Exploring New Zealand Culture
New Zealand’s two islands are divided by Cook Strait. The North Island boasts volcanoes, hot springs, mud pools, geysers, and beautiful beaches, while the South Island has rugged Alpine mountains, glaciers, and access to activities like swimming with dolphins and whale-watching. The Lord of the Rings film trilogy was filmed in New Zealand and showcases the country’s beautiful landscape. Kiwis pass their days with plenty of time outdoors having family barbecues, hiking to the nearest beach, or playing rugby.
New Zealand culture is heavily influenced by the Māori people, the indigenous inhabitants of New Zealand. Māori people have been in New Zealand for over 800 years and make up about 15% of the population. Among the many nationalities living in New Zealand are a very large population of Polynesian people from the Pacific Islands, plus many from Asia and other countries throughout the world.