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The country is by many globetrotters through the ages been called the world's most beautiful countries. We do not know if Tolkien thought of New Zealand when he wrote Lord of the Rings, but it did not long when it was selected natural backdrop to the film adaptation of the famous fairy tale. And New Zealand's scenery is incredibly beautiful. In the northern part are laden beaches, subtropical vegetation, volcanoes, steaming geysers and interesting memorabilia from the original population, the Maoris. South Island is characterized by dramatic mountain scenery with snow-capped peaks, deep fjords and glaciers flows into the rainforest.

New Zealand was formed by volcanic activity, and especially on the North Island, there are still many volcanoes - some are swallowed, while others are active. Auckland is New Zealand's largest city with 1.2 million inhabitants, spreads over an area that can accommodate 60 swallowed volcanoes. Elsewhere on the North Island you can experience the active volcanic ground, smell the sulfur that rises from the earth and see the lakes as bubbles of boiling water. North Island is one of New Zealand's two major islands together with numerous smaller islands in the Pacific Ocean (including Stewart Island and Chatham) is the country which is named after the Dutch province Zeeland.

It is 1600 miles from the northern tip of the North Island to the southern tip of the South Island, and you do not run more than a couple of hours north of Auckland to spice up your holiday with great scenery. There are 144 islands in the Bay of Islands. There, you will find some of New Zealand's best dive sites, and swim alongside dolphins. There are other good places to dive outside Matapouri, at Poor Knights Island. According to the legendary Jacques Cousteau, this is one of the ten best places to go explore the world under water. Further up the coast is the longest beach of over 90 kilometers, Ninety Mile Beach. It is a popular place to surf. If you want more adrenaline, Queenstown is the place to go. Here the exercise bungee jumping was invented, and this daring activity is still very popular in Queenstown. Queenstown is also a good place for hiking tours, skiing, skydiving, paragliding, river rafting and other forms of extreme sports. Note also part of the holiday to the capital Wellington, experience the avant-garde art, relax at one of the many kaféne or watch rugby for full strength when the national team, nicknamed the All Blacks get the nation to boil over.

Streets waves below the 328 meter high Sky Tower - the tallest building in the Southern Hemisphere. In the harbor dodge the many yachts masts. The airport's nickname is very aptly City of Sails. This is the place if you want to experience Auckland from above, or you can do it on the volcanoes Mount Eden and One Tree Hill, which are respectively 196 meters and 183 meters high. One Tree Hill is part of the city's oldest park, Auckland Domain, and the now extinct volcano often forms the background for large and small summer concerts.

There are more ferocity in the national parks. The National Park Mount Cook with country's highest mountain at 3765 m is located in Westland on the South Island and has earned a place on UNESCO's World Heritage List. This is not lush and green in the same way one else knows New Zealand - in return there is plenty of raw cliff sides, snowcapped peaks, glaciers and alpeblomster. Read more about the climate and weather in New Zealand: Climate and weather New Zealand. Not far from Mount Cook National Park national parks Westland and Fiordland. The three national parks together form the protected area Te Wahipounamu. Here you will find snow capped mountains, pristine sandy beaches and especially the two breathtaking glaciers Fox and Franz Joseph who lost many kilometers down in lowland rushing rivers and lush rainforests. Tongariro National Park, Maori chief Te Heuheu Tukino IV in 1877 gave the State of New Zealand, is the country's oldest national park and has great cultural and religious significance for the Maori, who came to the country 1,000 years ago. Tongario is also at the UNESCO World Heritage Site and is dominated by three active volcanoes, Mount Ruapehu, Mount Ngauruhoe and Mount Tongariro extending respectively in 2797, 2291 and 1968 meters above sea level. Mount Ruapehu erupted as recently as 1995, but every year from June to November, the hillsides used as trails. The barren volcanic landscapes were used as the locations for the film Lord of the Rings, like many other places in the country.
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