Kia ora, haere mai ki aotearoa!
What does it mean?
(Hello, welcome to New Zealand)
Aotearoa is the Maori word for New Zealand. It literally means "Land of the long white cloud" and refers to the ancient story when the first men arrived from the pacific islands. The first thing they saw of their new world was a long white cloud which was different to the clouds they saw on the open ocean. It is said that the chief’s wife saw it first and yelled "He ao! He ao!" ("A cloud! A cloud!")
The country was renamed to New Zealand a few hundred years later by the dutch explorer Abel Tasman after the dutch province of Zeeland and is known with both names ever since.
Why is this site for you?
We continuously discover new places in the North and South Island to show you the beauty of Aotearoa on and off the beaten path. We want to become your go-to New Zealand travel blog and the best information on how to travel in New Zealand.
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Kia Ora everyone
We are Alex the Swiss Miss and Chris the South African Kiwi. We are living and working in Auckland but in our spare time you can often find us discovering beautiful New Zealand (also known by its Maori name Aotearoa).