New Zealand is an amazing country located in the South Pacific, to the southeast of Australia. It was named the world's top travel destination by Lonely Planet in both 2003 and 2004. It is an isolated country of a little over four million people, and it consists of two large islands (called North and South Islands) and many smaller islands. The largest city is Auckland, located in the north of North Island, and the capital city is Wellington, located on the southern tip of North Island, and it is the southernmost capital city in the world. The population is mostly European descent, and the indigenous people known as the Māori are the largest minority.
New Zealand is well known for its natural beauty, and its spectacular landscapes make it a popular movie filming location, probably the most well known being Lord of the Rings. Due to its isolation, there are extremely diverse and unique species of plants there, in fact 80% of them are unique to New Zealand.
Landwise, South Island is the larger of the two, and is more mountainous. The highest peak on the island, and the country is Aoraki/Mount Cook, at 12,316 feet (3,754 meters). The North Island is less mountainous, but it's tallest mountain, Mount Ruapehu (2,797 metres), is an active volcano.
Getting to New Zealand is fairly easy, as there are many international airports there, in the cities of Auckland, Hamilton, Palmerston North, Wellington, Christchurch, Dunedin and Queenstown.
The weather in New Zealand is temperate, temperatures rarely fall below 0C or rise above 30C.
New Zealand, like most developed countries, has a fairly high standard of living, and has a modern and thriving economy.
Note that New Zealand is not part of Australia, as some people may think. Also, the accents are different, and assuming a New Zealander is an Australian could be considered slightly offensive.