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Mount Taranaki: will the New Zealand peak’s ‘living person’ status bring respect?

Mount Taranaki: will the New Zealand peak’s ‘living person’ status bring respect? The North Island mountain is to get the same rights as people and, amid environmental concerns, the Māori community hopes this will mean tourists treat it with care New Zealand must feel like the reserved sibling in a family of exhibitionists. You have big, brash Australia to one side, the dreamy, tropical South Pacific isles above and alluring, mysterious Antarctica to the south. Which could go some way to explaining why New Zealand has been left off so many maps of the world, from the Smithsonian Natural History Museum to those simple cartographic artworks by the likes of Starbucks and Ikea. Last month, Tourism NZ launched a…

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The star quality of New Zealand’s Great Barrier Island

The star quality of New Zealand’s Great Barrier Island The off-grid island 90km off the coast of Auckland is a Dark Sky Sanctuary ideal for star gazing – and the views by day are heavenly too I was glad I had such terrible jet lag. Wide awake at 3.30am with my nine-year-old daughter on our lodge balcony, I stared for hours at the most incredible night sky I’ve ever seen before the dawn slowly started to rub out the stars on the horizon and the multiple shooting stars faded away. We were going to my girlfriend’s big family reunion in Auckland, New Zealand, but when we found out that Great Barrier Island, just off the coast, had been recently…

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Passing panorama: New Zealand’s glory from a train window

Passing panorama: New Zealand’s glory from a train window Thirty years after the TranzAlpine was launched, Susan Grossman boards one of the world’s most scenic trains at Christchurch, before completing her trip on North Island’s Northern Explorer It’s 8.15am on the dot and with one mellow toot the TranzAlpine passenger train is off on its journey from Christchuch to Greymouth. As we rattle through the flat and fertile Canterbury plains we are soon climbing up steep gorges in the foothills of the Southern Alps, the backbone of South Island. Below, I can see the startling blue water of the Waimakariri river valley. Pink and blue lupins line the tracks along with rows of pines. The railway covers 223km, tracking…

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Top 5 things to do in the New Zealand summer podcast

Top 5 things to do in the New Zealand summer podcast Summer is the best time to travel around New Zealand — there’s great weather (but it’s not too hot), nice long days, and heaps of extra activities to get involved in. If you’d like to truly experience the Kiwi summer, our top five things to do in the NZ summer are a great place to start! To listen, hit play below or find episode 345 in iTunes, Stitcher or Soundcloud: 1. Get… Source Get on the water, on the road, to local events! Want to truly experience the Kiwi summer? Check out our top five things to do in the NZ summer. http://feeds.feedburner.com/IndieTravelPodcastIndie Travel Podcast Sweet travel advice…

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