Aotearoa, the long white cloud. That's Māori for New Zealand.
New Zealand is one of the friendliest nations in the world and ranks highly on the Quality of Life Index. And you can see why from its breath-taking mountains to its harmonious metropolitan urban areas.
The country is also one of the most outdoor oriented, with sports such as sailing and tramping being popular. Outside of rugby, we have to add.
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WHAT TO EXPECT
Language: English and Māori are the official languages of New Zealand
Money: $NZD is the local currency, and you can pay for almost anything with your credit or debit card. Most ATMs will accept Mastercard and Visa.
Law & Order: Generally speaking, New Zealand is ranked as one of the world's most safest countries.
Tax and Gratuity: Similar to the UK, what you see is what you get with Goods and Services Tax already included. Also tipping is not obligatory as hospitality workers earn a liveable wage but many do as a show of appreciation