If you want a beautiful beachfront holiday destination, Waihau bay in the eastern Bay of Plenty, East Cape region, is the place to be. Check out the link for a suggestion on touring the East Cape.
New Zealand's spectacularly beautiful landscape includes vast mountain chains, steaming volcanoes, sweeping coastlines, deeply indented fiords and lush rainforests.  Waihau Bay is located in the far east of the North Island, a remote rural and coastal area, untouched by development, no highrise or fast food outlets, just pristine ocean, clean rivers, back country beef and sheep stations, clear waterfalls, maori settlements and meeting houses, historical sites and steeped in history.

New Zealand is comparable in size and/or shape to Great Britain, Colorado and Japan, New Zealand has a population of only 3.8 million - making it one of the world's least crowded countries. It is a haven for those seeking peace, rejuvenation and relaxation as well as a playground for thrillseekers and adventurers. A temperate climate with relatively small seasonal variation makes it a year-round holiday destination.

The North of New Zealand is sub-tropical and the South temperate. The warmest months are December, January and February, and the coldest June, July and August. The East cape area has a sub tropical climate, in and around the Waihau Bay area orchards grow Macadamia Nuts, Avocado, kiwi fruit, bananas, grapes, cherimoya and babaco.

Our Summer season has average maximum temperature ranges between 20-30ºC and in winter between 10-15ºC. You can check on weather conditions in New Zealand on the New Zealand Met Service website.  Water temperatures in the summer reach between 20 and 23 degrees and at the time the Big game fish are plentiful in the area, these include Striped, Blue and Black Marlin, Yellowfin, Albacore and Skipjack Tuna.  Check out our fishing page for more information on sealife.

Getting Here
New Zealand is a three and a half hour flight from Eastern Australia, a non-stop overnight flight from the United States, and around 10 hours flight from most places on the Pacific Rim, like Singapore, Hong Kong and Tokyo.

Our Population
New Zealand is an independent nation and a member of the British Commonwealth. It has a diverse multicultural population of around 3.8 million people.  The majority of New Zealanders are of british descent, The largest minority is New Zealands indigenous Maori who make up 14% of the population.

North Island - New Zealand
South Island - New Zealand

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English is the common and everyday language of New Zealand. You may also hear other languages spoken, including Maori, which is also an official language of New Zealand.

Time Differences
New Zealand is one of the first places in the world to see the new day. It is 12 hours ahead of GMT (Greenwich Mean Time). In summer New Zealand has daylight saving, when clocks are put forward one hour to GMT+13. Daylight saving begins on the last Sunday in September and ends on the first Sunday of the following April, when clocks are put back to GMT+12.