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Wild New Zealand
Roughly 2,000 km or 1,200 miles east of Australia across the Tasman Sea is the island country of New Zealand. Because of its remoteness, it was the last large habitable land to be settled by humans. Due to the geological tectonic uplift of land and volcanic eruptions, the country has a varied topography and sharp mountain peaks such as the Southern Alps. It is made up of two main islands and a number of smaller islands. Marine mammals are abundant with almost half of the world's cetaceans (whales, dolphins and porpoises) and large numbers of fur seals. Many penguin species are found in New Zealand.