Backpacking New Zealand – General Info
Country name – New Zealand
Population – 4,469,427 population increases by 1 person every 22:50
Currency – NZD (Australian Dollar)
Here are some links to the most common questions you may have about New Zealand or you can just scroll through if you prefer:
Where is New Zealand?
New Zealand is an island country primarily made up of the North and South islands in the south western Pacific oceans.
Or if you spin the globe it is on the bottom right find Russia, follow it down through Asia, past Australia and to the right and bingo…New Zealand!
It is a pretty remote place (1500km east of Australia and 1000km south of the pacific islands and as a result was one of the last lands to be settled on by humans.
What is the capital of New Zealand?
The Capital city is Wellington – Follow the west coast of the North Island to where the North and South island are the closest together and you should find it….
What is New Zealand like?
New Zealand was a great place to visit. When I arrived there I have been travelling for some time and was a long way from by home in the UK.
I got off the plane and the first thing I felt was like I was actually back home and this was quite surreal. I think the weather at the time may have had something to do with it though… ha ha
As I travelled around I couldn’t help but take in the beautify scenery which reminded me a little of Canada but on a smaller scale, there are mountains, beaches, and fiord lands which you may compare to those found in the Scandinavian countries.
Once you start to look around you begin to notice the pure blue mountain lakes and the evergreen bush next to a pine tree which is just enough to bring your focus back to where you are and not where your mind is taking you.
What is New Zealand known for?
So New Zealand is the extreme sports capital of the world and its not long before you notice some of the things going on around you, sky diving, bungee jumping, climbing, snowboard / skiing, caving, white water rafting, hiking and mountaineering to name just a few of the less out there activities…
Don’t forget watch out for the Kia birds that will steal your hat and make sure you check out the Kiwi as this bird can only be located in NZ and is nocturnal.
As I mentioned above New Zealand is the extreme sports capital of the world but that is not all this great country is known for or indeed has to offer.
The north island is well known for its volcanoes and the geothermal activity around the Rotorua area.
The south island is better known for its beautiful fjords, dolphins and glaciers.
I am sure many of you will have heard of the All Blacks, by all accounts one of the best rugby teams in the world and fully of super tough super fit men many of which have Maori roots and tradition.
New Zealand’s Maori culture is an integral part of Kiwi life and adds a unique, dynamic experience for visitors. I will add some further comments in the culture section.
Lets not forget Sheep, a long running joke is that there are more sheep than people in New Zealand.
Do they speak English in New Zealand?
Their main language is English where 95% of the countries residents speak English
What is the culture like in New Zealand?
The original culture would have been Maori as demonstrated by much of the New Zealand history with the Maori voyagers reaching the island around the 1300.
The New Zealand culture is largely inherited from British and European custom following colonisation around 200 years ago although in reality is interwoven with Maori and Polynesian tradition.
This wasn’t as easy to achieve as it may seem and there is a lot of history around the colonisations if you care to indulge further.
Modern culture is considered to be of a cosmopolitan nature and the New Zealanders are very conscious of their natural environment and its preservation.
For more info get yourself onto Google and check out some kiwi websites to see what they think about themselves.