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Travel

June 2011

Travel: New Zealand in a nutshell (By Nikhil Gupta) New Zealand is a country of stunning and diverse natural beauty, which includes: jagged mountains, steep fiords, pristine lakes, raging rivers, scenic beaches, and active volcanic features. The islands are one of Earth’s richest flora zones and are inhabited by some unique fauna, including many flightless birds such as the kiwi. NZ often adds an adventure twist to nature, and is the home of jet boating through shallow gorges, and bungy jumping off anything high enough to give a thrill. You journey usually begins at Auckland. Ride up the Sky Tower to enjoy the 360 degree views of Auckland City. Visit Kelly Tarltons and come face to face with the sharks, penguins and more. Do a day trip to the historic Bay of islands in the far north. Next, travel to Rotorua via the famous Waitomo Caves. The highlight is a silent boat trip beneath the lights of thousands of glow-worms that live on the cave ceiling. At Rotorua, experience the Maori culture, boiling mud pools, hot springs and geysers. Also visit the Agrodome and witness live sheep shearing!

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Next, to the Glacier region via the Haast road, passing through small settlements and lakes full of Trout and Salmon. Next day, start with a helicopter flight and snow landing on top on the glacier. Then take the scenic Tranz Alpine train to Christchurch via Greymouth. Do a day trip to Kaikoura for a whale-watching cruise and visit a winery on the way back. NZ is in the Southern Hemisphere and has the opposite weather of Europe. September to March has the best weather, roughly low 20s. Ideally, you need 12 days to cover the major points in both the north and south island. Those looking for a longer holiday can continue to Australia, Bora Bora or Fiji.

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