Fun Facts: 5 Reasons To Visit New Zealand

New Zealand is more than just Australia’s little brother. It’s a beautiful and exciting country. Here are five reasons why you should visit the land of the Kiwis.

Extreme Sports

New Zealand is the adventure capital of the world. There are plenty of exhilarating activities for thrill seekers. You can go bungee jumping, sky diving and white water rafting. If you love excitement, then New Zealand is the place for you. Don’t worry though! There are plenty of other sports for those more comfortable on land. New Zealand are the world champions at rugby and natives are big fans of tennis, cricket and softball.

The Weather

New Zealand has a temperate climate. This means it is never too hot or cold. They have long warm summers, which is great for spending time at the many beaches. In the winters it is cold enough to snow. This is good news for winter sports. There are plenty of opportunities to go skiing and snowboarding.

Maoris

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Maori culture is an important part of New Zealand’s history. Maoris are the indigenous Polynesian people of New Zealand. They have a unique culture with their own language, distinctive crafts and performing arts. The New Zealand rugby team performs a haka dance before each match. This is a traditional Maori war cry. Visit Rotorua if you want to see a Maori cultural show.

Auckland

Auckland is the largest city in New Zealand. The Economist magazine wrote that Auckland was one of the top ten most liveable cities in the world. The city’s Sky Tower is the tallest free standing structure in the entire Southern Hemisphere. It is one of the few cities in the world to have harbors on two separate major bodies of water. Kaplan’s English school in Auckland sits between these two beautiful harbors.

Lord Of The Rings

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New Zealand is home to the Lord of the Rings trilogy and the new Hobbit films. You can take Lord of the Rings tours throughout the country. There are even visits to places where key scenes took place. Most of the sets have been removed can still see some of the Hobbit houses on the North Island. If you like Lord of the Rings, you’ll love New Zealand.

Have you visited New Zealand? Do you agree with our five reasons? Tell Kaplan what you think is the best reason to visit on Facebook.

Did you see any challenging words in the above blog post? Learn their meanings below! 

Vocabulary:

Exhilarating: Feeling very happy and excited
Temperate: Not extreme
Indigenous: Originally from a country or region
Distinctive: Has a special quality

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