Here under New Zealand articles, you will find travel information, as well as general information about New Zealand.
The Polynesian Maori reached New Zealand in about A.D. 800, making it the last large land mass to be occupied by Man on Earth. In 1840, their chieftains entered into a treaty with Britain, the Treaty of Waitangi, in which they gave up sovereignty to Queen Victoria while retaining territorial rights. In that same year, the British began the first organized colonial settlement. A series of land wars between 1843 and 1872 ended with the defeat of the native peoples. The British colony of New Zealand became an independent dominion in 1907 and supported the UK militarily in both World Wars.
New Zealand\'s full participation in a number of defense alliances lapsed by the 1980s. In recent years, the government has sought to address longstanding Maori grievances. New Zealand\'s population is 4 million. The main attraction of New Zealand is its pristine nature and numerous endemic species. New Zealand was aptly called ‘the Land of the Long White Cloud’ by the Polynesian navigator Kupe, when he first arrived there on his canoe. New Zealand is full of natural splendors and fascinating cultures. North Island and South Island are New Zealand\'s two main islands. Three-fourths of New Zealand is covered by mountains and hills, and nearly one-third of New Zealand is forested. You can see giant kauri trees, melting glaciers, rainforests, or whales, dolphins and penguins in the water surrounding tall waterfalls.
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