Linda 200902090030 Class 11
A Beautiful Country—New Zealand
New Zealand is the youngest country on earth. It’s one of the most beautiful
places on earth. New Zealand has mystery and variety history, amazing landscapes, delicious fruit and many rare and cute animals.
New Zealand is an island country in the south-western Pacific Ocean comprising two main landmasses: the North Island and the South Island.The capital of the country is Wellington.
New Zealand is the last major landmass to be discovered. It has a rich and fascinating history, reflecting both Maori and European heritage. Amazing Maori historic sites and treasures, some dating back almost a thousand years, are a contrast to many beautiful colonial buildings. A walk around any New Zealand city today
1shows what a culturally diverse and fascinating country it has become.
Firstly, let’s have a look at the Maori history. The Maori are the native people of
New Zealand; they are Polynesian and comprise about 14 percent of the country's population. Maori is the native language which is related to Tahitian and Hawaiian. It is believed that the Maori migrated from Polynesia in canoes around the 9th century to 13th century AD. Maori legend says that the Maori came from "Hawaiki", the legendary homeland about 1000 years ago. When the Maori arrived in Aotearoa (New Zealand) they found a land quite different to tropical Polynesia. New Zealand was not only colder, but it possessed many volcanoes and huge snow capped mountains. Aotearoa is the Maori name for New Zealand and means Land of the long white cloud. 2
Before long, some European came to this island. The first European known to have reached New Zealand was Dutch explorer Abel Janszoon Tasman in 1624. Maori at that time were very watchful. So they killed several of the crew and no European returned to New Zealand until 1769. A British explorer James Cook reached New Zealand and mapped almost the whole coastline. From then on, a lot of Europeans and Americans visited New Zealand and traded with them. Then from the early nineteenth the Christian missionaries began to settle New Zealand, eventually converting most of the Maorish population.
1 Background Note: 12 September, 2010.
2 Background Note: 12 September 2010.
Even though, it’s a fresh and beautiful country, we are familiar with it is because some blockbuster. One of the most successful movies The Lord of the Ring was just
filmed there. The director is a New Zealander. He loves his motherland so much that he used most scenes from New Zealand’s national parks which made New Zealand
became a hot spots over the world. All the audiences were amazed by the sights. Another movie named The Chronicles of Narnia which was famous among the
children was also made there. The world of ice and snow is just a place called Flock Hill in New Zealand. So it has another name Narnia in reality.
When we talk about the tourist attractions, there is a place we can’t forget called
Auckland. It has been a hot spot for an awfully long time. Auckland is the largest city in New Zealand. It has some 48 volcanoes;but it's been 600 years since lava flowed
from any of them. Those volcanic hills have created great park space, fabulous panoramic views and twin harbors filled with watercraft. In fact, Auckland's nickname is The City of Sails because their townspeople love sailing. The big attraction is all that waterfront property and the leisure pursuits that go with it. On land there's a variety of museums and the famed Kelly Tarlton's Aquarium;with its sharks and
penguins and masses of sea life. In the middle of the city, a sky tower which is the highest building in Southern Hemisphere standing there.
Besides the beautiful sceneries, the fruit there is also attractive. The most popular fruit in New Zealand is kiwi fruit. But actually, it’s come from China. One hundred
years ago a schoolmistress of New Zealand came to China and found the kiwi fruit.
She decided to bring the seeds to her country. Then she gave the seeds to an expert in
her country. The kiwi fruit grow well at the island and soon became popular over the country and even the world. In New Zealand, you will be shocked by the variedly kinds of berries: strawberry raspberry boysenberry and blueberry. So tasty they are that you will run at the mouth.
Finally, let’s visit some stars. They are kiwi, yellow-eyed penguin, hector’s
dolphin Northern Tuatara and Nestor notabilis. The first one is the national bird; it is very small but lovely. These birds are endangered and difficult to see in the wild. The second one has yellow eyes and is rare in the world. New Zealand has some smallest animals. Hector's dolphin is one of them. This kind of dolphin is the smallest in the world with 1 meter long and 45kg weight. Tuatara also has a name “living fossil”.
They are older than the dinosaurs and are a unique relic of the past — the only
beak-headed reptile left in the world. The last star has some super performance that you can’t imagine. When you visit him, you should take care of your passport because he is good at steal other’s passport. Interesting isn’t it?
New Zealand is a country worth visiting and living. I bet you will fall in love with it when you went there. Its friendly people clean beaches and amazing sceneries are all fabulous that you can’t miss. By the way, don’t forget to take you camera when
you in New Zealand.