New Zealand Culture & History

Here we share some general information about New Zealand Culture and History.

Culture & History

This is not the place to write a book, but you will find some really good, non-commercial encyclopedia websites below.

Some fun facts about New Zealand:

  • New Zealand is the first country to see the sunrise. The curvature of the Earth, specifically the North Island city of Gisborne on the East Coast, is the first to see the actual sunrise.
  • New Zealand first conquered Everest and discovered the proton.
  • New Zealand has three official languages; English, Te Reo (Maori) and sign language.

Useful Information

New Zealand is a relatively young country but it has a fascinating history. It will help you and your family settle and become part of the community when you learn about our history and culture. You might even find your country of citizenship has connections with New Zealand going back over a century!

Helpful Links

New Zealand History

The Encyclopedia of New Zealand

Culture and Society

Internet Versus The Real Experience

You can learn a lot by reading webs galore. However, nothing beats getting out and exploring the historical and cultural sites dotted all around New Zealand. From Waitangi in the far north where the Treaty of Waitangi was signed to the capital city Wellington and the gold mining townships in the South Island, there is a lot to see and learn.

Planning family holidays to new destinations each time you head away will help you get a flavour of New Zealand and its history. Talk to the locals; they are usually happy to share a yarn (story) or two about their local town.

General Comments

Go to the trouble of learning how to browse the Useful Links above, and you will have hours of pleasure and will learn a great deal about New Zealand.

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