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New Zealand, also known as Aotearoa (its Māori name meaning “the land of the long white cloud”) or the “green Island on the other side of the earth”, boasts jaw-dropping landscapes, fabulous festivals and superb food and wines.

More than one-third of the country is designated protected parks and marine reserves. New Zealand is world famous for its culture, being a relatively young country with a lot of different settler backgrounds ranging from British to Polynesian.

The country is sometimes called "The Shaky Isles" because it is situated on the boundary between two of the world's largest tectonic plates (Pacific Plate and Indo-Australia Plate), which in turn leads to earthquakes and volcanic activity that have formed this beautiful country.

2018 spotlight on Waitangi

Events and Celebrations

November NetHui
February 6 Waitangi Day
February 12-18, 2018 Responsible Travel Week 2018 #rtweek18
April 25 Anzac Day
June 15, 2018 Matariki
August 2018 Te Wiki o Te Tangata Whenua (Indigenous Peoples Week); hashtag: #ipw8
tk Te Wiki o te Reo Māori (Māori Language Week)
March 2019 Te Matatini Kapa Haka - Facebook

Current time and weather in New Zealand

If it is 4pm in Auckland, what time is it elsewhere?

John's gone: The end of NZ's Mr Feelgood

2017 General Election,_2017


Google Docs

Collaboration in NZ Travel and Tourism


NZ Westcoast

Wiki Essays

New Zealand Flickr
New Zealand Links
New Zealand Slang
New Zealand Tourism Notes
Oceania Tourism
Oceania Survey
New Zealand's Wildlife, Biodiversity, Parks and Protected Areas



Aotearoa, being situated in the south-west Pacific Ocean, consists of separated islands: the biggest ones being the north and the south island and numerous small islands along the coast line. The capital, Wellington, can be found on the very end of the north island, just a ferry ride away from the topper south island. There are three official languages that are spoken in the country of the long white cloud: English, Māori and the sign language. The total area of 268km² is inhabited by numerous ethnic groups like Europeans, Māoris, Asians and Pacific Islanders and features several vibrant cities like Auckland, Christchurch, Wellington and Dunedin.


Considering the number of inhabitants, New Zealand is a relatively small country, counting only 4.8 million inhabitants, of which one-third lives in the exciting and most vibrant metropolis: Auckland (called Tamaki Makaurau in Māori). Aotearoa is a very multicultural nation as many Kiwis are either immigrants themselves or are descendants. The first settlers were the Māori about 800 years ago, followed by large numbers of immigrants from the United Kingdom, people from neighboring Pacific Islands including Samoa and Tonga, Chinese and Korean migrants, and new residents from a wide range of countries such as the United States, South Africa, Zimbabwe and India. Shaped by these multi-cultural influences New Zealand can be seen as a very modern and democratic society which is rich of culture and which has no ingrained class system.

Freedom of speech, expression and religious beliefs are guaranteed by law and widely practiced throughout the country. A national addiction to all groups is sport, including rugby, cricket, hiking, kayaking, fishing, white-water rafting, football, basketball, skiing and much more.


Around 1300 East Polynesian people arrived in Aotearoa (New Zealand). Now known as Māori, they did not identify themselves by this summarising name until the first European people arrived in New Zealand. On December 13, 1642, Abel Janszoon Tasman, a dutch seafarer, explorer and merchant was the very first European to see New Zealand. But European settlement did not take place until a century later when the explorer Captain James Cook claimed New Zealand for Britain in 1769. In 1868 New Zealand became the first country in the world to let its native people vote and in 1893 it became the first country in the world to give all women the vote. In 1908 New Zealand’s population reached 1 million, in 1952 2 million, in 1973 3 million and in 2003 New Zealand’s population reached 4 million citizens. In the year 1953 Sir Edmund Hillary (a native of New Zealand) conquered Mt Everest. Fourteen years later in 1967 the New Zealand Dollar is introduced by the Government. In 1985 the world watched New Zealand as it refused port entry to a US Nuclear Warship, breaking the ANZUS Pact, and establishing itself as the world's first anti-nuclear country. The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King, directed by New Zealander Sir Peter Jackson, won 11 Oscars in 2004. In 2011, New Zealand hosted and won the Rugby World Cup by defeating France 8–7. OnFebruary 22, 2012, a 6.3 magnitude earthquake struck Christchurch. The death toll was 185, making it New Zealand’s worst natural disaster in terms of loss of life since 1931.

