is known for their
flightless birds such as the
is the national symbol of New Zealand.
New Zealand is the albatross
capital of the world. These sub-Antarctic islands are home to more
species of breeding
than any other country.
is only found in New Zealand.
live on the islands of the antarctic and sub-antarctic. The
islands of New Zealand are sub-antarctic islands.
Zealand's offshore waters hold about 400 different marine fish:
tuna, marlin, snapper, trevally, kahawai and shark. New Zealand has
various species of
and porpoises and thirty-two species of whale have been recorded and
two of the largest (sperm and
) regularly migrate here in spring and autumn.
New Zealand is in the Southern Hemisphere, which means January and
February are the warmest months and July normally its coldest.
North Island has a warm mild climate, almost sub-tropical in the
extreme north. South island is colder, Dunedin has average summer
temperatures of about 15C / 59F and winter 6C / 43F.
Hillary and the Nepalese mountaineer
, were the first people to reach the top of Mount Everest
on May 29, 1953. Hillary in 1958 becoming the first man to drive
overland to the South Pole.
New Zealand consists of two large
islands; North Island and South Island, plus several smaller islands
of which Stewart Island is the largest. Surrounding New Zealand to
the north and east is the Pacific Ocean. Between New Zealand and
Australia lies the Tasman Sea. Cook Strait separates North Island and
North Island is
active with a central plateau. South Island has the high snow covered
mountain peaks and glaciers of the Southern Alps. The highest point
Cook on South Island
(3754 m / 12316 ft).
Visit the Smithsonian Institute website where you can learn
everything there is to know about squids of all kinds, the scientists
who study squids, and their expedition to New Zealand to try to see
one of these enormous sea creatures.