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NEW ZEALAND

New Zealand, one of the last land masses to be settled by humans, provides a vast and a diverse landscape.  It is a country where the two main islands offer distinct contracts.

 

The South Island, known as the Adventure Island, offers skiing in the winter, fjords, like spectacular Milford Sound to cruise and mountains to hike.  With Queenstown, a gateway to explore wineries and mining towns visitors can also choose to bungy jump, enjoy jet-boating on the Dart or Shotover River.

A little further south is Dunedin, the largest Scottish city outside of Scotland and northeast Kaikoura offers unique wildlife and is home to the sperm whale along
with a colony of fur seal.

 

The North Island offers urban cities, volcanic activity, national parks and Maori culture.  Auckland, the largest city in New Zealand also knows as the "City of Sails" is surrounded by bays and small interesting islands.  One such island is Waiheke, a haven of vineyards, olive groves, and beaches a short 35-minute ferry ride from Auckland.

Smell the sulfur in the air? If so, you are in Rotorua with its live geothermal activity and its famous Polynesian spa.

Wellington is the second-largest city in New Zealand and the capital.  Located at the southwestern tip of the North Island it is the ferry gateway across the Cook Strait to the South Island.  Te Papa, the Museum of New Zealand, houses great treasures and history of the country.  A place not to be missed.

From the adventure to the culture, there are many reasons to visit New Zealand.

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