Roughly said there is nothing in NZ than can kill you beside the weather as it varies greatly throughout the country. It could be sunny and warm on the East Coast, while pouring with rain on the West Coast. Experiencing four seasons in one day is not that unusual. But generally speaking New Zealand is a very sunny country as Auckland, for example, has about 265 days of sunshine per year.

The range of temperatures between winter and summer is less extreme than in most countries with the maximum temperature during summer ranging between 20-30°C (68-86°F) and between 10-15°C (50-59°F) in winter. The far north can be considered as the warmest part of the country throughout the year which allows all sorts of outdoor activities.


Signposts – a blog about Te Ara the Encyclopedia of New Zealand
  • 25 new stories of trailblazing New Zealand women Tuesday
    This week we’re publishing 25 new biographies of women in the Dictionary of New Zealand Biography (DNZB), to celebrate the 125th anniversary of women winning the right to vote: Anderson, Amy Mona writer, rural memoirist Bailey, Rona&nbs...
  • The Dictionary of New Zealand Biography rides again Nov 5, 2017
    This week Te Ara marks an important milestone: the publication of the first new Dictionary of New Zealand Biography entry since 2011. Joan Druett has written a new entry on the Polynesian navigator, Tupaia, the subject of her award-winning biograp...
  • As the actress said to the woman bishop Mar 6, 2017
    Prompted by International Women’s Day (March 8), I decided to see if, where and how sexist language is used on Te Ara. After a brief search I found these image titles: woman road marker, Jane Winstone with another woman pilot, Alice Baston, ...
  • Webstock – demystifying tech and UX Mar 5, 2017
    Following on from my previous blog, this year at Webstock Ashley Nelson-Hornstein gave a great talk entitled ‘Humanities x Technology’, where she advocated for a demystification of the tech industry and inclusion of contributors with s...
  • Celebrating seventy years of symphony Mar 4, 2017
    Happy birthday to the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra On the morning of 24 August 2016, to the sound of a karanga, 23 NZSO players, crew and staff arrived at Te Kura Kaupapa Māori O te Waiū O Ngāti Porou, in Ruatoria – a townsh...

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Recommended Listening

Radio NZ is New Zealand's national radio broadcaster as well as the international broadcaster to the South Pacific. You can find an amazing array of podcasts including Mediawatch, Spectrum and Te Ahi Kaa (which focuses on Māori culture). Check out the latest and most popular podcasts.

Nga Uruoara - As tribute to the noted New Zealand botanist and eco-historian Geoff Park who died in 2009, Radio New Zealand National is featuring his 6-part radio series Paralleling his 1995 book Nga Uruora – The Groves of Life Ecology and History in a New Zealand Landscape.

Road Map - Pirongia - Located 20 minutes' drive between Hamilton and Te Awamutu is today's roadmap destination of Pirongia. The village is a popular service town for tourists on State Highway 39 who are heading to the Waitomo Caves. The village has a rich history. It's home to the DB Draught Clydesdales which became famous in the 80s. It's also where King Tawhio declared peace and an end to the Waikato land wars.

Roadside Stories is a series of audio guides that follow major road trips in New Zealand. The stories cover the places you’ll pass along the way – their people, their history, their cultural and natural significance.

Becoming New Zealand - George Andrews looks at some of the people and the events that determined the route followed on the journey towards nationhood.

Paul Moon - NZ History - Professor Paul Moon, from Auckland University of Technology, is a prolific writer about New Zealand history. His latest book takes a less than conventional look at the analysis and creation of the past - as we know it, or think we do.

Wai Pounamu: Waters of Greenstone - Matthew Leonard was invited to make location sound recordings on—and sometimes in—one of the fast flowing rivers of the South Island of New Zealand, the Arahura.

New Zealand A to Z - T is for Tuatapere, a small rural town in Southland. Tuatapere is located eight kilometres from the southern coast of the South Island. The town is on the Southern Scenic Route from Invercargill to Te Anau making it a well-travelled tourist stop. The main local industries are forestry and farming.

Radio Sport covers all the netball and rugby action.

