Cathedral Cove, North Island
White Island, North Island
Taupo, Maori carving on Lake Taupo
Located in the southwestern part of the Pacific Ocean, New Zealand occupies the temperate latitudes of the southern hemisphere.
The country is mainly composed of two large, unevenly mountainous islands: the northern one is dotted with volcanoes, some of which are still active; that of the South is crossed by the massif of the Alps.
Volcanism, geothermal and tropical coasts in the North; mountains, fjords and glacial lakes in the South: New Zealand is full of landscapes with unique aesthetic values.
Territorial diversity is also climatic: subject to the west winds, the islands have strong East-West contrasts in terms of rainfall and temperature. The mountains are snow-capped, and the longitudinal profile of the two islands reveals a North-South climate difference. In addition, the small population (less than 5 million inhabitants) and its concentration in some territories release large areas in the hinterlands. Auckland and Wellington are home to almost half of the population.
Finally, the small size of the country makes these territories close to each other and accessible quickly. You can reach places that are both close to each other and very varied. Have the feeling of being in a jungle, and being able to be an hour or two later in the Alps, or a desert of altitude or hills that remind you of Ireland. All these types of places are within a few hours of each other, and few places in the world offer this.
In addition, New Zealand landscapes are accessible. Despite low occupancy, New Zealand has a good road network that connects major urban centers while making the hinterland accessible.