New Zealand

Most visitors consider New Zealand a haven for those seeking peace, rejuvenation and relaxation as well as a playground for thrill seekers and adventures.

Inhabiting one of the most attractive countries on earth, they have enhanced nature’s bounty by developing a lifestyle that combines traditional values with the best of the modern world. Over half of New Zealand’s total land area is pasture and arable land and more than a quarter is under forest cover. Sophisticated cities offering up-to-the-minute shopping, nightlife and entertainment are just a short drive away from spectacularly beautiful countryside. And wherever you go, you will find there is an excellent choice of accommodation from privately-owned lodges to international hotels.

Gourmets will revel in the New Zealand cuisine, which takes full advantage of the country’s produce – fine meats, excellent seafood and fresh vegetables and fruit. Taking its inspiration from the kitchens of Europe, Thailand, Malaysia, Indonesia, Polynesia, Japan and Vietnam, it has evolved into distinctive dishes that are further enhanced by the accompaniment of New Zealand’s award-winning wines.

Sports opportunities abound. There are more golf courses per capita than any other country, the diving is superb (the Poor Knights Marine Reserve is numbered amongst the world’s top five diving areas) and you can go skiing, white water rafting, sea kayaking, hunting, diving, jet-boating, caving, rainforest walking, fishing or bungee jumping, which was invented in New Zealand.

Lying in the South Pacific Ocean, 1,600 kilometres east of Australia, New Zealand has a temperate climate with four distinct seasons. Most parts of the country enjoy abundant sunshine, apart from