New Zealand General Facts and Features
About New Zealand
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Topographic maps: 1:50,000. Useful for trampers, climbers,
cyclists, and anyone interested in the detailed features of the country.
Terrain maps: 1:250,000. Topographical maps each
covering an area of 150km by 200km.
Park and Track maps: 27 maps, at various scales, cover New
Zealand's National Parks, Forest Parks and major walking tracks... plus, plus...
New Zealand at a Glance The popularity of New Zealand with international
visitors is growing year by year. It is a land of contrasts, from pristine wilderness
areas to modern and sophisticated cities there is something for everyone. New Zealand also
enjoys an international reputation for being safe and friendly. English is the spoken
language and the good exchange rate to the New Zealand dollar means you will get value for
money when you come here.
Latest New Zealand Weather
Observations Even if you aren't interested in current weather
conditions, the "photos of the week" are worth a special visit. A
very informative website.
Capsule History of
New Zealand from 26,000,000 BC when the Southern Alps rose above the ocean to 1984
when the Labour government eliminated agricultural subsidies and wage and price controls,
lowered tax rates, and began a radical program of privatization.
The Moriori People
Moriori - Short History Account
Who were the
Maori of New Zealand - Their History
Maori Culture in New Zealand ...Maori people define themselves by
their iwi (tribe), hapu (sub-tribe), maunga (mountain) and awa (river). Whanau is the name
given to family - the term embraces immediate family, in-laws and all those connected by
The Treaty of Waitangi The
Treaty of Waitangi is seen as the founding document of the nation of New Zealand. It was
signed in 1840 by representatives of the British Crown and Maori chiefs. There are three
copies of the treaty available for viewing.
Ngai Tahu, New Zealand South
Island Maori Tribal Home Page New Zealand is a land of many contrasts both
geographically and culturally. Here you can share their language, traditions and love for
this land - Aotearoa (New Zealand) - The Land of The Long White Cloud. In particular - Te
Waipounamu (The Greenstone Isle) - the South Island.
New Zealand - Ancient and
Modern History Links to New Zealand history from the arrival of the Maori, Captain
Cook, the Treaty of Waitangi, Gallipoli, the Rainbow Warrior, recent economic reforms...
of Endangered Species
The Fabulous Kakapo Parrot
The ancient, flightless Kakapo is the world's rarest and strangest parrot. It the only
flightless and nocturnal parrot, as well as being the heaviest in the world, weighing up
to 3.5 kilograms (8 lbs).
New Zealand Penguins There is one
species, the Yellow-eyed penguin Megadyptes antipodes, which breeds only in
southern New Zealand and neighbouring cold temperate islands.
Fur Seals New Zealand is a country with no native land mammals, except for bats. Up to
two million fur seals, however, once thronged the shores of this country and its
Tuatara Facts from Auckland Zoo Tuataras are
reptiles but they are very different to lizards, crocodiles and amphibians (frogs,
salamanders). Tuatara have a primitive body structure that supports the theory that they
are one of the oldest and most un-evolved species, having hardly changed in the past 220
Indigenous Species of New Zealand
Department of Conservation:
Biodiversity Conservation: Animals and Efforts
Eruption Resources Provides detailed information about the activity
associated with this live volcano, including at times spectacular live volcano-cam.
Keeping you up to date with the action! No action - no camera, but they'll email you if
things start rumbling.
New Zealand Volcanoes New Zealand has been greatly affected by its
position on the edge of two tectonic plates. The boundary between the Pacific Plate and
the Indian/ Australian Plate bisects the north and south islands of New Zealand, resulting
in extensive mountain range uplift and volcanic activity.
Rotorua The tourist
capital of the North Island. It sits on the edge of a large lake, in the crater of an
ancient volcano. The entire area is thermally active, and the smell of sulphur is never
White Island, New Zealand White Island is the summit of
two overlapping stratovolcanoes and one of New Zealand's most active volcanoes, with about
35 small to moderate, steam and tephra eruptions (VEI=2-3) since 1826. In 1914, a
landslide killed eleven men at a sulfur works.
Nowhere else in the world do glaciers come so close to the coastline
outside of the Polar Regions as they do in Westland
National Park in the South Island. The Franz Josef
and its neighbour the Fox Glacier, have been advancing in recent years because of record snow falls on the
Southern Alps. The most up to date pictorial record of
the Glaciers can be found here:-
Ice in Motion - Franz Josef Glacier
A photographic record of
Franz Josef Glacier's recent advance
Valley This spectacular valley is found in the Fiordland National Park.
These U shaped valleys are the result of glaciation. The Fiords in the park are valleys
similar to this one except the valley floor is below sea level. There are many great walks
in the Park including the Milford
Track and the Routeburn
of New Zealand
Zealand Nature Peer into the bright blue of glacier ice, smell the sulphurous steam
from a seething geothermal vent, delve into the limestone underworld or watch a waterfall
plunge more than 600 metres into one of the world's deepest fiords.
of New Zealand
Cone Ski Area - Wanaka New Zealand 550 hectares of varying terrain with slopes to suit
all - from absolute beginners to advancing intermediates to extremists. Plus
the awe-inspiring views over Lake Wanaka, Mount Aspiring and the Southern Alps. What more
could you want!
Welcome to Cardrona Alpine
Resort Cardrona Alpine Resort is situated high on the mountains between Wanaka and
Queenstown in the South Island of New Zealand. Access is easy from either centre. Cardrona
is renowned for its natural, dry snow and has a very reliable season that runs from late
June until late October. Cardrona is an extensive resort which covers 400 hectares of
Boarder Zone New
Zealand - snowboarding competition updates, photos, current weather and snow
conditions, resort information, rider profiles, gear shop, and more.
New Zealand Snowboarder Magazine
- documenting snowboarding in New Zealand using quality photographs and editorials.
Sailing Spots, Surfcams, Results, Clubs, Events, NZWA, Weather, Wind Reports, Buy-Sell
Surfing New Zealand Features
daily reports, local coverage, surf stuff and live camera action!
The New Zealand Surfing and
Windsurfing Site The New Zealand gateway to windsurfing and surfing. Two great guides
to surfing and windsurfing are here, PLUS news, history, tutorials for beginners and
experts, accommodation guides in New Zealand surf and windsurf spots. You'll also find a
free classified ad's section packed with good deals!
New Wave Gisborne New Zealand Stop
by if you're planning on spending time sunning and surfing in Gisborne.