Estimate population 4,027,950 - Capital: Wellington
Vast contrasts in natural beautiful regions exist in New Zealand's north and south islands. Fjords, beaches, glaciers, volcanoes, snowcapped mountains, subtropical bush, clear streams and geysers are only some of the exiting places to visit. Tourism plays a major role in New Zealand and it is often said that you can find the whole of Europe in New Zealand. The choice is endless and with places like Auckland, Christchurch, Manukau, Wellington, and Dunedin why shop or stop anywhere else?
The major range is the Southern Alps with peaks such as Mount Cook, Mount Ruapehu, and Mount Egmont (Taranaki) towering sky high. Major rivers to explore are Waikato, Clutha, Waitaki, and Wanganui. Beautiful major lakes such as Lake Taupo, Lake Benmore, and Te Anau Lake are simply waiting to be discovered.