"Sharrie's New Zealand Adventure" New Zealand by Sharrie

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NEW ZEALAND (NZ) is a country of great diversity in terms of landscape and vegetation. To a visitor, NZ is an entirely unique country in that one can experience America (for its similarity to Yellowstone's geysers), Canada (for its glacier lakes), Switzerland (its picturesque mountains) & Scandinavia (its fiords) all in one (on a smaller scale naturally)! Therefore, if you talk to a traveler who has been to NZ, you do have to know whether he/she has been to the NORTH ISLAND or the SOUTH ISLAND. They are two very distinctive landscapes.

My first approach to NZ was at the North Island. It was an eye-opener for me. For someone who has never been to a volcanic country (in its rarest state; Japan is an exception in that it is very well developed with modern skyscrapers), a tectonic plate was a mysterious & new concept to me. Ok, the following paragraph is for the benefit of those readers who has not been acquainted with this natural occurrence.

In geologist term, when one tectonic plate slides under another, it forms a subduction zone. The North Island is on the southern reaches of the zone where the oceanic Pacific plate is sliding underneath the Continental plate, resulting in volcanic activity which in turn created a number of large volcanoes and thermal areas and some equally impressive volcanic depressions. Lake Taupo, NZ's largest lake was formed by gigantic volcanic explosion in 186 AD.

As for the South Island, the geological process is different. Here, the 2 tectonic plates are (still) smashing into each other, resulting in a process called 'crustal shortening'. This has caused the Southern Alps to rise; my visit to the FOX GLACIER & FRANZ JOSEF GLACIER an experience of a lifetime! Check them out on South Island travelogue.

Facts about New Zealand
Do you know that NZ's Capital is Wellington?! (Population: 410,000)
Population: 3.82 million.
Largest City: Auckland (Population: 1 million)
Languages: English, Maori.
National Holiday: Waitangi Day, Feb. 6 (1840).
GDP Per Capita (PPP): US$17,900.
Currency: NZ$ = 100 cents.
Trivia: NZ has more sheeps than citizens!

Web Resources
Country Code: 64
Yellow Pages: YellowPages.co.nz
Newspaper: NZ Herald
CIA World Factbook: Year 2009
Online Travel Guide: Columbus World Travel Guide
Online Destination Guide: LonelyPlanet.com
Map: Lonely Planet Map

  • Last visit to New Zealand: Mar 1997
  • Intro Updated May 9, 2016
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  • hunterV's Profile Photo
    Mar 18, 2010 at 12:13 PM

    Great page about NZ! Thanks!

  • Libi73's Profile Photo
    Mar 5, 2004 at 2:24 AM

    I really loved NZ. You too love NZ. Been there in january.

  • dragontml's Profile Photo
    Feb 13, 2004 at 12:48 AM

    4 months in NZ was a backpacking trip ! Yeah, those sandflies can be a pest at times !

  • margaretvn's Profile Photo
    May 18, 2003 at 3:25 AM

    great page and wonderful photos! I enjoyed your page.

  • shelnlin's Profile Photo
    Apr 26, 2003 at 4:24 AM

    I am very Homesick... seriously Sharrie you have done a beautiful job of my home and I thank you for sharing it with us all. I hope to do one when I return.

  • kenmerk's Profile Photo
    Mar 10, 2003 at 10:13 PM

    Sharrie, as always great page... I can never get enough of NZ...

  • rozehill's Profile Photo
    Feb 7, 2003 at 2:19 AM

    Dazzling pictures. I am glad to live here and enjoy the glory of all our extraordinary scenery etc

  • truus_s's Profile Photo
    Feb 7, 2003 at 1:52 AM

    Wow!!Great page!!and beautifull photos!!

  • Sep 30, 2002 at 12:37 AM

    Amazing pics.

  • pepples46's Profile Photo
    Sep 19, 2002 at 9:11 PM

    yes..there is lot to be done, let's start :-))....so, u did start, excellent..what a great country, eh Sharrie :)))


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