New Zealand is known affectionately by the native Maori population as ‚ÄúAotearoa‚ÄĚ , which translates to ‚Äúland of the long white cloud‚ÄĚ.

 

The Maori people remained undisturbed until the arrival of the Europeans in the early 19th century. ¬†It was from these origins that New Zealand’s unique and colourful culture was created.

 

New Zealand’s countryside is dotted with sheep and cattle which contribute largely to the economy.  Forestry is another big contributor.  Not far behind this is tourism due to the natural beauty and the cultural experiences that can be experienced.

 

Two main distinctively different islands form this beautiful land.  The islands boast snow-capped mountains, glacial lakes, meandering rivers, serene waterfalls, rolling hills and so much more.

 

Noted by both the native Maori and early European settlers for its abundant birdlife, we have many animals that are unique to New Zealand – probably the most famous is the ‚ÄúKiwi‚ÄĚ bird. ¬†This has led to the NZ ¬†people becoming known worldwide as ‚ÄúKiwis‚ÄĚ.

 

The people are friendly and down to earth, proud of their country and always willing to help.  They have shaped the culture to what we know it today.

 

Experience the Maori culture, take an air or boat tour of one of our Sounds, hike amongst the lush rainforest. Try  fishing one of the remote rivers or partake in one of the many adventure activities.

 

Let Luxury Tours Of New Zealand help you plan your introduction to this fantastic country.