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Kaikoura: sleepy seals and a funny truck driver

As many places in New Zealand, Kaikoura is surrounded by amazing landscapes. It is a small town settled between mountains and sea, and it is known for wildlife, including whales, dolphins and seals. 1,000 more words


Awe-inspiring Banks Peninsula

Since I am not a poet, there are places that I can only describe with images. 

In New Zealand I visited a lot of breathtaking places, but there are three that cut my breath and left me speechless more than any other: Banks Peninsula, Tongariro National Park and the geothermal wonders of Rotorua. 588 more words


Christchurch: destruction, creativity and hope

Did I really think that New Zealand was only about beautiful landscapes? 

Christchurch grabbed my shoulders, shook me, and opened my eyes.

Yes, New Zealand’s scenery is breathtaking, but there is much more than that.  705 more words


Milford Sound in usual weather conditions

When I booked the Milford Sound tour I knew already that the west coast of the south island is the rainiest region in New Zealand. I knew, and in spite of that, I booked the tour. 883 more words


Queenstown, Glenorchy and Middle Earth

Queenstown and Milford Sound (the most famous fjord in New Zealand) had been on my plan from the very beginning. Glaciers and fjords were my main interest in the South island. 1,005 more words


Playing hide-and-seek in Franz Josef Glacier

Have you ever played hide-and-seek with a glacier? 

Of course they cannot move, but that does not mean they cannot hide. They can, and pretty fast. 1,244 more words