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Oceania

Oceania is a region made up of several islands located in the tropical portion of the Pacific Ocean, between Asia and the Americas. It covers an area of 8.54 million square kilometers and has a population of 36 million people. Its largest cities are Adelaide, Auckland, Sydney, Brisbane, Melbourne, and Perth.

The word Oceania is derived from a Greek word that means ocean, and was coined by a geographer named Conrad Malte-Brun in 1812. Sometimes, the term is used to refer to the area where Australia and some nearby islands lie; to the Pacific ecozone, where Polynesia, Micronesia, and Melanesia are located; or to the Australasian ecozone, which is composed of Australasia and Wallacea.

Oceania includes portions of Australia, Eurasia, Zealandia, some volcanic Philippine islands, and Wallacea. It goes as far as the Bonin Islands to the northwest, the Hawaiian Islands to the northeast, the Sala y Gomez Island and Rapa Nui to the east, Sumatra to the west, and the Macquarie Island to the south. It does not include any island in the Japanese archipelago, the Aleutian Islands, and Taiwan.

The area is divided into four main regions, and they are Melanesia, which includes the countries Fiji, Solomon Islands, New Caledonia, Vanuatu, and Papua New Guinea; Australasia, which is made up territories such as of Australia, New Zealand, Norfolk Island, Christmas Island, Cocos Islands, and Coral Sea Islands; Micronesia, where Guam, Palau, Northern Mariana Islands, Marshall Islands, Kiribati, Micronesia, and Wake Island, are a part of; and Polynesia, which includes Samoa, Hawaii, Easter Island, Cook Islands, Tokelau, Tonga, Pitcairn Islands, Niue, French Polynesia, Wallis and Futuna, and Tuvalu.

There are 28 official languages in the Oceania region, including English, French, Hindi, Spanish, Chamorro, Samoan, Hawaiian, Palauan, Fijian, Futunan, Cook Islands Maori, Hiri Motu, Carolinian, Pitkern, Tongan, Wallisian, Bislama, Marshallese, Nauruan, and Tahitian.

Auckland, “The City of Sails”

October 17, 2012

Being New Zealand’s largest city, Auckland is a major tourist-drawer, with all its magnificent scenery and places of interests. It is located in the North Island and is the most populated metropolis in the country with a population of 1.38 million. It is dubbed as the “City of Sails” because of the numerous yachts you will see […]

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Discover New Zealand’s South Island

October 3, 2012

The South Island of New Zealand has become one of the most popular tourist destinations due to its various natural attractions — magnificent fjords, splendid beaches, breath-taking glacier-carved mountain ranges, and diverse flora and fauna. South Island is known for its adventure tourism, where the bold and daring can try bungee jumping, glacier climbing, skiing, […]

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Best Beaches in the World with Best Offering

August 16, 2012

There are so many reasons that are able to decide that a beach is categorized as one of the best beaches in the world. It can be because of clear water of the beach, the sand, the clean area around the beach, the beautiful scenery, so many kinds of supporting services while staying near the […]

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Waiheke Island, New Zealand

June 14, 2012

Waiheke is an island in New Zealand , about 18 km from Auckland removed. She is on the Great Barrier Island is the second largest island in the Hauraki Gulf . The heavily indented island is 92 square kilometers in size, its east-west extent is 19.25 km, while the north-south extension makes up only 9.65 […]

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Dunedin, New Zealand

June 6, 2012

Dunedin is the second largest city in the South Island of New Zealand and also the capital of Otago . The name Dunedin is the Anglicized form of Scottish Gaelic name Dùn Èideann for Edinburgh and represent means city on the hill . As a default eight populous city in the country is classified as […]

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Napier, New Zealand

June 6, 2012

Napier is a coastal city in the Hawke Bay on the North Island of New Zealand . With over 56,000 inhabitants, 14 th largest city in New Zealand is the capital of the region, Hawke’s Bay and is considered an independent city-district administers. Together with about ten kilometers südlicherem Hastings it is the fifth largest […]

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