Internationally recognised areas

World heritage sites World heritage sites are designated by UNESCO under the World Heritage Convention, which provides for the protection of places that are of outstanding universal value. New

Part of story: Protected areas

A guide to modern New Zealand manners

This is a brief guide to behaviours that are generally considered polite in New Zealand in the early 2000s.

Part of story: Manners and social behaviour

Nelson region

Nelson is New Zealand’s place in the sun, where apples and hops ripen, and scallops are dredged from Tasman Bay.

Part of story: Nelson region

A national system

To be effective, a lighthouse must be part of a system of appropriately sited and well-maintained lighthouses.

Part of story: Lighthouses

Climate and environment

A calm, sunny climate

Part of story: Nelson region


Oystercatchers are stocky birds with bright eye-rings and long colourful bills. Their diet is much more varied than their name implies. There are three species in New Zealand, all of which are endemic.

Part of story: Wading birds

The migration from Hawaiki and beyond

Possibly the earliest and most famous ancestor of the tribes of Te Tau Ihu was Kupe, captain of the Matahourua canoe on the migration from Hawaiki.

Part of story: Te Tau Ihu tribes

Scenic, historic, recreation and other reserves

Scenic reserves Scenic reserves are New Zealand’s most common, and probably most widespread, protected areas. They were first created when communities wanted to retain some original

Part of story: Protected areas

Top of the South Island

The top of the South Island is a maze of hills and mountains. Split by the Alpine Fault, the rocks are more varied than anywhere else in New Zealand. There is little

Part of story: Landscapes – overview

Larger animals of the estuary

Fish In New Zealand at least 30 types of fish use estuaries at significant times in their life. Some, such as sand flounder, yellow-bellied flounder, common sole, kahawai, grey mullet

Part of story: Estuaries

Abel Tasman

Searching for mines and treasures

Part of story: European discovery of New Zealand

Farm work and workers

Mustering More than 20 alternatives have been recorded for the word ‘muster’, which was first used to describe stock-gathering in 1841. There are a variety of vivid terms to describe

Part of story: Rural language