Well Scott, I am a natural born Kiwi. I am Fourth generation that I can trace. All four generations lived in Canturbury(mid South Island area and the largest area of flat land in NZ) and I am the first to later move to another part of the country. I guess like anybody around the world, they are proud of their home land. But I will try and keep as "neutral" as I can as I describe the country.
Firstly, I have always considered that there are other parts
of the world that are as, or more beautiful. Yet I am always amased at the number of visitors I meet that are awestruck with NZ. I "think" and guess it is for the following reasons.
Firstly, we are a diverse country. Both geographicaly and population wise. NZ is ruffly the same size as Japan
, but with only 4.5million people. It's Long and narrow. We have a huge mountainouse backbone running through the middle. Mt Cook being our highest mount at 12349ft. That isn't high when compared to others around the world, but it is majestic looking, because it rises to that from sea level, and is permanently covered in snow and Glaciers. We have live and extinct Volcanoes littered length wise of the country. Many Tourist comment about how green things are. Well to me, ain't grass and tree's supposed to be green? I never get that comment.
We are sourrounded by Ocean, Pacific on one side, Tasman on the other. Thus we have a keen boating
nation. We have a cool ocean current
running from deep south up around the country on the East(pacific side) and a warmer current
running up the west(tasman side). This means our west coast
, which is wild and rugged and beautiful, has a very high rainfall. Yet tends to have a more "tropical" climate. It is rich with Lush native bush and timbers.
Fiordland has one area that boasts and average rain fall of 7m(25ft)/yr. We have dry area's that are also called deserts, although they are not sand like you would imagine a desert.
is our biggest city with over a million. If you are not an aucklander, you like to think of Auckland
as a pacific island, with none of the advantages of a Pacific island
We have flora and fauna that are found no where else in the world, especially our flightless birds, like Kiwi, Pukeko, Takahe, Kakapo and Kea.
I can ramble on and on, but I guess the key to our country is, it is so varied in such a small area.
Check this link out.www.newzealand.com/travel/destinations/national-parks-home.cfm