If you've ever had the thought of, "I wish I could just escape the hustle and bustle of every day life and get away," New Zealand is conveniently located in the Southwestern part of the Pacific Ocean, waiting to be your solution to that thought! Only four million people live in the country today and because of its remoteness, it was one of the last places on Earth that humans settled. The South Island's sprawling nature of mountains, lakes, glaciers, rolling hills and fluffy clouds complements its city of Queenstown, adventure capital of the world. The North Island's beaches and surf, metropolitan cities, Maori culture, hot pools and Bay of Islands offers the traveler the best of both worlds in the same country.
Gaining notoriety through the filming of Lord of the Rings; The Chronicles of Narnia: the Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe; The Last Samurai and King Kong, New Zealand will literally make you feel like you're surrounded by scenes only out of the movies--and that you're safe from all the enemies! With no snakes or dangerous wild animals as well as the more serious issues of poverty, gender inequality, high crime and pollution virtually absent, New Zealand ranks highest in the Best Country and Safest Country awards.
So, start your adventure today and take this New Zealand quiz to test your knowledge!
Contributed by Kaylie Adams: Kaylie is a junior at the University of Dayton studying Psychology. She dreamed of going to Australia ever since she was little and as they say, dreams come true; she fulfilled hers while studying there in 2012. Kaylie hopes to someday be able to check "see the world" off her Bucket List. Her Australia adventure, in words and pictures, can be found on Kaylie's blog.