Thursday, June 18, 2009

USA and New Zealand

The distance from the United States of America to New Zealand is only about 7,000 miles or 12,000 kilometers. The flight time from the west coast of the United States of America is about 12 hours. One New Zealand Dollar (NZD) is at the current rate of exchange is only USD 0.63 and if we use the BigMac Index to compare prices of things in New Zealand and USA, the price of Big Mac in US is USD$3.57 while a Big Mac in New Zealand is only USD$3.09.

New Zealand is an insular country isolated from the rest of the world for centuries by wide and deep oceans and so have developed many amazing and unique culture and living things found nowhere in the world. Among them are moa, kiwi, tuatara and giant snails, earthworms and weta. The kauri tree, the largest tree in the world by volume, is endemic to New Zealand and found nowhere else in the world.

Kiwi, a mammal bird
kauri tree

American should try to make a trip to visit New Zealand at least once in a lifetime to observed these amazing and unique flora and fauna in New Zealand. If you fly there, your likely landing place will probably be Auckland or Christchurch. With the horrid economies we have now, for accommodation, it is probably better to stay in cheap hotels in Auckland or cheap Christchurch hotels.

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