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New Zealand's Far North: Splendid Isolation
If you look at a map, as I often do before a trip, you’ll see the way the New Zealand’s north island juts skyward, to a pointy tip. When I was planning my trip down there, I wanted to get up to that very tippy top. I didn’t make it that far, but my adventures in the Far North proved to be an exciting and tasty excursion. Once again, my favorite country of all didn’t disappoint me.
New Zealand's South Island: Splendid Adventuring
South Island adventuring races the gamut from bungee jumping and jet-boating to paragliding and sky-diving, but after doing it all I found my tastes ran to wet and ice, from Class IV rafting and motor-boating the Marlborough Sounds to tramping around on a blue-ice glacier.
New Zealand's North Island: Top Three Escapades
Picture the world’s longest and lumpiest golf course, 1200 miles long, green humps stretching to the horizon. Presto, you’ve conjured New Zealand, the same size as Colorado but stretched like taffy until sundered in the middle, floating on an azure sea.
The genius of Kiwi engineers has created highways that faithfully mimic the intricate nip, tuck and jot of each and every drunken stream and spastic hill, making any road trip a notable escapade, if you have a Porsche.
Cruising New Zealand's Doubtful Sound: Marvelous, Majestic, Mysterious
Doubtful Sound is so isolated that it’s necessary to take a 45-minute boat trip across beautiful Manapouri Lake and then at West Arm board a small van for the 45 minute trip over Wilmot Pass, straight through the rainforest. The scenery is spectacular, flora and birdlife abundant.
Visiting New Zealand: Off to My Favorite Land, Far, Far Away
I realized that New Zealand is surpassing Italy as my favorite place. It's not just the beautiful, rugged scenery, the perfectly prepared and apportioned meals, nor is it the history or the art. Travel is about the people you meet. The shared experiences, the glimpses into each others' lives. So far, Kiwis rule!
Mt. Manganui Beach on New Zealand's North Island. Photo by David Rich.
Nelson New Zealand: Artsy Craftsy Outdoorsy town
Nelson is an town full of artists, who offer
creativity in all forms, from painting to sculpture to video and wearable art. The city next to Abel Tasman park, one of the most spectacular walks in the world, and right next to the Tasman Sea.
New Zealand's South Island: Adventures in Pure Paradise
Lauryn and Josh Axelrod spent two months working theirr way from top to bottom, hiking, kayaking, ice climbing, wildlife watching, and exploring all the diversity New Zealand's South Island has to offer.
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The Coromandel Penisula, NZ
Trekking Te Araroa, New Zealand's Newest & Longest Hiking Trail
Bussing All Around New Zealand
Enjoying the Scenic Railways of New Zealand
More Than Middle Earth: New Zealand For Kids
Queenstown, NZ, Destination Guide
Getting Around New Zealand
Following the Rings in New Zealand
Angelina: From Stromboli to D'Urville Island: A Family's Story
New Zealand Photo Gallery: Summer in the North Island
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Volunteering on an Organic Farm in New Zealand
Wellington, New Zealand: The Capital City Comes Into Its Own
Meeting the Maori in New Zealand
Set Sail on a Tall Ship from
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Tailored Travel New Zealand Custom Tours
Nigel Ogle Recreates New Zealand's People