About the size of Colorado, New Zealand is located southeast of Australia, in the Pacific Ocean. Rainforests, mountains, fjords, volcanoes and coastlines are just some of the landscapes that offer activities for the outdoor enthusiast.
International airports are located at Auckland, Wellington and Christchurch. Flying time from the West Coast of the U.S. is about 13 hours.
American citizens need passports but not visas for tourist visits of three months or less. Passports needs to be valid three months beyond the date of departure from New Zealand.
The north is subtropical, while the south is temperate. Average temperatures range average between 68 and 86 degrees Fahrenheit in the summer and 50 to 60 in the winter.
The South Island boasts a number of glaciers that are accessible to hikers and mountain climbers. These include the Franz Joseph and the Fox. Heli-hikes take passengers to the top of the glacier via helicopter, then the passengers walk down.
Mountain ranges that have sunk into the sea create sounds and fiords suitable for kayaking, boating and other watersports. For an example, check out Fiordland, which is linked under Resources.
Article Written By Aurelio Locsin
Aurelio Locsin has been writing professionally since 1982. He published his first book in 1996 and is a frequent contributor to many online publications, specializing in consumer, business and technical topics. Locsin holds a Bachelor of Arts in scientific and technical communications from the University of Washington.