about New Zealand - where Natural Being is proudly made
A country of contrast and variety, New Zealand has vast open spaces filled with
stunning rugged landscapes, towering mountains, pristine lakes and rivers,
gorgeous unpolluted beaches, vast native forests, and often spectacular
geothermal and volcanic activity.
The last landmass on earth to be discovered, New Zealand is situated in the
South Pacific Ocean, between latitude 34’ south and 47’ south, with a land
area of 266,200 sq. km (103,735 sq miles). In comparison, it is about the
same size as the state of California, the whole of Japan and
slightly larger in area than Great Britain.
The first New Zealanders, the Maori, migrated here
from their ancestral Polynesian homeland of
Hawaiki. This was followed approximately 800
years later by extensive European migration.
The Maori name for New Zealand is Aotearoa
and translates to the land of the long white
cloud. The influence of Pacific Island and
Asian immigrants during the 20th century has
helped shape New Zealand into an even more
vibrant and diverse multicultural society.
New Zealand remains a sparsely populated
country of just over 4 million people.