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Travel to New Zealand

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Last Minute Tips Before you Travel to New Zealand

  • Time ZoneGMT/UTC +12
  • Electricity: 220V, 50 Hz (bring an adapter/transformer for your hair drier, laptop, cellullar phone etc.)
  • Weights & measures: Metric

Must See - Properties on UNESCO World Heritage List

  • Tongariro National Park
  • Te Wahipounamu - South West New Zealand
  • New Zealand Sub-Antarctic Islands

New Zealand

Location
Oceania, islands in the South Pacific Ocean, southeast of Australia

Capital
Wellington

Population
4,213,418 (July 2009 est.)

Regions
New Zealand consists of 13 regions
Auckland, Bay of Plenty, Canterbury, Gisborne-Hawke's Bay, Manawatu-Wanganui, Nelson-Marlborough, Northland, Otago, Southland, Taranaki, Waikato, Wellington, West Coast

Climate
temperate with sharp regional contrasts

Ethnic groups
European 69.8%, Maori 7.9%, Asian 5.7%, Pacific islander 4.4%, other 0.5%, mixed 7.8%, unspecified 3.8% (2001 census)

Religions
Anglican 14.9%, Roman Catholic 12.4%, Presbyterian 10.9%, Methodist 2.9%, Pentecostal 1.7%, Baptist 1.3%, other Christian 9.4%, other 3.3%, unspecified 17.2%, none 26% (2001 census)

Languages
English (official), Maori (official), Sign Language (official)

Government type
parliamentary democracy and a Commonwealth realm

Background
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.

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