Aotearoa commonly translated as long white clouds in the indigenous Maori language name of New Zealand, geographically comprises of two landmasses – North and South island. Australia, New Caledonia, Fiji and Tonga are its neighboring countries and due to its remote location it was the last land established by the humans.
Wellington – capital of New Zealand is also known as ‘Windy Wellington’ and its true only city in the World located in the ‘Roaring Forties’. Auckland and Christchurch are the largest cities of the country where most of the New Zealand populated is located.
During its isolation New Zealand developed a distinctive fauna dominated by birds, a number of which became extinct after the arrival of humans and the mammals they introduced.
Maoris’ were the first inhabitants of New Zealand arriving on the islands in about 950 A D and 1150 A D, Maori oral history maintains that the Maoris came to the island in seven cancels from other parts of Polynesia. In 1642, New Zealand was discovered by Abel Tasman, a Dutch navigator and British Captain James Cook made three voyages to the Islands beginning in 1769. Britain formally took possession of the islands in 1840.
Majority of the New Zealand population is European decent: the indigenous Maori are the largest minority, Asians and non Maori Polynesians are minority groups. The common spoken Language in New Zealand is English.
Modes of Commutation – Various modes of transports are available to travel within or out of cities with assessable facilities:
- By Train
- By Bus
- By Ferry
- By Car
- By Cycle
Languages – English, Maori and New Zealand Sign Language are the official languages with English pre-dominant
Sports – Rugby is the national sport of New Zealand and, Rugby, Cricket, Netball and motorsport are primarily played in the Commonwealth of Nations countries. Soccer, swimming, hockey, tennis, golf, horse ringing and skiing are also popular spots in New Zealand.