Destination: New Zealand

Tutukaka Poor Knights islands panaroma - Dive! Tutukaka

New Zealand’s Poor Knights Marine Reserve – A Special Place

We chose to visit Tutukaka in the northern part of New Zealand's north island because of its access to Poor Knights Marine Reserve.  Our preference for nature, water sports, and diving, ...
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Tamaki Maori Village warriors guarding entrance

Rotorua New Zealand – Geological & Cultural Diversity

Why visit Rotorua? Does local culture and history interest you? How about geology? Or Hobbit and Lord of the Rings? All this and more awaits ...
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Mount Taranaki in New Plymouth NZ

What’s Special about Taranaki Region in New Zealand?

Taranaki Region The Taranaki region is both 'overlooked and underappreciated,’ according to Lonely Planet.  New Plymouth New Zealand, the main town in the region, is a lovely coastal beach town ...
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Tongariro Alpine Crossing - Blue Lake

Mountain High to Deep Waterways – Lake Taupo New Zealand

Lake Taupo & Around If you love the outdoors, beautiful scenery, mountains, waterways, history and culture, look no further than the Lake Taupo Area on New Zealand's North Island. It ...
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Wellington city overview

Wellington New Zealand – A Favorite City!

On a recent 7 week visit to New Zealand, my photographer husband and I spent a few days in Wellington, now our favorite city in New Zealand. Learn about the ...
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Stewart Island ocean view

Stewart Island/Rakiura – New Zealand’s 3rd Island

Stewart Island Stewart Island is an unspoiled naturally beautiful oasis, and only a 1-hour ferry ride from Bluff, the southernmost edge of New Zealand’s South Island, 30 km south of ...
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Earl and Livingston mountains along Milford Road; road trip to Milford Sound with Fiordland Tours

Milford Sound – Scenery Photographers Dream About

Magical Milford Sound In the pristine and scenic Fiordland National Park, Milford Sound is New Zealand and its surrounding area's most dramatic natural attraction. Its captivating scenery boasts:  ...
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Routeburn track mountain view

New Zealand Great Walk – Routeburn Track from Glenorchy

Choose to stay in a big tourist town – Queenstown, or the lesser known town of Glenorchy? When New Zealand is mentioned, those who have been there often point to ...
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Franz Josef Glacier

Franz Josef Glacier – Activities on the Glacier

- Did you know New Zealand’s South Island has over 3000 glaciers?  Franz Josef Glacier is one offering many outdoor activities. Spectacularly picturesque Franz Josef has 3 glaciers in view ...
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Tree covered walk near Franz Josef

Franz Josef New Zealand – Glacier Country Experiences off the Glacier

- Do you want to know and see the activities beyond the glaciers in Franz Josef? Franz Josef New Zealand Nature’s splendor surrounds Franz Josef New Zealand with rain forests, ...
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Sign Welcome to Karamea New Zealand

Karamea New Zealand – Natural Beauty of the North West Coast

North West Coast of New Zealand's South Island Most people have never heard of Karamea New Zealand on the South Island's West Coast. Tourists and locals often skip Karamea; it ...
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Akaroa New Zealand Harbour and cloudy sky

Akaroa New Zealand – for beach, wildlife, great seafood

Akaroa New Zealand We are wildlife voyeurs and take every opportunity to experience the animals in their natural habitats on all of our travels. When Coast Up Close Wildlife Adventures invited ...
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KiwiRail's TranzAlpine Railway empty car

TranzAlpine Scenic Railway Journey – 5 reasons to take the train

New Zealand's TranzAlpine Scenic Railway Journey When thinking of the Alps, the Swiss Alps come to mind; I never considered any other Alps, and yet New Zealand has the beautiful ...
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Lochmara pole carvings

Top 10 Favorite Places in New Zealand’s South Island

Top 10 New Zealand's South Island Want to know the best places to spend your time when in New Zealand's South Island? After completing a trip of a lifetime, we are ...
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