New Zealand is a country in the southwestern Pacific Ocean consisting of two main islands, covered by volcanic mountains and glaciers, and another thirty smaller ones off the main coast and each with unique natural characteristics. The country has deep roots in Maori culture and art that is present in every corner and preserved by ongoing efforts by the government and people of New Zealand.
Auckland is a largest city in New Zealand and almost third of country’s population live there. It is located between two large harbours in North Island, and its grounds are on top of more than 50 extinct volcanoes.
Christchurch, the third largest city in New Zealand, is located on the east coast of country’s South Island. City has predominantly English heritage with elements of indigenous, Maori culture. Main city areas include Cathedral Square, where many city’s landmarks are located, together with ‘Cardboard Cathedral’, Hagley Park, with expansive green area and Avon River and Willowbank Wildlife Reserve and Orana Wildlife Park.
Wellington, or Te Whanganui-a-Tara in Maori, is the capital of New Zealand and it sits on the south side of country’s North Island. It is New Zealand’s second largest city after Auckland, which was originally the capital city. Wellington was assigned as the capital in 1865, in order to have place more centrally located in the country.