On February 20, 2003, we arrived in Wellington, the capitol of New Zealand, which is located at the southern tip of the North Island. New Zealand consists of three main islands in the South Pacific: North Island, South Island and Steward Island, covering a total area of approximately 268,000 square kilometres.

The islands population of over 3 million people consists mainly of Maori, European and Polynesian blood. High mountains, low plains, fiords, forests, glaciers and roaring rivers abound, most of which are within a short distance from cities and towns. It’s a sportsman’s paradise in which any outdoor activity can be accommodated. As New Zealanders say, “It is God’s own country!”