Aotearoa – The Land of the Long White Cloud – God’s Own Country (“Godzone”) – however they are labelled, these islands at the bottom of the world together form one of the most isolated and most beautiful of all countries.
New Zealand is to be found in the extreme southwest corner of the Pacific Ocean, comprising North Island, South Island and Stewart Island. New Zealand also governs Bounty, Campbell, Chatham and Kermadec Island Groups.
The variety from subtropical Northland at the tip of North Island to the fiords of the southernmost region of South Island is immense, covering the range of dazzling white surf beaches, snow-topped ski mountains, geysers, volcanoes, cattle-rearing plains, lakes, forests and above all, sheep pastures. The 65 million sheep of New Zealand outnumber the 3.5 million humans by over 20 to 1.
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