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About New Zealand

Laying in the shadow of Australia are the North and South islands of New Zealand. The islands are rampant with narrow mountain linings covered in green lush native flora almost resembling that of Hawaii. Each vineyard is within 80 miles of the sea which allows the climate to remain temperate and desirable. The ‘kiwis’ (a nickname for New Zealanders which derives from a flightless bird) are known as being friendly and laid-back, and frankly, why wouldn’t they be? Unlike Australia, New Zealand is not home to any dangerous creatures. The only creature that has ‘overrun’ the islands are woolly sheep as there are nine sheep for every person living in New Zealand. New Zealand ranks #1 for having vineyards located as south as possible in the world. Regardless of this, many people still travel to the islands for a relaxing retreat of hikes, kayaking, and wine tasting. The nation is relatively small in comparison to others and many long-term tourists are known for renting vans which allow them to travel and camp around the islands. Many tourists take it upon themselves to visit wineries along the winding roads as they travel. Imagine driving for hours among jaw-dropping landscapes, hopping from winery to winery, talk about a tough life! The most popular white wine in New Zealand is sauvignon blanc which comes from a grape that is most famously grown in the Marlborough wine district. Even though New Zealand mainly produces white wine (additionally to sauvignon blanc, the country also produces great chardonnays and sparkling wines), their red wines are also just as tasty. New Zealand is also famous for lamb, a dish that can be paired seamlessly with their natively grown pinot noir, cabernet sauvignon, or merlot.

FACTS

Population
4.886 million (2018)

Area
268,021 sq km (103,483 sq mi)