New Zealand is a land of magnificent beauty and contrasts. New Zealand is more than a holiday destination; it’s a state of mind.
New Zealand is around 260,000 square kilometres. That’s slightly bigger than the UK and slightly smaller than Japan. New Zealand has 4.5 million people, European (68%), Māori (15%), Asian (10%), Pacific (7%). so, on average you’ll find just 16 people for every square kilometre in New Zealand. That compares to 253 in the UK and 337 in Japan.
The country’s dynamic culture has European, Maori, Pacific and Asian influences and its people, often referred to as Kiwis, are hospitable and friendly. The wild natural beauty of New Zealand is reflected in its people, whose attributes include a certain adaptability, self-sufficiency and an affinity for wild landscapes and the ocean.
1st in the World
- New Zealand is the best place to raise a child globally and New Zealand was the most popular country for expats who want to improve their quality of life.（Expat Explorer Survey,2014,HSBC）
- New Zealand is the least corrupt country in the world.（Corruption Perceptions Index 2013，Transparency International）
- New Zealand is the top country for Personal Freedom. It is the most tolerant nation in the world, with 92% and 93% reporting that the country is a good place to live for immigrants and ethnic minorities respectively. (Legatum Prosperity Index™, 2014, Legatum Institute)
- New Zealand is named best country for solo, independant travelers.（ Travel and Leisure magazine,2014）
- Air New Zealand is the world’s best airline for the second consecutive year. (Airlineratings, 2014)
2nd in the World
- New Zealand is declared by WorldBank as the second best country for business in 2014 . (Ease of Doing Business Ranking, WorldBank, 2014)
- New Zealand breaks into the second among the five most popular adventure destinations in 2014 .(The five most popular adventure destinations,2014,Virtuoso Luxe)
3rd in the World
- New Zealand is ranked the third most prosperous country in the world and New Zealand is the most prosperous nation in the Asia-Pacific region, and ranks ahead of Canada (5th), Australia (7th) and the UK (13th). (Legatum Prosperity IndexTM, 2014, Legatum Institute)
- 2014 Mercer Quality of living Survey ranked Auckland as the third best city to live in, just behind Vienna and Zurich. It is the highest ranked city in the Asia-Pacific region. (Mercer Quality of Living Survey, 2014, Mercer)
4th in the World
- The 2013 Global Peace Index has New Zealand as the fourth safest country in the world. (Global peace index 2014,Institute For Economics and Peace)
5th in the World
- New Zealand has been named 5th in The World’s Happiest Countries 2013 (The top 10 list of the happiest countries for 2013,the Legatum Prosperity Index). The World’s Happiest Country goes to countries that enjoy peace, freedom, good healthcare, quality education, a functioning political system and plenty of opportunity.
If you’ve seen The Lord of the Rings or The Hobbit, you’ll have an idea: soaring mountainscapes, mysterious lakes and rivers, dramatic volcanic plateau, vast open plains, braided rivers, native forests, thermal wonderlands, fiords, native forests, glaciers, miles of farmland and even more miles of glorious coastline with gorgeous sandy beaches…. all that sort of thing. And you will find the next three instalments of the Avatar series to be filmed in New Zealand. When you travel in New Zealand, there are also very few animals to worry about – no snakes, venomous insects, crocodiles and no potentionally dangerous big cats.
The 16 Most Influential Teens of 2013
Time magazine has named New Zealanders Lorde and Lydia Ko as the 1st and 2nd most influential teenagers in the world in 2013.
Lydia Ko (the youngest LPGA champion, 2014 CME Group Tour Champion, the youngest millionaire in LPGA history) is a Mairangi Bay School ex-student.
Both of the top two most influential teenagers in the world have grown up in our community of the North Shore in Auckland.