Other faves include Kiwifm and RDU - 98.5FM , Christchurch's alternative independent radio station, broadcast from Canterbury University. podcast of the RDU morning show. New music is also featured on Loop and The Edge. Wellington Access Radio features EarthSounZ

Tourism Portals -

Industry Essays

New Zealand Tourism Notes (2011)
Working notes from the World Environment Day Talk (2008)
New Zealand Survey (2007)
Ecotourism Challenges (2007)
New Zealand Presentations (2007)


Te Wiki o Te Reo Māori, Māori Language Week
I heart Radio New Zealand



Twitter Hashtags


New Zealand Twitter 09.2017


New Zealand


archives nz
Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa
Wild About New Zealand
National Digital Forum -

White Man Behind A Desk - @ManWithDesk

ITBW Award

TIME Unlimited Tours (winner)
Te Urewera Treks (finalist)


New Zealand

Te Matatini
Te Matatini is a national indigenous dance festival in which Kapa Haka performers from all around New Zealand come together to compete for the noble and honor of winning the national finals.



New Zealand - Ron Mader


New Zealand
North Island
South Island

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Bay of Plenty

Environment Bay of Plenty








Gisborne - Our sport of choice is waka ama or outrigger canoe racing. We operate from Marina Park in the heart of Gisborne City on the East Coast of the North Island. Marina Park is located at the junction of the two rivers Waimata & Taruheru. They trisect the city and suburbs and form the Turanganui River at their confluence,. which then flows on out into the Pacific Ocean, about one kilometre downstream.

Hauraki Gulf


Waikato Museum was established in 1987 and is one of Hamilton’s largest and more unusual buildings.


Pureora Forest Park


Hawkes Bay

Karangahake Gorge


The Hawkes Bay Māori Tourism Trust has opened an information and booking office on Marine Parade in Napier.


What would locals like visitors know about Nelson, New Zealand?,173.1960541,8z
Nelson Museum -

Southland - community driven website with excellent podcast

Parihaka is a small Taranaki settlement, located seven kilometres inland from 'Te Moana Tāpokopoko a Tawhaki' the Tasman Sea, midway from Mt Taranaki. Sitting quietly in a landscape of volcanic lahar, this unassuming village is a site of immense historical and cultural importance. The events that took place in and around Parihaka particularly from about 1860 to 1900 have affected the political, cultural and spiritual dynamics of the entire country.

Hawkes Bay


Kawarau River - Lake Wakatipu

northwestern Otago, drains to the Kawarau River, which flows for about 60 kilometers until it reaches Lake Dunstan near Cromwell. The Shotover River enters it from the north; the Nevis River enters it from the south. The river passes through the steep Kawarau gorge during its journey.

The Roaring Meg power station features along the shore of the Kawarau River. In the 19th century, gold was extracted from the river. Some of the miners' huts remain today, many of them close to thriving vineyards. The Kawarau Bridge, 43 meters above the river, is the site of the world's first commercial bungee jumping operation. Experience Queenstown

Lake Tekapo

Lake Tekapo has one of the most spectacular night skies in the world. Visitors are amazed by the clarity and sheer numbers of stars visible to the naked eye during Lake Tekapo's night.

Lake Tekapo's night sky has interested more than just the visitors. Canterbury University operates a astronomical observatory on top of Mt John, overlooking Lake Tekapo. The clear skies and low levels of local light pollution have helped astronomers put Mt John observatory on the international map with observations and discoveries of the southern sky.

Tekapo Tourism has installed a webcam overlooking Lake Tekapo at Mount John. Click here to view the latest image from the camera.

Both day and night tours of Mt John University Observatory are now available through Earth and Sky tours. See our activities page for contact information.


Matakana Coast

The Matakana Coast region stretches from Puhoi in the south to Pakiri in the north, and includes Leigh, Matakana, Mahurangi and Warkworth. This region has experienced rapid development both as a tourism and lifestyle destination over recent years.


Golden Shears
Aratoi, the Wairarapa Museum of Art and History

Mount Ruapehu

Mount Tangariro
Twitter: #tongariro


New Plymouth

New Plymouth is the major city of the Taranaki region on the west coast of the North Island of New Zealand. A coastal city, it has access to mountains within a 30-minute drive. Notable features are the Botanic Gardens (Pukekura Park), the 7 kilometers (4.3 miles) coastal walkway alongside the Tasman Sea, the Len Lye-designed 45-meter (150 foot) tall artwork known as the Wind Wand, and views of Mount Taranaki (also known as Mount Egmont). The city has 110 parks covering 1,200 hectares.


