April 12, 2013

There are many reasons why millions of people visit New Zealand every year, not least because it’s one of the most beautiful places on earth. From its glorious sandy beaches to the all-year-round tropical climate, you’d be mad not to want to travel to this amazing island. Not only was the island the last place on earth to be colonized by humans, but it’s isolation in the middle of the Pacific Ocean has allowed it’s wildlife to flourish.

Made up of two smaller islands, and a number of other tiny land masses located around the coastline, New Zealand benefits from extensive marine resources. There are many UNESCO World Heritage sites across the island, and these have evolved into stunning landscapes over thousands of years.

A Brief History

The island of New Zealand has been isolated from the rest of the world for nearly eighty million years, and this has helped the vast numbers of exotic and rare wildlife to create one of the biggest natural habitats on earth. Everything that you see on the island has either been carried by storms to the island’s shores, or been flown across by prehistoric birds. Either way, it remains one of the most secluded and isolated animal sanctuaries in the world.

Before humans arrived on the island of New Zealand, historians believe that nearly 90 per cent of the island was forest, with only the volcanic and wetland parts of the island unable to grow trees. After the Polynesian people settled on the island, half of the forests were lost to fire and deforestation, and when the Europeans settled later on, much more of the forestry was cleared for farming and industrial systems.

Thankfully however, there are still large proportions of the island that house vast animal habitats, so if you’re thinking about taking a trip to New Zealand, make sure you  get the best holidaying deals! Let’s take a look at some of the top reasons why tourists love this isolated and beautiful island.

The Friendly Locals

If you’ve ever encountered a Kiwi before, you’ll know that they are one of the most friendly and hospitable people on the planet. Not only do they welcome tourists with open arms, but they’re very helpful in making sure you have the greatest time possible on the island.

Like many other holiday destination, there will be a few disgruntled locals complaining about the impact of tourism on the island, however most of the people that you’ll meet will be hospitable and approachable. Don’t be scared to ask a local for help if you’ve got a problem whilst staying on the island – they’ll always do their best to lend a hand!

Natural Beauty

Whether you’re visiting the north of the island or the south, there will always be an abundance of natural wildlife and beauty in every direction. You won’t find any theme parks or man-made adventure activities bursting out of the tropical forest in New Zealand, but you will be able to experience thermal sands, volcanic rock formations, lush rainforests and majestic mountains.


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