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New Zealand’s South Island. Pilots often make the following announcement when landing in New Zealand: “Welcome to New Zealand. Please set your clocks back twenty years.” After meeting our Kiwi guide, David, we exchanged money and picked up some food to take aboard the bus. Our coach passed thousands of dairy cattle and sheep, and then made a stop for some New Zealand ice cream, said to be the creamiest and richest in the world. The most popular flavor is hokey-pokey. It was a long bus ride, about four hours, but as we rode, the mountains to the west became more prominent and the nearby land became more barren. When Mount

Cook came into sight across the huge Lake Tekapo, we began to believe that the long day of travel had been worth the effort. The closer we drove to Mount Cook, the more we realized what spectacular scenery we were about to experience. The ride ended at our park lodge called The Hermitage Hotel right at the base of the awesome 12,000foot, snow-capped mountain. The view from our room was beyond description. Here are some of the most amazing views anywhere in the world. Following a late buffet dinner of lamb, veal, seared salmon, shrimp, venison pot pie, dozens of other unusual dishes, and more awesome desserts than could be imagined

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