• New Zealand Regions
      • Hawke's Bay
      • Bay of Plenty
      • Waikato
      • Whanganui
      • Manawatu
      • Northland
      • Auckland
      • Gisborne
      • Taranaki
      • Wellington
      • West Coast
      • Nelson
      • Canterbury
      • Otago
      • Marlborough
      • Southland

      Hawke's Bay

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      Beaches, wineries and Art Deco. The Hawke's Bay has a diverse economy, including business services that support its sectors to be the second largest contributor to regional GDP in the country. A popular tourist destination, the region has some of the countries best restaurants as well as stunning scenery, markets and festivals.



      Bay of Plenty

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      The Bay of Plenty is officially New Zealand's sunniest destination, enjoying short-lived winters and long summer days. The Region offers some of the country's most spectacular views and many ways to enjoy the pristine scenery and natural wonders. Visitors also enjoy exploring the Bay's Māori heritage and pre-European roots.


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      The Waikato is known for its rolling plains, fertile land and the mighty Waikato River. The region is the fourth largest regional economy in New Zealand, with a strong focus on primary production and associated manufacturing.


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      Welcome to Whanganui. This is our place; where history is full of stories, legends and rich legacy. Where a thriving arts scene, creativity and evolving culture inspire our modern lives. Where breath-taking natural landscapes capture imaginations at every turn.


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      Located in the lower North Island, Manawatu is heartland New Zealand, offering an authentic Kiwi experience.

      The main in the region are Palmerston North, most notable for Massey University. Palmerston has a vibrant, arts and culture scene.

      The region's economy is based on food production and processing, research and education. The region is also home for the New Zealand defence force.


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      Northland was originally home to some of our country's first human inhabitants. Today, it is one of the fastest growing regions in New Zealand and home to nearly 189,000 people. Rich in culture and history, the region boasts a stunning natural environment.


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      Auckland Region stretches from the the beaches of the Pacific Ocean in the east to the expansive beaches of the rugged west coast of the Tasman Sea. Auckland City, the largest urban area in New Zealand is considered the main economic center of New Zealand and a popular destination for international students and travellers.


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      Gisborne is a Region on the east coast of New Zealand's North Island. It's known for wineries and surf beaches such as Makorori. The region has maintained a strong Maori heritage. The region's economy is made up mainly of agriculture, horticulture and forestry.


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      Taranaki is a coastal and mountainous region on the western side of New Zealand's North Island. Its landscape is dominated by Mount Taranaki, its namesake volcano, which lies within the rainforested Egmont National Park.

      The port city of New Plymouth is the area's cultural and commercial hub. Taranaki's economy is diverse and includes dairy, oil and gas. The region is the highest contributor or national GDP per capita. 


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      The Wellington Region covers Wellington city in the south, Upper and Lower Hutt valleys to the north-east, and Porirua to the north-west. The region takes its name from Wellington, New Zealand's capital city.

      Wellington is famous for its arts and culture scene and is also the centre of New Zealand's film industry.

      West Coast

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      The West Coast, or as some locals call it, the "Wild West", is a long thin region that runs down the South Island's west coast.

      The region has the lowest population in all of New Zealand. It is famous for its rugged natural scenery such as the Pancake Rocks, the Blue Pools of Haast, and the glaciers.

      The main industries in the region are dairy farming and mining. Tourism also plays an important role.

      Nelson – Tasman

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      Nelson Tasman is an extraordinary, vibrant region where art and businesses thrive together among a stunning natural landscape. With one in five people internationally born, Nelson Tasman has 48 different cultures living in its environs.

      The region prides its self on being New Zealand’s leading Research and Development areas, with the highest proportion of people working in the research, science and tech sectors out of anywhere in New Zealand.


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      Canterbury is a region on New Zealand’s South Island marked by grassy plains, clear lakes and snow-capped mountains. Its largest city, Christchurch, is famed for its art scene and green spaces.


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      There are few places in the world which will leave you with a lasting sense of difference. Central Otago is undoubtedly one of them from its landscapes, its seasons, its people, its products and experiences.


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      Marlborough Region is on the north-eastern corner of the South Island. The region is well known for its winemaking industry, and the Marlborough Sounds, an extensive network of coastal waterways, peninsulas and islands.

      Apart from the wine industry, aquaculture, agriculture and tourism play an important role in the local economy.


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      Southland is New Zealand’s most southerly region and includes the World Heritage ranked Fiordland National Park.

      The region's only city Invercargill offers a relaxed pace of life with wide streets, little traffic, spacious parks and gardens, striking Victorian and Edwardian architecture and impressive sporting facilities including New Zealand’s first indoor velodrome. Southland's location is such that views of Aurora Australis or the Southern Lights are common.


History of Opotiki


Ōpōtiki is a small town in the eastern Bay of Plenty in the North Island of New Zealand. It is named after a spring found on the eastern bluff above Waiotahe Beach called ‘O-Potiki mai-Tawhiti’. The spring was named due to a chief Tarawa and his brother who set sail for New Zealand in a canoe named Te Srautauta, accompanied by two Tanahanaha fish pets know as O-Potiki-mai Tawhiti, meaning “two pets from afar”. He put these fish in this spring.

The earliest recorded residents at Opotiki were the Tini-o-Toi and Tini-o-Awa tribes who sprang from the Toi settlement period of the 12th century.

Before the Europeans, Opotiki was a large village and a popular Maori centre. However, in 1769, the local Maori first came in contact with the European when Captain James Cook passed down by the Bay of Plenty coast. Due to this many European and American traders began to visit the area.

In the 1820s there were a long of armed invasions by Ngapuhi armies from Northland. The Opotiki were outnumbered and didn’t have as many advanced weapons so had to retreat from the coast to the rough forested interior.

In the 1830s and 1840s there were more peaceful times and in this time the tribes were able to begin returing to the coast and able to take full advantage of all of the trading opportunities found there. In this time Maori Christian missionaries began to reach Opotiki. Then in 1840 the Treaty of Waitangi was signed, which established British sovereignty. French missionaries began moving in the area of Pa Kowhai, which is what was Opotiki was known as at this time.

In the 1850s and early 1860s there was more development and the Maori began adopting European agricultural methods and crops, such as wheat, pigs and peaches. They traded these with Auckland.

In 1963 the Invasion of the Waikato occurred. It was the biggest event of the 19th century New Zealand Wars. It was between the military forces of the colonial government and a federation of Maori tribes known as the Kingitanga Movement. It lasted for nine months and happened to crush Kingit power, which was a threat to British Authority. It resulted in the Whakatōhea iwi lending their support to anti-British forces, which in turn resulted in Opotiki by British forces in 1865.

Eventually peach came to the district, however most of the land had been taken by British settlers and was made into sheep and cattle farming areas. Because of the small area of cultivable hinterland and because the harbour entrance was treacherous, the hopes of Opotiki town becoming a major centre for the Bay of Plenty were quickly crushed.

There were major floods in the 1950s and 60s which led to the town introducing levees which were stop banks which has successfully stopped damage from floods after it. There was a kiwifruit boom in the late twentieth century which brand great posterity for the area. Now mussel farming is the next big project to help develop the town, as well as bike riding in the Motu trail bringing in tourists.

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