The first European settlers arrived around the year 1800. New Zealand became a British colony 40 years later. In 1840 the Treaty of Waitangi was signed between the Crown and Maori Chiefs. The Treaty is generally considered as the founding document for New Zealand as a nation. New Zealanders are called "Kiwis" after the flightless kiwi bird found only in New Zealand.
4.5 Million people reside in the total area of 268,700km2. The country is made up of two main island North Island and the South Island. The four main cities are Auckland, Wellington, Christchurch, Dunedin. Northland above Auckland is subtropical. It is an area rich in Maori culture and early New Zealand European history. 30% of New Zealand's population lives in Auckland
Amazing Fact: The Pohutu river in Rotorua erupts to 30 metres high.The Maori word Pohutu means "big splash" or explosion
New Zealanders enjoy a unique lifestyle. They have a generosity of spirit that means everyone is welcomed, included and connected as a part of our whanau (family). New Zealanders today come from many backgrounds and cultures: European, Pacific Island, Maori, Asian, Latin American and many more. This influence can be seen in cusisine, fashion, art and music.
The regions of Waikato, Rotorua, Bay of Plenty, East Coast and Hawke's Bay offer a great variety of landscapes. They span rich agricultural and land to fascinating geothermal landscapes and stunning beaches. Rotorua is a popular visitor destination, famous for its geothermal activity and Maori cultural experiences. The Taupo region boasts New Zealand's largest lake.
New Zealand has a temperate climate with relatively mild, wet winters and warm, dry summers. The sun in NewZealand has strong UV Rays. Make sure you protect yourself with sunscreen and a hat.
All New Zealand universities are listed within the top 500 in the QS World University Rankings, and many subjects rank within the world's top.
Two thirds of New Zealand's universities feature in the renowned Shanghai Jiao Top 500 ranking.
The prestigious Legatum Institute in London rates New Zealand's education system first in the world.