Located to the southeast of Australia, the Kiwi land looks as if it is truly towards the end of the earth, but an end that looks like paradise! It is separated from the Australian continent by a 2,000-mile stretch of the Tasman Sea. The country geographically comprises of two main landmasses, that of the North and South Islands as well as numerous smaller islands. Originally inhabited by the Maoris, New Zealand is one of the last lands to be inhabited by humans owing to its remote location. Nevertheless, today this thriving nation attracts tourists, students, immigrants and business from all over the planet. It has a population of about 4.5 million consisting of people of European, Maori, Asian and Pacific Islander heritage. The country’s capital is Wellington while Auckland, being the commercial capital is the largest city with an estimated population of 1.3 million which is almost one third of the country. The country is famous for its beautiful harbor, excellent cafes and nightlife, and many professional opportunities.
New Zealand is a constitutional monarchy with a parliamentary form of democracy in the line of most commonwealth states. The queen of England is the monarch and head of the state for New Zealand even though the law making and executive power is based in the parliament. New Zealand has one of the most pleasant climates to live in; it has a mild and temperate maritime climate. The level of rainfall however varies from region to region making the geographical landscape diverse. The country’s isolation for millions of years has enabled presence of many exotic species making the country very rich in flora and fauna. This attracts both travelers and biology researcher from across the globe. New Zealand’s major cultural identity is shaped primarily by Maori and the European heritage. Even though the cities enjoy cosmopolitan culture and way of life, the tribal circles would show distinctive differences between the Maori and NZ European societies. However, with globalization, influence of immigrants of other origin such as Asia, North America and the Pacific is increasingly becoming visible making New Zealand multicultural. In general, New Zealand has a friendly, polite and outgoing population though may be somewhat reserved initially towards outsiders. The country is known for the ubiquitous environmental consciousness and sense of social equality. The country doesn’t have a formal class structure and people take pride in individual achievements and contributions rather than social status. With a low population density, all New Zealanders and visitors have great access to a wide range of sporting facilities, such as golf courses and other cultural and recreation centers. Adventurous spirit is contagious in Kiwi culture and people love outdoor activities including picnics and beach based leisure activities.