Get ready for mammoth national parks, dynamic Māori culture, and world-class surfing and skiing. New Zealand can be mellow or action-packed, but it's always epic. The country is the adventure capital of the world. Hiking, skydiving, caving, bungy jumping, skiing — everything here is geared towards getting you outside and doing something incredible.
New Zealand is a mountainous island nation sitting isolated in the Southwest Pacific, and so the weather tends to be pretty unpredictable. That said, it means that you can come at any time of year and still get glorious days. Our seasons are opposite to the Northern Hemispheres and most people who visit New Zealand choose to come during our summer season, which is December through February.
Buses are the main form of public transport in New Zealand. Trains, ferries and trams have also been offering in some areas. Many visitors choose to rent a "campervan" as a way to explore New Zealand's lush countryside, save on accommodations, and participate in the country's rich camping tradition. There are plenty of holiday parks and sites in which to park overnight, but free camping isn’t allowed anymore in most of New Zealand.
New Zealand has a very unique and dynamic culture. The culture of its indigenous Māori people affects the language, the arts, and even the accents of all New Zealanders. Their place in the South Pacific and their love of the outdoors, sport, and the arts make New Zealanders and their culture unique in the world. Haka also one of the traditional culture for Māori people. The haka is a ceremonial dance or challenge in Māori culture. It is a posture dance performed by a group with vigorous movements and stamping of the feet with rhythmically shouted accompaniment.
New Zealand is world-famous for its culinary delights, but there are certainly some meals, snacks, desserts and even drinks that Kiwi are extremely proud to claim as their own. As a country with around 15,000km of coastline, it comes as no surprise that seafood is especially a favourite among Kiwis with a wealth of shellfish and fish. Food, or “kai”, has been a significant part of the Maori culture for thousands of years so it’s a must to try a traditional Maori dish, whether it’s hangi, fried bread or kawakawa tea. Don’t visit the West Coast of the South Island without trying whitebait fritters. It’s considered a sin in New Zealand
While English is the predominant language spoken in New Zealand, there are two actual official languages in New Zealand. Māori became an official language in 1987 while in April 2006, New Zealand became the first country to declare sign language as an official language, alongside Māori. New Zealand Sign Language, or NZSL, is the main language of the deaf community in New Zealand.
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