The Land of Middle Earth
Here you are never far from the beach or the mountains. Experience sun, sand, surf, and snow in a matter of hours. There is a vibrancy in the air, reflecting the Kiwis unique culture. The symbiotic interaction between European and Polynesian cultures, coming together to make New Zealand what it is today: a fantastic country filled with nice people.
Auckland is the business capital while Wellington is the cultural and political capital. Auckland has everything a larger city has without any of the drawbacks. There is a certain calm and serenity about the place which can be best experienced from the Sky Tower. Wellingtons true picturesque beauty can be witness from Mount Victoria. Dazzling panoramic views of this natural paradise with cool, misty winds flowing in from all directions.
The South Island is a haven for adrenaline junkies and adventure tourists. Snow capped peaks, ancient rock formations, rugged coastlines, and rolling green farmlands, all lit up by the soft evening glow. It is not hard to lose yourself in the land of Middle Earth. To feel like hobbits, dwarfed by the immensity of the experience.
Nothing that you will learn in the course of your studies will be of the slightest possible use to you in after life, save only this -
That if you work hard and intelligently you should be able to detect when a man is talking rot, and that, in my view, is the main, if not the sole, purpose of education”
— John Alexander Smith
“The richness of the soil, the bright foliage of the shrubs, the majesty of the surrounding trees, the abrupt and red coloured banks of the river occasionally seen, and the view of the blue summits of the mountains, from which we are not far distant, made the scenery around this spot as beautiful as anything of the kind I had ever witnessed”
— Sir James Stirling
“I have never seen anything in my life as beautiful as Wellington harbor. Sydney is nothing to it. Great mountains all round coming down to the water’s edge – the far-off ones with snow on them. Blue sky and deep blue water and Wellington itself nestling on the side of the mountain.”
— Agatha Christie