“Nature defines who and what we are, and no more so for any nation than New Zealand, Aotearoa, land of the long white cloud.”
“Once back in their homeland, Kupe was asked many questions about the land of the long white cloud. And so the stories of discovery and adventure were shared with the people of Hawaiki – stories of giant trees, mountain ranges, rivers full of fish and greenstone, and forests full of birds, some standing taller than a man …”
-Wiremu Grace, Kupe’s Travels Around Aotearoa.
“New Zealand is a land of thirty-thousand million sheep, three million of whom think they are human.”
- Barry Humphries
“… every person, when he or she is young, dreams of finding some enchanted place, of beautiful mountains and breathtaking coastline and clear lakes and amazing wildlife, and most people give up on it because they never get to New Zealand.”
“I remember standing in the bush above this unbelievably wild river, and thinking this is as good as it gets. Exquisite birdsong, jagged peaks of the Alps beckoning like the spires of mystical cathedrals, the smell of moisture in the beech forest like an elixir. Nature in its raw, unpredictable state …”
― Geoffrey Robert