New Zealand: General Information

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Capital: Wellington
Currency: New Zealand Dollar (NZ$)
Famous Landmark:
Flag Carrier:
Major Airport: Auckland Airport
Motto: none, formerly Onward
National Anthem: God Defend New Zealand and God Save the Queen GMT: +13:00
Nicknames: God Zone, The Long White Cloud.

Aotearoa (often translated as "land of the long white cloud") is the current Māori name for New Zealand, and is also used in New Zealand English. It is unknown whether Māori had a name for the whole country before the arrival of Europeans, with Aotearoa originally referring to just the North Island. Abel Tasman sighted New Zealand in 1642 and called it Staten Landt, supposing it was connected to a landmass of the same name at the southern tip of South America. In 1645 Dutch cartographers renamed the land Nova Zeelandia after the Dutch province of Zeeland. British explorer James Cook subsequently anglicised the name to New Zealand.

New Zealand has a largely temperate climate. While the far north has subtropical weather during summer, and inland alpine areas of the South Island can be as cold as -10°C (14°F) in winter, most of the country lies close to the coast, which means mild temperatures. The average New Zealand temperature decreases as you travel south. January and February are the warmest months, and July is the coldest month of the year. In summer, the average maximum temperature ranges between 20-30ºC (70-90°F) and in winter between 10-15ºC (50-60°F). Seasons

Summer: December – February
Summer in New Zealand is moderate to hot, with temperatures hovering around 20-30 degrees Celsius Autumn/Fall: March – May
Temperatures during this time are a little cooler than summer but the weather can be excellent. Winter: June – August Winter in New Zealand brings colder weather to much of the country, with snow in the south and rain in the north. Spring: September –...
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