New Zealand: melting pot of cultures
New Zealand is about a four-hour flight east of Australia and, with its two main islands, North Island and South Island, is comparable in size to Great Britain and Japan. With around 4.4 million inhabitants, it is therefore quite deserted. Fascinating landscapes, which vary between lush forests, lakes, snow-covered mountains and countless bays, as well as a special flora and fauna caused by the isolation of New Zealand, offer the visitor a spectacular natural backdrop for the many activities on land, on water and in the air, which meets everyone’s needs for sport and fun.
Today New Zealand is a cultural melting pot of the Maori who immigrated about 1000 years ago, other Pacific immigrants and the Europeans and Asians who arrived centuries later. The informal nickname of all New Zealanders is “Kiwi”, after the heraldic animal of the country. The explorer James Cook came to New Zealand three times and was murdered there in 1779.
For lovers of J.R.R. Tolkien’s “Hobbit” and “Lord of the Rings” have been New Zealand’s mystical Middle-earth since the turn of the millennium. The films were filmed at 250 locations in New Zealand.
The most beautiful yacht charter areas of New Zealand can be discovered during a sailing trip from Auckland in the Hauraki Gulf to the Bay of Islands. You should take about three weeks for this. If you have three more weeks to spare, you should plan a shore excursion to the South Island and back to fully experience the often breathtaking beauty of New Zealand before flying home.