1600 kilometres (1000 miles) in length, New Zealand consists of two major islands – North 115,000 square kilometres (44,000 square miles). South 151,000 square kilometres (58,300 square miles). Stewart Island 1700 square kilometres (656 square miles) is located immediately south of the South Island. The country is situated 10,400 kilometres (6,462 miles) south-west of North America, 1700 kilometres (1056 miles) south of Fiji, and 2250 kilometres (1400 miles) east of Australia.
New Zealand has a population of 4.1 million, mostly of British descent; this population also includes 280,000 Maoris. The Maoris, of Polynesian origin, came to New Zealand in a series of migrations beginning in A.D. 1350. Today, both Maori and Pakeha (European) are a united population sharing the same legal and citizenship right and enjoying a harmony experienced in few other countries of similarly mixed ethnic background.
New Zealand enjoys long sun hours throughout the country. Seasons are the reverse of those in the Northern Hemisphere The sub-tropical regions north of Auckland support oranges, grapefruit and other sub-tropical fruit. Below Auckland, the North Island experiences frosts at night in the winter but snow generally only falls on the mountain peaks.
Extensive orchards and vineyards in the Hawkes Bay region indicate long warm summers. The South Island has extensive snow falls on the Southern Alps chain during the winter, most of which disappears in the summer months, feeding the hundreds of lakes, rivers and fiords.
Temperatures are warm enough to support vineyards and tobacco growing on the northern coast and north east corner of the South Island.
Generally speaking New Zealanders dress casually for most occasions. Even in the best hotels and night clubs, although neat attire is expected, formal dress (a suit and tie) are not imperative.
While touring in late springs, summer and autumn, garments of cotton or other cool washable materials are suggested. It is essential to include a sweater, cardigan or jacket for cooler weather, especially in the mountains. Comfortable shoes and a light raincoat are also recommended. In late autumn and winter carry all-season coats ad generally warm clothing.
BOOKING AND PAYMENT CONDITIONS
Full booking and payment conditions will be supplied with a written quotation and itinerary. If you have any specific enquiries in this regard, please enclose these with your booking sheet.
Tour prices quoted to you are all packages prices and a separate breakdown of services will not be rendered.
International airfares are not included, but can be arranged. For full information on airfares to and from New Zealand, contact your travel agent or international airline.
It is recommended you purchase comprehensive travel insurance to cover the duration of your holiday and to protect you against cancellation charges, loss or damage to luggage and personal effects, loss of cash and medical expenses. Full details are available from your travel agent or international airline.
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