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Visiting New Zealand

Both of New Zealand’s halves overflow with outdoor extremes. On the North Island, Rotorua’s volcanic landscape is a mystical backdrop for Maori culture, and Auckland lives up to its watery nickname, the City of Sails. On the South Island, the Southern Alps mountain range peaks at ski-hub Queenstown. Both of New Zealand’s halves overflow with outdoor extremes. On the North Island, Rotorua’s volcanic landscape is a mystical backdrop for Maori culture, and Auckland lives up to its watery nickname, the City of Sails. On the South Island, the Southern Alps mountain range peaks at ski-hub Queenstown.    Close

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The road to Paradise

Written by MagdaDH_AlexH on 10 Jan, 2011

Our second day in Queenstown and the weather couldn't be different from the crystal beauty of yesterday. It's raining, and the sky is thick with uniform darkness of grey clouds. The opposite shore of the lake is hardly visible. But we only have two days…Read More


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Into the Land of the Rings: Fiordland to Central Otago

Written by MagdaDH_AlexH on 06 Jan, 2011

Having given up on Milford Sound (reluctantly but in a fairly good humor, it's only now that I really regret not making more effort, it's strange how a mindset changes when traveling for a long time), we set off for this other South Island tourist…Read More


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How we haven't seen Milford Sound

Written by MagdaDH_AlexH on 06 Jan, 2011

Our last day in Manapouri, and Milford Road is closed, again. There isn't much snow where we are, and the sun is positively shining so we decide to drive up – the road is not closed at Te Anau but further up at the Divide,…Read More


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Manapouri and The Very Muddy Walk

Written by MagdaDH_AlexH on 03 Jan, 2011

Snow is covering the world in a thin but persistent layer when we wake up on our first morning in Manapouri and, as a quick look on the New Zealand Department of Transport website confirms, the Milford Road is still closed. Manapouri is a village…Read More


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Dual nature of Kiwi tourism and the invaluable DoC booklets

Written by MagdaDH_AlexH on 17 Dec, 2010

Tourism in New Zealand is a funny, double-sided thing (and by the way, if you just want the practical tip, just skip to the next section past the three stars). On one hand, it's an industry par excellence, generating close to 10% of the country's…Read More


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Last day on the Southland coast

Written by MagdaDH_AlexH on 17 Dec, 2010

After a night in Gore, we drive back to the coast through the rather flat and only very mildly inspiring farmland. There is not many people, or cars; there are many sheep: but we are used to it by now. The day is beautiful, the…Read More


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Dunedin: Edinburgh down under

Written by MagdaDH_AlexH on 13 Dec, 2010

Dunedin, named as a Gaelic translation of Edinburgh (Dun-Edin), is a small university city on the eastern coast of the Otago district of New Zealand's South Island. Despite having a population of only about 125,000, it's the second largest city on the South Island, and…Read More


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Magic Boulders at Castle Hill

Written by MagdaDH_AlexH on 01 Oct, 2010

The scenic alpine route from Christchurch to the West Coast that leads through the Porters' and Arthur's Passes is spectacularly scenic, and crosses some excellent hill-walking land too. There are many short and day hikes in the vicinity of Arthur's Pass village, but perhaps the…Read More


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The wet-dry divide: Arthur's Pass

Written by MagdaDH_AlexH on 01 Oct, 2010

Arthur's Pass is an every-day name for the State Highway 73, a road that was originally traced in 1865–66 to connect Christchurch to the West Coast goldfields. The road includes actually two two passes, the more famous and higher Arthur's Pass at over 900m and…Read More


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New Land

Written by MagdaDH_AlexH on 01 Oct, 2010

We arrive in Christchurch two days after the big Sep-2010 earthquake. We stay in a suburb that has hardly been affected, but the city as a whole is still in a state of (excuse the pun) shock. Not only psychologically, but also literally: smaller and…Read More


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