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History And Culture Of New Zealand

We are not makers of history, we are made by history. Let's explore it!

New Zealand has a rich and interesting history, which reflects a classic blend of Maori and European culture. Today, New Zealand is an independent country inside the British Commonwealth. This implies even though the nation is under the British Monarch; New Zealand has its dynamic organization for the government. 

Did you know these facts about New Zealand?
• The world’s first commercial bungee jump was 43 meters leap off the Kawarau Bridge in Queenstown in 1988. 
• New Zealanders love their cars! 2.5 million cars for 4 million people make New Zealand’s car ownership rate one of the highest in the world. 
• In the year 1893, New Zealand became the first country to give women the right to vote. 
• New Zealand won the first since forever Rugby World Cup held in 1987 
• There are no atomic force stations in New Zealand. 
• The most popular movies namely; once were warriors, the whale rider, the piano, and the lord of rings trilogy. 
• Here’s a really good reason to visit New Zealand- there are no snakes in the country! 

Culture


Māori are the Tangata Whenua, the indigenous individuals, of New Zealand. They came to New Zealand before over 1000 years from their legendary Polynesian country of Hawaiki. Today Māori make up 14% of our populace and their history, language and customs are key to New Zealand's character. 

As a guest to New Zealand, you can encounter Māori culture by visiting a marae with a sorted out visit, watching a cutting or weaving exhibition or finding out about captivating fantasies and legends from enthusiastic Māori guides.

Experience Maori Traditions in Action
The best spot to watch Maori culture is on a marae (inborn gathering grounds). In Northland, Auckland, Rotorua, and Canterbury sorted out visits give a conventional Maori welcome onto a marae, where you'll hear Maori speech and singing, see carved meeting houses, meet the local people and learn more about Maori culture.

Performing Arts
Performing arts or kapa haka, which includes harmonious singing, dancing, and fierce Māori war dances or haka, are must-see for all the travelers exploring New Zealand. Many marae visits and Maori culture tours include a kapa haka performance, with the most renowned place for these shows being Rotorua in the North Island.

Carving, Weaving and Tattooing
Some other traditional art forms like carving, weaving and tattooing are also well-known and widely adopted by Maoris in New Zealand. Precious jewellery and traditional weapons can be found in museums, galleries, artist’s workshops throughout the country. If you catch a carving or weaving revelation, you will see that many of the techniques are still unchanged since ancient times. And interestingly, if you find a greenstone, make sure you ask someone else to buy it for you- its good luck to receive green stone as a gift.

Maori Stories and Legends
From ancient times Māori has been passed down from age to age through interesting storytelling. The making of New Zealand is depicted by the legend of Māui, utilizing his enchantment snare, angled up the North Island. There are a lot of spots where you can comprehend and encounter Māori legends – you're destined to be captivated. Be a part of Maori culture of New Zealand with our New Zealand Tour Packages

History



In 1840, the Treaty of Waitangi was marked, as a mutual agreement between the British Crown and Maori. It set up British law in New Zealand and is viewed as New Zealand's established record and a significant piece of the nation's history. The structure where the arrangement was marked has been safeguarded and, today, the Waitangi Treaty Grounds are a well-known attraction.

You'll discover stunning Māori memorable destinations and taonga (treasures) - just as excellent pioneer time structures - specked all through the nation. A stroll around any New Zealand city today shows what a socially differing and intriguing nation we have become.

The Dutch
The first European to show up in New Zealand was the Dutch traveler Abel Tasman in 1642. That is how we got the Dutch-sounding name - from a Dutch mapmaker who originally called us
Nieuw Zeeland.

Treaty of Waitangi Signed
In the long run, at Waitangi on 6 February 1840, William Hobson, and New Zealand's first Governor welcomed collected Māori boss to sign an arrangement with the British Crown. 
The bargain was taken all around the nation, as far south as Foveaux Strait, for marking by local chiefs. In the long run, more than 500 chiefs marked the bargain - presently known as the Treaty of Waitangi.

 

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