The New Zealand rainforests are home to a wide range of unique plants and birds.
About 10–15% of the total land area of Aotearoa is covered with native flora, from tall kauri and kohekohe forests to rainforest dominated by rimu, beech, tawa, matai and rata; ferns and flax; dunelands with their spinifex and pingao; alpine and subalpine herb fields; and scrub and tussock.
Photos by Marc Adamus
Lake Matheson is one of the most photographed lakes in NZ because of it’s mirror reflection of Mt Cook and Mt Tasman.
It’s excellent reflecting properties are due to the dark brown colour of the water – the result of organic matter leached from the humus of the forest floor. Dawn and dusk are the best times to enjoy the reflections in the lake.
Every year from mid-November to December vast areas along riverbeds of Mackenzie Country at the South Island burst with colour and fragrance. Thousands of lupins cover the landscape with purple, pink, yellow and blue.
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Absolutely unique handcrafted jewellery from New Zealand created by Christine Nightingale.
Working with pure silver and gold, Christine handcrafts beautiful pieces with personalised messages.
Rotorua is one of the world’s most spectacular Geothermal Wonderlands. It is part of the Taupo Volcanic Zone, a geothermal field extending from White Island off the Bay of Plenty Coast to Mt Ruapehu far to the south. Rotorua’s array of geothermal features – volcanic crater lakes, spouting geysers, bubbling mud pools, hissing fumaroles and colourful sinter terraces – are sure to impress.
Rotorua’s geothermal wonderland and the volcanic activity has drawn visitors since the 1800s and remains a huge draw card at spectacular thermal parks.
These include Te Puia, where the Pohutu geyser is the star of the Whakarewarewa Valley erupting up to 20 times a day to heights of 30m. Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland – well known for its colourful waters and the famed Chamapagne Pool; Hells Gate is renowned for its mud baths and Waimangu Volcanic Valley is the youngest geothermal eco-system in the world.
Number 5 is a great restaurant with quality food and a warm atmosphere.
It’s a small red building at city road which opens up to a relatively big space once entered. The food is beautifully prepared and delicious. Excellent wine list. The staff is attentive and very pleasant. The setting is very romantic and classy.
It would be a great place to bring someone you love or love to impress.
Tiritiri Matangi Island is a wildlife sanctuary located 30km north east of central Auckland accessible by ferry.
The island boasts an impressive array of native birds from Kiwi to Kokako as well as breathtaking scenery. You can choose to take a guided tour or guide your self around the island. Highlights you must check out are Fishermans Bay and the Arches on the eastern side of the island as well as Hobbs Beach (a nice place to swim).
Travelling from Auckland or Whangaparaoa to Tiritiri Matangi, the typical ‘whitish’ cliffs of the Auckland area shine out in the sun. These are the familiar ‘Waitemata Group’ rocks. They are made up of mainly alternating layers of sandstone and mudstone, interspersed irregularly with thick beds of volcanic debris flows.
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Dear Jervois is good example of good cafe in Auckland. The menu is varied & has some unique options to choose from. The food is very fresh and flavourful. The presentation is fantastic.
Would recommended and come back here again!
The largest cruise ship to visit New Zealand made its debut in Auckland this morning with nearly 6500 passengers and crew on board.
The 168,666-tonne, 348mOvation of the Seas set off from Sydney on December 18 and arrived in Waitemata Harbour at 6.30am. It is owned by cruise line operator Royal Caribbean.
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Stunning Portraits Of The Maori People By Photographer Jimmy Nelson.
The long and intriguing story of the origins of the indigenous Maori people can be traced back to the 13th century, the mythical homeland Hawaiki, Eastern Polynesia. Due to centuries of isolation, the Maori established a distinct society with characteristic art, a separate language and unique mythology.
Defining aspects of Maori traditional culture include art, dance, legends, tattoos and community. While the arrival of European colonists in the 18th century had a profound impact on the Maori way of life, many aspects of traditional society have survived into the 21st century.
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