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New Zealand (the Maori - Aotearoa)

State in the south-western Pacific Ocean, in Polynesia, which is located on the two large islands (the North Island and the South Island) and large quantities (about 700) adjacent smaller islands. The indigenous people of the country on their dialect Maori call New Zealand as "Aotearoa", which translated means "Country of the Long White Cloud."

New Zealand is famous for its beautiful nature - geysers, mountains and lakes, forests and caves, glaciers and beaches. Big concern about the natural resources of the country are literally built into the rank of religion, which allows numerous tourists from all over the world to enjoy the unique local landscapes almost intact. Small towns, built in British style perfectly combined here with the powerful snow-capped peaks and beautiful lakes and mud geysers - with unspoilt sandy beaches and turquoise waters of the ocean. Basic kinds of tourism in the country - tours, beach holidays, ecotourism, recreation (diving, surfing, skiing).

General information

The location, grounds and landscape 

One of the main features of New Zealand is the geographical isolation. Nearest neighbors of the country are - to the west Australia, separated by the Tasman Sea (the shortest distance - about 1,700 miles); to the north island territories - New Caledonia (about 1400 km), Tonga (about 1800 km) and Fiji (about 1900 km).

The country's territory is 268 680 km². 

New Zealand is known primarily for the relief of its mountainous character. Picturesque Southern Alps, which are located on the South Island, reaching a height of areas of permanent ice and have numerous glaciers. They include 19 peaks, the height of which exceeds 3000 m. Highest point in the country - Mount Cook (Maori call it Aoraki), rises 3754 meters. The most notable area of the North Island - volcanic plateau, is like a sanctuary of modern volcanism. There are geysers, mud volcanoes, hot springs and even a group of active volcanoes, occasionally exhibiting a rather violent activity.

Population: more than 4.5 million people.

CapitalWellington, 430 thousand inhabitants

Biggest cities: Auckland, Wellington, Christchurch, Hamilton, Dunedin, Tauranga.

Languages: English, Maori, New Zealand Sign Language.

Religion: there is no state religion, many people, due to historical tradition, are Christians, that is, Catholics, Anglicans, Baptists, Methodists and others. Approximately 33% of the population consider themselves atheists.

Time zoneUTC +12.

Calling code+64.

Currency: New Zealand Dollar (NZD), equal to 100 cents. Banknotes in circulation are in denominations of 5, 10, 20, 50 and 100 dollars, as well as coins of 5, 10, 20, 50 cents, 1 and $ 2. Rates 1.00 USD ≅ 1.22 NZD, 1.00 EUR ≅ 1.66 NZD.

Credit card payment systems VISA, Mastercard, Bankcard, American Express, Diners Club.

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