Tag Archives: New Zealand

What Is New Zealand?

It’s been a while since I’ve done this.  A month, in fact.  But I will now continue to go through the top ten countries that visited my blog last year.  In 7th place is a small country with a small population, but it still ranked quite high.  With 147 views in 2014, that makes it only 0.78% of the total.  So, if you are one of those people, I need your help.  If you live in New Zealand, are a New Zealander, or have visited, please give me your opinions.

320px-Flag_of_New_Zealand.svgNew Zealand

New Zealand isn’t a very big country.  With a size of 268,021 square kilometres, it’s the world’s 75th largest country.  It has a population of 4,509,900, making it 123rd in the world.  The capital is Wellington, while the largest city is Auckland with a population of 1,413,700 (1,527,100 metro). The official languages are English, Maori, and New Zealand Sign Language, though English is spoken by nearly everyone.  New Zealand was given self-governance from the UK on January 17, 1853, but it wasn’t until September 26, 1907 that it was independent.  The head of government is the Prime Minister, currently John Key.  The head of state is Queen Elizabeth II, as New Zealand is a member of the British Commonwealth.  The government type is a unitary parliamentary constitutional monarchy.

New Zealand is a country of great natural beauty, unique wildlife, and is quite isolated.  The culture is influenced by both the UK and Australia, though there is also the native Maori culture.  So, I need your help.  If you are from New Zealand, have lived in New Zealand, or have visited New Zealand, please answer these questions:

  1. What places would you say are the best to visit?
  2. What would you say is the truly New Zealander food?
  3. What is a truly New Zealand activity, sport, or pastime?
  4. For the readers out there, who is/was the greatest (or your favourite) New Zealander author?

Thank you very much! Please share this post so we can get as many answers as possible.  It’s much appreciated.

Top Ten: Countries I Want to Visit

I’m going to do something a little different tonight, and do a top ten list.

There are a lot of countries I want to visit.  Actually, I’d love to be able to visit them all, but some are slightly inaccessible due to some dangers and instability.  But here are my top ten countries I want to visit.

1. New Zealand

This is the top country I want to visit for several reasons.  The scenery is absolutely beautiful.  It’s also one of the most remote countries in the world, and has unique animals.  It ranks high in many lists of standard of living, happiness, and more.  It seems like a wonderful place.

2. Ireland

My love of history and the colour green (although blue is my favourite colour) make this a top destination for me.  I want to see the castles and the historic towns.  I want to experience an authentic Irish pub.

3. Norway

The land of my maternal grandmother’s ancestors.  The historic city of Oslo, the picturesque fjords, and the chance to travel north of the Arctic Circle make this one of my top choices.

4. Germany

The land of my maternal grandfather’s ancestors.  Beer and sausages are a big draw for me, I think.  But also the castles, the scenery, and I just have this urge to see Frankfurt.  I like modern cities.  But I also like historic places, and Germany has a lot.

5. Iceland

This country has some amazing scenery.  Absolutely beautiful.  I’d love to see the glaciers, the mountains, the hot springs, and the intriguing capital city of Reykjavik.  This is one country I’d love to go hiking in.

6. Australia

The land of unique animals and incredible scenery, Australia is one of my top choices to visit.  I want to visit the outback, see the desert, check out Darwin, and explore Sydney.  There’s a lot to see.

7. Italy

Mainly for the incredible history, Italy is a top choice for me.  I especially want to explore Rome, but I’m interested in the scenery around the southern part of the country.  I’d love to see some volcanoes while I’m there, too.

8. Costa Rica

This country is a great place for eco-tourism, and has a lot of amazing nature to see.  Being a fairly stable country in a somewhat unstable Central America, it sounds like a nice place to visit.

9. Mongolia

I’ve had this fascination with this country that’s historically been populated by nomadic people.  Ulaan Bataar seems like an interesting city to visit, and the landscape in Mongolia would be amazing to see.

10. Peru

The history here is incredible, and that’s what I’d like to see.  Machu Picchu and the Nazca lines are top things for me to see there.  I’d probably enjoy the hike up to the mountain city, even though it would take quite a while.  I’m willing!

What do you think of my list? What are your top ten countries to visit?