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It is made up of 2 main islands, the North Island, which contains the majority of the population and the South Island, which abounds with lush scenery.The region includes Antipodes Islands, Auckland Islands, Bounty Islands, Campbell Island, Chatham Islands, and Kermadec Islands.
Location: In the South Pacific Ocean, southeast of Australia.
The terrain is predominately mountainous with some large coastal plains.Earthquakes are common, though usually not severe; volcanic activity.
Capital: Wellington.
Auckland is by far the biggest city in New Zealand.
Nationality: New Zealander(s)
Language: English and Maori
Ethnic groups: European, Maori, Asian, Pacific islander, mixed...
Religions: Anglican, Roman Catholic, Presbyterian, Methodist, Pentecostal, Baptist, and others.
Administrative divisions: 16 regions and 1 territory*; Auckland, Bay
of Plenty, Canterbury, Chatham Islands*, Gisborne, Hawke's Bay, Manawatu-Wanganui, Marlborough, Nelson, Northland, Otago, Southland, Taranaki, Tasman, Waikato, Wellington, West Coast.
Background: The Polynesian Maori reached New Zealand in about A.D. 800. In 1840, their chieftains entered into a compact with Britain, the Treaty of Waitangi, in which they ceded sovereignty to Queen Victoria while retaining territorial rights.
In that same year, the British began the first organized colonial settlement. A series of land wars between 1843 and 1872 ended with the defeat of the native peoples. The British colony of New Zealand became an independent dominion in 1907 and supported the UK militarily in both World Wars. New Zealand's full participation in a number of defense alliances lapsed by the 1980s. In recent years,
the government has sought to address longstanding Maori grievances.

New Zealand's South Island
Natural, untouched beauty! That's what New Zealand's South Island is
all about. The South Island is home to the Southern Alps and some great skiing and snow boarding opportunities.
Christchurch is the busiest city in the South Island and also offers an international airport. The Sumner Beach, Gondola, Avon river and Cashmere hills are the main attractions in Chistchurch. The city
centre is always busy with trams running frequently making it a great place to hang out! Dunedin with it's Cadbury's factory and Queenstown with it's adventure attractions are the other two cities that can't be missed in the South Island. Stewart island can also be visited by
ferries leaving Invercargill. Most cities in the South Island are well connected by Trans Rail and that's perhaps the most convenient way
to travel.

New Zealand's North Island
From Cape Reinga in the north right through to Wellington in the south, New Zealand's North Island offers some unique oppor- tunities to tourist and locals alike.
Auckland city is the busiest New Zealand city and arguably the commercial capital of New Zealand. Being one of the most popated cities, Auckland offers some of the best shopping opportunities in New Zealand.
Shopping is very good particularly in the main areas such as Auckland, Wellington, Christchurch, Dunedin and Queenstown.
Wellington is the capital city and has a population of around 400,00. The main attraction in Wellington would have to be Te Papa, which is a museum located in the city. While at Te Papa, make time for a stroll around Queen's wharf or a cruise in the
Wellesley.
Wellington is the capital city and has a population of around 400,00. The main attraction in Wellington would have to be Te Papa, which is a museum located in the city. While at Te Papa, make time for a stroll around Queen's wharf or a cruise in the Wellesley or catch a play at Circa theatre. The Interislander ferry can also be caught from Wellington to travel across the Cook strait to Picton in the South Island.
beaches in the Coromandel and Hawke's Bay, Huka falls near Taupo and Mt Taranaki (also known as Mt Egmont), which was
the location for the filming of the Tom Cruise flick "The Last Samurai".

   
From left to right: Queenstown, Wellington, Auckland.