ABOUT NEW ZEALANDNew Zealand is known in the native Maori language as Aotearoa, often translated as ''The land of the long white cloud''. 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 is inhabited by some unique fauna, including many flightless birds such as the kiwi, which is the national symbol.
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Milford Sound is a fjord in the south west of New Zealand's South Island, within Fiordland National Park and the Te Wahipounamu World Heritage site. It has been judged the world's top travel destination in an international survey (the 2008 Travelers' Choice Destinations Awards by TripAdvisor) and is acclaimed as New Zealand's most famous tourist destination. Rudyard Kipling had previously called it the eighth Wonder of the World.
Abel Tasman National Park
Abel Tasman National Park is a wilderness reserve at the north end of New Zealand’s South Island. It’s known for the Abel Tasman Coast Track, a long trail winding over beaches and across ridges between Marahau in the south and Wainui in the north.
The Mackenzie Basin (popularly and traditionally known as the Mackenzie Country), is an elliptical intermontane basin, located in the Mackenzie and Waitaki Districts, near the centre of the South Island of New Zealand. It is the largest such basin in New Zealand. Historically famous mainly for sheep farming, the sparsely populated area is now also a popular tourism destination.
Tongariro Alpine Crossing
This is one of New Zealand’s best walks, with wonderful alpine and volcanic vistas, warm blue-green lakes, and steam vents, but mountains are often in heavy clouds. You’ll see Mt. Ngauruhoe—a.k.a Mt. Doom in The Lord of the Rings."
Hundertwasser toilets of Kawakawa
In the little town of Kawakawa, these toilets stand as a landmark, having been designed and built by the German artist Hundertwasser. It says something about the town that it's landmark is toilets."
The Moeraki Boulders
The Moeraki Boulders of New Zealand - The gigantic boulders started forming on the ocean floor and can now been seen sitting mysteriously on the coastline thanks to centuries of erosion.
Sutherland Falls is a waterfall near Milford Sound in the Fiordland National Park, New Zealand. Amongst the tallest waterfalls in the world, it has a steep slope. Sutherland Falls are fed by a small circular lake, named Lake Quill, which occupies a small rock basin that was formed by ice-action during the Ice Age, and spills almost directly down a near-vertical mountain-wall into a valley. Its most beautiful angle is taken from above on a helicopter flight, when you can see the lake behind the waterfall framed with snow-capped mountains in the cold seasons."
Hike the length of New Zealand
Nearly 40 years in the making, the idea for a New Zealand-long scenic trail was first dreamed up in the mid 70s by the NZ Walkways Commission and now that dream is about to come true. By the end of 2011, it will be possible to walk the entire length of New Zealand; from Cape Reinga in the North to Bluff in the South."