New Zealanders love the outdoors
Rugby is our national game and we boast more golf courses per capita of population than any other country in the world (over 400 for four million people).
We treasure our environment
Curio bay in Southland is one of the world's most extensive and least disturbed examples of a petrified forest. It is said to be around 180 million years old.
You will find what is reputedly the clearest freshwater spring in the world near Nelson.
Frying Pan lake near Rotorua is the world's largest hot water spring reaching temperatures of 200 degrees Celsius at its deepest point.
New Zealand is home to some of the rarest creatures in the world
New Zealand has the only flightless parrot, the Kakapo and alpine parrot, the Kea in the world.
The Hectors Dolphin and Hookers Sea Lion are only found in New Zealand waters.
The Tuatara, which can be traced back 190 million years to the Mosozoic era, is the oldest living genus of reptile in the world.