It is an island country in
the south western Pacific Ocean comprising two main islands, the
North and South Islands, and numerous smaller islands. The
indigenous Maori named New Zealand Aotearoa, commonly translated as
"The land of the long white cloud".
New Zealand sits in the "roaring
forties" latitude, which means a prevailing and continual wind blows
over the country from west to east. This can range from a gentle
breeze to a buffeting, roof-stripping gale.
This is a country of rare beauty:
glacial mountain, active volcano, fast flowing rivers, deep, clear lakes, hissing
geysers, boiling mud and shining glow worm caves. There are also abundant native forests,
with huge kauri trees, long deserted beaches and a variety of fauna,
such as the kiwi, endemic to its shores.
The waterside city Auckland, is
located on a thin stretch of the North Island, sandwiched between
the Pacific Ocean and the Tasman Sea. It's complemented by lush
subtropical forests of nearby hills and the volcanic terrains of
nearby islands. The largest City with its spectacular harbour and
bridge ranks with the best and its districts weave their way around
a variety of bays ideal for yachting. Auckland is well known with
its nickname "City of Sails"