga)
Archives New Zealand is the official guardian of New Zealand's heritage documents.
Treaty of Waitangi (Te Tiriti o Waitangi)
Treaty in 1840, between Maori chieftains and the British Crown, where the Maori ceded sovereignty to Queen Victoria while retaining territorial rights.
New Zealand in History
Provides an overview of New Zealand history.
A national resource for anyone interested in New Zealand history.


Indigenous Peoples and the Law
An online institute of law affecting indigenous peoples
 Maori Culture
An Exhibit of Maori People and Culture of Aotearoa (New Zealand)
Maori Independence (Tino Rangatiratanga)
The site concerning self determination issues for indigenous people in Aotearoa/New Zealand it's relvance pacifically and within the wider international indigenous community.
Site for Maori culture and people.


Access New Zealand
New Zealand index.
Destination New Zealand
NZ and travel related webindex.
NZ NetGuide Web
A New Zealand consumer and web magazine.
 Te Puna Web Directory
A directory to New Zealand & Pacific Island web sites by the National Library of New Zealand.
Australian/New Zealand Search Engine.

Additional Information on New Zealand

BBC News Country Profile: New Zealand
Governments on the WWW: New Zealand
Open Directory Project: New Zealand
Wikipedia: New Zealand
The World Factbook -- New Zealand
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