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Discover New Zealand by Cristina Nuta -

For people who are crazy about travelling to foreign countries or continents, then one interesting place they should visit is New Zealand, a country that many people know very little about.

What can the tourist see here? There is a variety of sights, from mountains, volcanoes, rivers, lakes, waterfalls, forests, beaches to maybe an earthquake. Well, to be sincere, an earthquake can frighten each one of us, but anyway, it is better to be optimist and never think that during your holiday you will be the onlooker of this phenomenon.

Only thirty per cent of New Zeeland is flat. It is divided into two islands, which are both mountainous. South Island has got twenty mountain peaks which are higher than 3,000 metres. The highest peak is called Mount Cook, which is par t of the Southern Alps.

A very interesting thing we should point about New Zealand refers to the Maoris, the inhabitants many years ago in this region. When the Maoris first arrived in New Zealand, they lived in villages and were excellent fishermen, hunters, and farmers. About fifty years ago many Maoris started to live and work in the large cities and took jobs in government, industries, medicine and education. They are proud of their culture and want to keep many of the traditions which are part of their way of life.

The Maoris lived in tribal groups called 'iwi' and each tribe was made up of smaller groups called 'hapu'. The tribes were controlled by chiefs who made the important decisions about the day to day life of the people. On important occasions such as weddings they have large parties called 'hui'.

In what concerns the language in New Zealand, the official language is English and it is spoken everywhere. Many Maoris are bilingual- they speak their own language- Maori- and English.

Most people live on North Island. Eighty-five per cent of New Zealanders are 'pakeha'- white men- which means their ancestors came from Europe. Ten per cent are Maoris. The Maoris came to New Zealand from the Polynesian islands probably about 1000 years ago. The 'pakeha' started to arrive in New Zeeland from Europe about 200 years ago as farmers and traders.

If you want to discover a different civilization, with its specific food and drinks, its cultures and traditions, then don't hesitate in visiting New Zealand, in the south of the Equator, at 1,600 kilometres away from Australia.
Discover New Zealand written by Cristina Nuta for FamousWhy.com
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Tags: discover, new zealand, volcanoes, waterfalls, beaches, earthquake, iwi



Category: Travel  - ( Travel Archive)

Date Added: 02 May '07


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