Geographically, New Zealand is an isolated country surrounded by water
approx. 1,600 kilometres from the east coast of AUSTRALIA and a similar
distance south of Fiji in the Southern Pacific Ocean.
Consisting of two main islands known as the North and South islands(
because of their orientation) with a third much smaller island(Stewart
Island) lying just off the bottom of the South Island)and sitting between
latitudes 34 to 47 degrees south. This is turn means variation in climate,
botany, landscape and ecology. The two main islands are both less than
1000 kilometres long with New Zealand being roughly the same size as California,
Great Britain or Japan.