Located in the southwest area of the Pacific Ocean, New Zealand is a country of islands of about 900 miles of land. There are two major islands, North and South, and many smaller islands, some of which are not inhabited. Across the countries, the weather varies greatly from almost desert-like conditions in some parts, and plenty of rainfall and precipitation in others. The main islands are heavily populated, about 4.3 million people, and the standard of living of these inhabitants is quite high, compared to that in certain parts of Europe. Rugby is the most popular sport among the culture in New Zealand, as well as soccer, swimming, golf, cricket, and tennis.
Guests visiting New Zealand will certainly find plenty of activities to keep them busy. Biking is a popular activity, with guided tours between the islands and throughout the country offered daily. It is a fun and close-up way to see the beauties of the island life. There are many outdoor activities available, including bird watching, rafting, diving, fishing, golfing, water activities, swimming with marine life such as dolphins and whales, and shark cage diving, for the more adventurous visitors. English is the most common language, but generally the dialect is that of British English. There are many delicious meals that are specific to New Zealand that visitors definitely should incorporate as part of their travel experience. These include meat pies, Maori seafood, pavlova (a cake with fruit and whipped egg whites), and kumara (roasted sweet potatoes). There are also many breweries, so guests can sample freshly brewed beer with flavors unique to the islands. Lodging is often in bed and breakfast style, or Maori homestays, where guests stay with a local family, which give the visitor a very unique and firsthand look into the New Zealand experience. With so much to offer, New Zealand is becoming an ideal location for a tropical and fun vacation.