About New Zealand
New Zealand is an island country in the southwestern Pacific Ocean. The country geographically comprises two main landmasses—the North Island (or Te Ika-a-Māui), and the South Island (or Te Waipounamu) — and around 600 smaller islands. New Zealand is situated some 1,500 kilometres (900 mi) east of Australia across the Tasman Sea and roughly 1,000 kilometres (600 mi) south of the Pacific island areas of New Caledonia, Fiji, and Tonga. New Zealand developed a distinct biodiversity of animal, fungal and plant life. New Zealand's capital city is Wellington, while its most populous city is Auckland.
New Zealand is a developed country and ranks highly in international comparisons of national performance, such as health, education, economic freedom and quality of life. Since the 1980s, New Zealand has transformed from an agrarian, regulated economy to a market economy. New Zealand has a rich and fascinating history, reflecting our unique mix of Māori and European culture.
Visit New Zealand
From the crisp days of spring to the burnt orange beauty of autumn, New Zealand is a traveler’s paradise. New Zealanders speak English (with a ‘kiwi’ accent). If English is not your first language, we’re a friendly country and most people will be patient communicating with you. You will need some basics to get around – like understanding times and prices, and being able to ask for help if you need it. Planning a holiday to New Zealand? Visit our official travel & tourism website for more information.
Invest in New Zealand
New Zealand is well known as a safe place to invest and do business. New Zealand's globally competitive economy is underpinned with stable political and regulatory systems, an innovative well-educated population and New Zealand's proximity to 60 percent of the world’s population. New Zealand's global network offers you independent guidance, deep insights, and unparalleled access to companies, people and networks throughout New Zealand. Visit our official website for more information.
Study in New Zealand
New Zealand is one of the world’s best places to live and study. Discover more about our high ranking education system and incredible lifestyle. All eight of our universities are in the top 3% in the world. Our qualifications are recognised and respected globally. New Zealand Education opens doors to successful careers around the world. We're the world's second most peaceful country. Visit our official study in New Zealand website for more information.
Live & Work in New Zealand
Working hard and getting ahead is important to us. We’re a well-developed, well-connected country with all sorts of opportunities to advance your career. But New Zealanders also believe life is for living. It’s about balancing a good day’s work with time for family and friends plus all the recreation and wide open spaces our country offers. Nine out of ten migrants find the welcome they receive meets or exceeds their expectations, according to a recent Immigration New Zealand survey. Visit our official living and working in New Zealand website for more information.
- 4.5 million inhabitants.
- NZ is multicultural as many Kiwis are either immigrants or their descendants
- First settlers were the Maori, followed by large numbers of immigrants from the United Kingdom, people from neighbouring Pacific Islands including Samoa and Tonga, Chinese and Korean migrants, and new residents from a wide range of countries such as the US, South Africa, Zimbabwe and India. Check out Maori Tours
- Modern, secular, democratic society, with no ingrained class system Freedom of speech, expression and religious beliefs are guaranteed by law and widely practiced
- Favourite sports include rugby, cricket, hiking, kayaking, fishing, white-water rafting, football, basketball and skiing
- Varies greatly throughout the country
- It could be sunny and warm on the East Coast, while pouring with rain on the West Coast
- Four seasons in one day is not that unusual
- For example Auckland has 265 days of sunshine per year
- Range of temperatures between winter and summer is less extreme than in most countries
- Maximum temperature during summer ranges between 20-30°C (68-86OF) In winter, the average maximum temperature ranges between 10-15°C (50-59OF). The northern half of the North Island is the warmest part of the country throughout the year, which is perfect for outdoor activities
Best Travel Time
- New Zealand is a popular summer destination, both for overseas and domestic visitors. This is partly due to the fascinating Maori culture, amazing scenery and also the huge success of the films "The Lord of the Rings" and the upcoming "The Hobbit"
- Summer and winter temperatures vary by only 10ºC to 15ºC in most of the country, making New Zealand an ideal holiday destination year-round
- Best travel times are the warmer high-season months (November to April) Summer (December to February) is the best time for food festivals, concerts and sports events in the main cities like Auckland, Wellington and Christchurch
- June to August is skiing high season
- Similar to Australia, try to avoid school holidays (particularly mid-December to late January) and public holidays if possible
- The cooler, less touristy ‘shoulder’ periods (October/November and April/May) are a great time of year to travel
- You need to be well prepared for all weather conditions when traveling through NZ, as weather can change quickly