About New Zealand

About New Zealand

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New Zealand is a land of magnificent beauty and contrasts. New Zealand is more than a holiday destination; it’s a state of mind.

Nature reigns supreme. Unspoilt coastlines, lush vegetation, amazing wildlife and a moderate climate make it ideal for visitors wanting to enjoy the outdoors or simply relax.

Consisting of two main islands – “the North Island” and “the South Island” - New Zealand is similar in size to Japan and Great Britain, but has a population of only 4.3 million.

The country's dynamic culture has European, Maori, Pacific and Asian influences and its people, often referred to as Kiwis, are hospitable and friendly. The wild natural beauty of New Zealand is reflected in its people, whose attributes include a certain adaptability, self-sufficiency and an affinity for wild landscapes and the ocean.

Let us introduce you to our amazing country. This area of our online travel guide provides facts about New Zealand and helpful information for travellers including:

Regional Information from AA Travel
Regional Information

Find visitor information about New Zealand's many fascinating regions.
New Zealand eBooks from AA Travel
New Zealand eBooks

Download some of our free travel eBooks to read at leisure on your computer or tablet device.
Maori Carving
History & Culture

Take a quick tour through New Zealand’s history, and practise the Maori language with our pronunciation guide.
New Zealand Itineraries
New Zealand Itineraries

Whether you're on a weekend getaway or looking to explore New Zealand in depth, begin your trip with an itinerary from AA Tourism. We'll suggest routes that take you to the "must-see" spots and back home, safe and relaxed.
New Zealand Sightseeing Guides
New Zealand Sightseeing Guides

New Zealand is full to the brim with places to visit and sights to see. No matter where you are in this spectacular country, an AA Tourism sightseeing guide has it covered. There are 17 guides in all.
Currency business info
Traveller Information

Basic but important information of New Zealand business hours, banking facilities and currency.
New Zealand Flora and Fauna
Flora & Fauna

Read all about what you can expect to see on your travels throughout the country. Includes an overview of our native plants, trees, birds and mammals.
Plan and Book a Ski Holiday in New Zealand
Plan and Book a Ski Holiday in New Zealand

The summer heat may still be lingering but soon the fresh, crisp snow of our ski fields will be all the talk as mountains turn to natural powder playgrounds.