New Zealand is a paradise for nature lovers. The North Island, where Auckland is situated, offers sailing, beaches, and hot springs. On the South Island, where Christchurch is located, wild rainforest, the Southern Alps, glaciers, and gold towns await your exploration.
More than 800 years ago, the Maori became the first people to migrate to New Zealand, crossing the South Pacific in canoes and navigating by the stars. European whalers and explorers found the islands much later. In 1840, New Zealand became a British colony, creating a unique and culturally diverse country with Maori carved meeting houses and British colonial architecture.