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 has been named the least-corrupt country in the world for the third year straight. (Corruption Perceptions Index, Transparency International, 2021)
•New Zealand has been ranked 1st amongst 190 countries for ease of doing business. (The World Bank, 2020)
•Auckland is ranked as the world’s most livable city (The Economist Intelligence Unit’s Global Liveability Ranking, 2021)
•Lonely Planet named Auckland the best city in the world to travel to in 2022 (Lonely Planet, 2021)
2nd in the World
•New Zealand is the second freest country in the world for human freedom. (The Fraser Institute, Canada, 2021)
•New Zealand has been ranked as the second safest country in the world (Global Peace Index, 2021)
3rd in the World
•New Zealand ranks the third best country to live.(HSBC Global Expats Study, 2021)
•Behind Sweden and Finland, New Zealand ranks 3rd in the Worldwide Educating For the Future Index, is the 1st place in the English-speaking world as well as the Asia-Pacific region (The Economics UK. 2020)
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 potentially dangerous big cats.