In the early 20th century, Northland was referred to as ‘God’s own country, with the Devil’s own roads’:

Conservation Minister Tim Groser has asked the New Zealand Conservation Authority (NZCA) to investigate the creation of a new National Park in Northland.

"I have formally asked the NZCA to begin its investigation and consultation process towards giving National Park status to the conservation land surrounding the great Kauri forests of Northland. The proposed National Park in the Waipoua Forest, north of Dargaville, is a pristine forest area with outstanding natural, historic and recreational values. The area includes the magnificent Tane Mahuta (Lord of the Forest) - New Zealand's largest known living Kauri tree - and Trounson Kauri Park which has a magnificent dense stand of Kauri.

"A visit to Tane Mahuta is part of the iconic kiwi experience for visitors and tourists alike. It is has been estimated that only 2 per cent of our Kauri remains - most of that in the forests of Northland. There are currently no National Parks in the area and this Government is committed to protecting this amazing landscape," Mr Groser said.

The Kauri forests of Northland are also home to several threatened species, such as North Island brown kiwi, kukupa (NZ pigeon), pekapeka (bats) and Kauri snails.

Investigating the proposed new National Park may take up to a year and includes significant consultation with the tangata whenua, Te Iwi o Te Roroa, local authorities, iwi groups and the public. For more information about the proposed new Kauri National Park, visit: Department of Conservation

North Island

Palmerston North



Rotorua (Bay of Plenty)

Rotorua hosted the Indigenous Weavers Invitational in January 2010 -


Ruahine Forest Park

Stewart Island

Stewart Island Flights
Yellow-eyed penguin foraging
Stewart Island



Ulva Island

Waiheke Island


Treaty of Waitangi - Radio New Zealand
Treaty of Waitangi - NZHistory
Waitangi Day News
Waitangi Day - Ministry for Culture and Heritage
Waitangi National Trust
Teanau Tuiono, Waitangi 2007
Local time


The word Waitomo comes from the Māori language wai meaning water and tomo meaning a doline or sinkhole; it can thus be translated to be water passing through a hole.



Kiwi Capital of the World -

Whanganui - Facebook
Whanganui also spelled Wanganui, is an urban area and district on the west coast of the North Island of New Zealand. It is part of the Manawatu-Wanganui region.
Whanganui Regional Museum


Whangarei is the main population center of Northland, known to the local Ngapuhi Māori, as te Taitokerau, or Te Ika a Maui - the Tail of the Fish. The North Island of New Zealand, is the shape of a giant fish pulled from the ocean by Maui. Whangarei’s subtropical climate, fertile soils and rainfall provide an ideal environment for horticulture - the growing of food. Tourism is the region’s second-biggest income earner. Key icons include The Poor Knights Islands, majestic Mount Manaia and the Twin Coast Discovery Highway which has been developed to guide and spread visitors around the whole of Northland.

The Whangarei Harbour Marine Reserve came into being on the 18th of October 2006 and comprises two sites - Waikaraka and around Motukaroro/Passage Island at Reotahi. The combined area of both sites is approximately 253.7 hectares or 2.54% of the Whangarei Harbour.


Recent Events
October 13-14 National Digital Forum
- Livestreaming Video
- Programme
- Hashtag: #ndfnz
- Slideshare: People, Communities and Platforms: Digital Cultural Heritage and the Web - @tjowens
- YouTube: NDF 2014's presentations

September 9-16 Conservation Week Flickr group
May 22-25 - Trenz - #trenz2011

September 2nd and 3rd - Ecotourism New Zealand Conference in Rotorua (Bay of Plenty)

June 25 As seen on Twitter! NZTRI, Food provenance for the provinces - The strongest global food trends are eating food that is sustainable, local and preferably organic. This means that establishing food provenance - the connection between the food producers and their place, or “terroir” to use a wine term, is becoming increasingly important.These food producers are the real artisans (and the future stars of New Zealand’s food industry). While they are growing in number in NZ, they struggle to thrive because of lack of business skills, resources, and support networks and infrastructure.

Kiwis at #COP11

Google Docs

World Leaders Met to Save the Planet and the Only Full Public Record Is This Google Doc
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White Man Behind a Desk

New Zealand

‪⚡️ “Waitangi Day” by @ronmader‬

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