Friday, December 10, 2010

THE YOUNGEST COUNTRY ON EARTH - NEW ZEALAND

In this post, I will be giving you an overview of New Zealand! Let us first take a look at how New Zealand Tourism Board market itself as a tourist destination!

Welcome to the Youngest Country on Earth


Doesn't the video make you feel like teleporting there now? As we can see from the video, it focuses on its beautiful scenery, the Maori culture, water and land sports and New Zealand as the youngest country on earth.

GEOGRAPHY
New Zealand is an island country in the south-western Pacific Ocean. It is situated approximately 994 miles off the southeast coast of Australia, across the Tasman Sea. It consists of the North and South Islands, Stewart Islands and several smaller islands.

With a total land mass area of 104 453 square miles, New Zealand is about the size of Colorado. These slim islands where the country lies exhibit an amazing diversity of scenery and an impressively long coastline.

The 2 main islands, North and South, are separated by Cook Straits, which at is narrowest point is about 20km wide.

Capital: Wellington

Climate

New Zealand's ocean environment keeps the climate mild, but the mountains and the prevailing winds caused the temperature to vary. The warmest months are December, January, February and March and their winter is during June, July and August.

Most of New Zealand enjoys over 2000 hours of sunshine a year but sunbathers have to be very careful as the breaks in the ozone layer in the Antipodes are severe, Auckland has the highest rate of melanoma in the world. Weather forecasts in New Zealand always include references to the burn factor and the length of time one can safely stay in the sun. It is even a regulation that school children bring hats to play outside!

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