Travel to New Zealand
New Zealand is located in the south-western Pacific Ocean and is the youngest country in the world - it is the last continental islands that have been discovered by seafarers.
New Zealand Relief is mainly hills and mountains, while the western part is famous for the numerous sanctuaries, fjords and glaciers coming down from the slopes of the Southern Alps to the Tasman Sea directly. Landscapes of New Zealand islands are best suited for a science fiction movie. No wonder there were filmed "The Lord of the Rings" and "Avatar."
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It is a country that is extremely environmentally safe and the largest city of Auckland is included in the top 10 best cities to live in 2011.
The main territory of New Zealand consists of two mainland islands, separated from the old continent, with the appropriate name - the South Island and North Island.
The fourth largest lake in New Zealand, Wanaka, July 28, 2011.
From 13 to 28 August in the famous resort of Wanaka New Zealand Winter Games were held. Their implementation allows athletes to test their preparations for the Olympic Games.
Flying snowboarders at the resort Wanaka, August 24, 2011.
The capital of New Zealand Wellington, as well as the largest city of Auckland, which occupies the 10th place in the ranking of the best cities to live in 2011, are located in the North Island the 14th largest island in the world. The photograph of the city center of Wellington, 15 September 2011.
long historical isolation and remoteness from other continents has created a unique and unique natural world of New Zealand. In total, about 1000 years ago, before the advent of the islands of permanent human settlements, historically completely absent from mammals.
Sea lions, September 21, 2011.
From the representatives of the birds are the most famous New Zealand kiwi fauna, which became a national symbol of the country:
In New Zealand, there are 14 resorts, one of which is Dunedin - this is one of the largest cities in the island nation. It is a bell at the local beach, which serves to alert swimmers of the danger of approaching sharks, September 21, 2011.
Sunset over the resort in Dunedin, 21 September 2011.
From September 9 to October 23, 2011 in New Zealand held the 7th Rugby World Cup. This is the biggest sporting event ever held on the island nation. The opening ceremony of the championship in Auckland, September 9, 2011.
Match in the Rugby World Cup between Australia and Ireland at the stadium in Auckland, September 17, 2011 in Oakland.
According to the Guinness Book of Records, the steepest street in the world is Street Baldwin in Dunedin in New Zealand. At 359 meters long it rises almost 80 meters. On the steepest stretch in the 161 meter street rises to 47.22 meters, which creates a bias as much as 38 degrees.
In this street for traditional annual competition, in which participants are required as soon as possible, first to run down the street from bottom to top and then from top to bottom, 18 September 2011.
the third largest lake of the country - Wakatipu, which has a glacial origin, and New Zealand alpine resort of Queenstown. According to the legends of the indigenous people of New Zealand Maori, the water level of the process of change in the lake - it is the heartbeat of the giant, whose body forms a lake bed, September 14, 2011.
February 22, 2011 in the city of Christchurch in New Zealand there was a strong earthquake of magnitude 6.3 occurred. It was the largest natural disaster in New Zealand over the past 80 years. Severe damage was a stone building of the cathedral in the center of Christchurch. It is still not restored, September 7, 2011.
The largest city Auckland country, located in the North Island, September 20, 2011.
Auckland is surrounded by three marine bays, 48 extinct volcanoes are located within the boundaries of the city. This view of Auckland from the Sky Tower - the highest building in the southern hemisphere, 328 meters.
Gulf Waikawau, New Zealand.
Lost emperor penguin traveler on the beach coast Kapiti Island, June 20, 2011. He mistakenly sailed from Antarctica to New Zealand, breaking the more than 3 000 kilometers. Emperor penguins do not usually go out to the people, and the last time they were seen more than 44 years ago on the shores of New Zealand.
The economy of New Zealand make up the agriculture, manufacturing and food processing and tourism. The country's economy is export-oriented. Somewhere in the hills near the city of Dunedin, 20 September 2011.
One of the main articles of the national economy is a sheep.
Industrial sheep in New Zealand was in 2005 more than 40 million heads.
This country is the world's largest wool producer, September 19, 2011.
The city-resort of Queenstown, located in the south-western part of New Zealand's South Island. Mountain View, 15 September 2011.
Interesting fact: "Taumatauakatangiangakoauauotamateaturipukakapikimaungahoronukupokanuenuakitanatahu '- unpronounceable name of a small mountain in the North Island, one of the longest place names in the world. A pointer to the name:
Taupo - a crater lake in the North Island of New Zealand, which is the largest lake in New Zealand and the largest freshwater lake in the South Pacific and Australia. His area is comparable to the Singapore area. The lake was formed as a result of the strongest eruption of Taupo about 27 000 years ago:
New Zealand is one of the few countries in the southern hemisphere, which has on its territory glaciers. Tasmanian glacier ice forms a narrow tongue length of 27 km, a width in places up to 3 km; the total area of 52 km² it.
In some parts of the Tasmanian glacier reaches a thickness of 610 meters and is the largest glacier in New Zealand.
People in traditional dress on segveyah - electric scooters, September 20, 2011.
The climate of New Zealand is diverse: from Alpine in the South Island to the tropical, in remote northern areas. But in New Zealand came to the winter cold in August this year. Heavy snow storm broke out in the North Island. New Zealanders have not seen this for almost 70 years, August 16, 2011.
The New Zealand Winter Games in the famous resort of Wanaka, August 23, 2011.
In general, in New Zealand there are several first-class ski resorts, which are both in the North and the South Islands. The season begins in mid-June and lasts till the beginning of October. Wanaka, 31 July 2011.
Seal on the beach in Dunedin on September 21, 2011. In the coastal waters of New Zealand lives up to 3000 species of fish and other marine life. Flora There are about 2000 species of plants.
The tallest building in New Zealand and the whole of the southern hemisphere - Sky Tower, located in the largest city of Auckland Country:
On the tower there is a famous attraction is Sky Jump - jump from a height of 192 meters, during which reached the rate of fall of 85 km / h, Auckland, September 2, 2011.
In this first encounter with New Zealand coming to an end. We hope we were able to convey some impressions of this wonderful country. Sunset on the beach in Dunedin, September 5, 2011.