Mini Guide to New Zealand

New Zealand is a relatively new country. It was only settled by Polynesians around 1300 CE, and became a British colony in 1841. It’s located 1500 kilometers east of Australia and has a population of roughly 4.7 million. The country is famous for its incredible natural beauties, which is in part due to the intense volcanic activity in the region. It also attracts many travelers as it was the setting for the successful film trilogies The Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit.

Transportation

Although New Zealand has six international airports, visitors are likely to arrive via Auckland or Christchurch. There’s also a healthy selection of low-cost flight companies, which is perfect for those with little time. However, the main mode of transportation is driving, and the roads are extremely well-kept and inviting. A popular choice is to rent a campervan and slowly explore the landscape as you stop in the many camping sites along the country.

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Language

Visitors shouldn’t worry about any communication problems as around 96 percent of the population speaks English.

However, there has been a revitalization of the Māori language (spoken by the early natives) and just under four percent of the population speaks it. You can see the presence of the Māori language in the name of cities, mountains, fruits, and also some animals. Due to immigration, there’s also a large number of speakers of Samoan, Hindi, and Mandarin.

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