With a population of approximately 4 million people, Kiwis are a lovely welcoming bunch who are happy to share their stunning islands and rich Maori culture. Only inhabited by Polynesian humans approximately 800 years ago, these islands are considered to be some of the most remote in the world. Europeans arrived in the 1700s and now New Zealand shares an eclectic mix of cultures including native Maori, Islander and European. These days 15% of the population are native Maori, the rest are of European descent.
Queen Elizabeth II of Great Britain is the Queen of New Zealand and the Head of State. There are three official languages which include English, Maori and surprisingly The New Zealand Sign Language. The national sport is rugby union and you will always witness the traditional Maori ‘haka’ dance before games begin!
New Zealand consists of two main islands in the southwestern pacific ocean, and one third of the country is protected national park. The capital is Wellington, however Auckland high up in the North Island has taken over as the bustling urban hub of the country. In fact, the entire population of the South Island matches those living in Auckland alone.
New Zealand is a great place to live because it has very low crime rates. Alongside Denmark, it is considered the least corrupt country in the world.
Only 5% of New Zealand’s population is human and the rest are animals. Unlike their Aussie neighbours, there are virtually no nasty creepy crawlies and dangerous creatures that are likely to eat you here in NZ! Becoming a volunteer in New Zealand is a great way to experience this country yourself.
The climate is beautiful in most parts with four distinct seasons that tend not to go to extremes either way. Kiwis and tourists alike are able to enjoy pleasant temperatures for most of the year round.
New Zealand is famed for its astonishing landscape marked by volcanoes, breathtaking lakes and stunning glaciations. If you are a “Lord of the Rings” fan you will no doubt know that Peter Jackson chose this dazzling location to film his interpretation of the legendary Middle Earth.
Have a read about our top 15 reasons for heading over there.
Soak up the Maori culture and witness New Zealand’s gorgeous scenery. You won’t be disappointed!