Wellington is the capital of New Zealand. It is located on the south of the North Island. Wellington is situated around a large harbour and ranges. It is a very hilly city, which gives rise to some very inovative architecture.
The Tongariro National Park is located roughly in the center of the North Island. It contains the three volcanoes: Mt Ruapehu, Ngauruhoe and Mt Tongariro. Mt Ruapehu provides the main skiing areas for the North Island.
Kapiti Island is located about 40kms north of Wellington. It is a special place as it is a reserve for New Zealand native flora and fauna. All pests on the island were erradicated around 1996, and since then the native plant and bird species have flourished.
Access to Kapiti Island is by permit only and the number of visitors are limited to a maximum of 50 per day.
Egmont National Park is located in the central west coast of the North Island. Egmont is the European name, but is being phased out in favour of the original name Taranaki.
Mt Taranaki is a classic coned shaped volcano that has been dormant for a long time, although it is expected to erupt sometime in the future.
The Tararua Forest Park is about 50km north of Wellington and covering 155,000 hectares.
This is a rugged area of steep sided hills covered largely in native beech forest with wind-lashed ridges of rotten rock and tussock grass rising to over 1500 metres in places.
The Wairarapa region is located on the south eastern side of the North Island. It is a large farming area and contains up and coming wineries. It is also noted for its very rugged coast line and great fishing.
Kaikoura is located on the north weast coast of the South Island. It is surrounded by large snow covered mountains (in winter) that almost reach the sea.
Kaikoura is very famous for its year round population of male sperm whales. The whales, dolphines and seals are very accessable and numerous in this area.
Mt Cook or Aoraki is the highest mountain in New Zealand at a height of 3754m. It was actually 10 metres taller a few years ago, but suffered an enormous avalanche. The area also contains Tasman Glacier which is the longest in New Zealand.
The Canterbury Region is located on the east coast of the South Island. It includes the city of Christchurch, the fertile Canterbury plains, wonderful coastline and the mountains which rise straight up from the plains. Mt Hutt is the main ski area and is located just 1 hours drive from Christchurch.
The Dunedin region is located in the south east of the South Island. The city of Dunedin has some wonderful architecture and a real Scottish influence, particularly Lanlock Castle.
The Otago Peninsula which surrounds Dunedin is a great wildlife haven. It is well known for its albatross colony as well as seals and pengiuns.
Queenstown is described as the adventure capital of New Zealand and probably the world!. You can try activities such as heli-skiing, jet boating, bungy jumping, fly by wire, hiking and the list goes on. It is in an ideal location to visit the surrounding areas such as Milford Sound and the well known walking tracks.
Milford Sound is located in Fiordland in the south west of the South Island. It is one of the most well known areas in New Zealand. It is almost impossible to portray the immense scale the towering cliffs and sharply rising peaks of the area. All of the Sounds in the area are actually Fiords and were incorrectly named. The difference is that a Fiord is a flooded glacial vallery and a Sound is a flooded river valley.
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