Showing posts with label New Zealand. Show all posts
Showing posts with label New Zealand. Show all posts

Saturday, March 10, 2018

Unique Wildlife Encounters at New Zealand

New Zealand being was an isolated country for millions of years. The wildlife is quite unique. Before there was no land mammals in New Zealand .But now a few unusual species of animals and birds have evolved that are well worth looking out whenever you are backpacking in New Zealand.

There is no shortage of amazing animals to see in New Zealand’s ancient wilderness. With many of them native to the country, from the alpine parrots to living dinosaurs there are quite a few surprises to be found on land. Not forgetting the marine life living it up in New zeal and waters like the world’s smallest dolphins or super cute fur seals.

A holiday here is your chance to see wildlife that you won’t find anywhere else in the world. Wildlife encounters is one of the most rewarding backpacking experiences in New Zealand.

New Zealand national symbol is a nocturnal flightless bird with nostrils on the end of its large beak. The trip to New Zealand would not be complete without taking a look at New Zealand’s National bird- the kiwi. They are nocturnal, tiny and extremely fast runners. They are also on the verge of extinction. You can make a camp and set out through the ferns after dark to try and spot one but it is a lot easier to visit one of the many kiwi houses on the south island.

Some well known birds are: Kea, Weks, Tui, Morpork Owl and Blue Penguins.

Sea life: New Zealand has abundant and diverse marine life. Whale watching and swimming with dolphins are the two of our most highly recommended experiences. The small Hector’s dolphin is the world rarest dolphin .The greatest thing in New Zealand is that you can swim with the dolphins in their natural environment. Dolphins are also curious of us as we are of them. Swimming with wild dolphins in their natural habitat can be a dream comes true here, while others will be amazed by Penguins, seals, or gannets colonies.

Few parts of New Zealand are covered with national parks, forest areas and reserves. Out of which few national parks contain an incredible variety of unspoiled landscape vegetation. These parks are administered and maintained by the department of conservation. They also provide opportunity for a wide variety of activities including hiking, mountain, biking, skiing and snowboarding, kayaking and trout fishing.

There are no dangerous animals in New Zealand: Unlike New Zealand neighbours Australia there are no animals out here that are out to kill you. There is however three types of spider that can hurt if they bite, the white tailed spider, red back spider and the kapito spider.

Wildlife activities in New Zealand: Activities involving Wildlife are like going to see the animals or birds in their natural environment, a truly rewarding experience especially because you get to see how they naturally behave.

Spending hours watching the spectacle of nature takes place right in front of your eyes will make your trip simply unforgettable.

Wednesday, August 3, 2016

Waitomo Glowworm Caves

Image Credit: Custom Day Tours


Most of New Zealand caves are formed from limestone and marble sediment. And from these limestone formations New Zealand’s most inspiring naturalwonders and must to see destinations has evolved.

Waitomo is located two hours from Auckland on NewZealand North Island WAITOMO; the meaning of WAITOMO is water entering a hole in the ground. This place is famous for GLOWWORM CAVES, BLACK WATER RAFTING, CAVE ABSEILING, and CAVE ECO-TOURS AND NATURAL ATTRACTION. 


This place is the oldest tourist attractions because of the population of Glow-worms that live in the caves. The Waitomo caves were formed over 30 million years ago. Glow-worms are tiny bioluminescent creatures that produces blue green light, it is an invertebrate. These glow worms are omnivorous animals, but they still have a diet which is meat based.


Chief Tane Tinorau had explored this Waitomo Glow-worms Caves in 1887. They built a raft of flax stem and with candles in hand floated into the cave where the stream goes underground. As they entered the caves they saw the Glow-Worms grotto and the twinkling glow coming from the ceiling and little further they were surprised to see the limestone formations. Slowly after many trips they discovered the upper level entrance which has now become a current entrance. And then by 1889 this cave was opened to tourist by paying a nominal fee.

The Locals were amazed by the twinkling larvae and therefore this site became a tourist attraction and welcomingvisitors from there onwards.


LAKE TE ANAU on the western shore takes you to the underground adventure that fascinates visitors from all ages. Here you come across how the rushing water sculpts the rock formations before gliding through the silent darkness to the Glow-worms is really a magical sight. As you enter this galaxy of tiny lights you’ll immediately experience a serene ambience and be fascinated and intrigued by tiny Glow-worm that light your way. The guide explains about the life span and how they live and die. They give interesting information about the cultural heritage, the history and science behind the caves.It is an unforgettable sightseeing attraction. You can enjoy a boat ride under thousands of Glow-worms over your head. Tourist visiting New Zealand always has a wish to visit this place.

Glow worm caves are a good place for your family or class picnic. It is an educational activity for the kids to learn about the nature, history and culture of the Glow worm.

The WAITOMO is the only home to the caves but there are also activities like Horse-riding and even golf.


The visitors are not allowed to stay overnight in the caves. So there are many hotels,campsites and guesthouse in and around Waitoma to suit a range of budgets.


Many Tour providers’ runs daily sightseeing tours to Waitomo caves from Auckland. You can choose to visit just the caves. Booking has to be made much in advance.

Make a point to visit this place as nature always surprises you beyond expectation.

Saturday, December 5, 2015

Queenstown, New Zealand


Queenstown, New Zealand is the perfect destination for International tourists to visit. Queenstown is the location to visit all the year round. It is situated beside Lake Wakatipu which is in the Southern Lakes district of New Zealand, and the snow capped mountains can be seen in winter in all its beauty. Queenstown is the ultimate in the world for outdoor action, and adventure. You can do skiing in the winter and other activities like bungee jumping, sky diving, horse trekking, and river rafting all the year round. You can enjoy cycling on picturesque tracks to the backcountry trails. Queenstown is known as the Adventure Capital of the World.


This area was first known to the Maori tribe, and the Europeans arrived there in the year 1860. William Gilbert Rees and Nicholas von Tunzelmann were the first Europeans to settle in this area. Rees built a farm in this locality of Queenstown in 1860, but in 1862 gold was found in the Arrow river, and Rees converted his shed into a hotel and named it Queen’s Arms, is now known as Eichardt’s. Numerous roads in Queenstown have names from the era of gold mining, and some historic structures still stand in Queenstown.


Known as the resort town, Queenstown has around 220 adventure tourism activities like, Skiing , Snowboarding, paragliding, sky gliding, paragliding, jet boating, white water rafting, bungee jumping and mountain biking, to name a few. Queenstown is a main place for snow sports in New Zealand, and people from New Zealand , and from all parts of the world travel to ski at the four major mountain ski fields, Cardrona Alpine resort, Coronet Peak, The Remarkables and Treple Cone, and cross country skiing is also obtainable at the Waiorau Snowfarm close to the Cardrona village. TSS Earnslaw a 100 year old twin screw coal fired steamer travels in Lake Wakatipu.

Queenstown is in the close proximity of the wine producing area, the two vineyards are owned by the actor Sam Neil. The neighboring town of Arrowtown has many restaurants and bars. Queenstown holds many festivals like the Bike Festival, Winter Festival and the Jazz Festival.

Queenstown and the and the neighboring areas are famous film shootings, for films like Lord of the Rings, Hindi Feature film Kaho Na Pyar Hai, I Hate Luv Stories, and the Willow, to name a few.


Queenstown is positioned on the shores of Lake Wakatipu, and a few 100 meters away are the centers for skiing and Snowboarding. Because of its elevation, and its high mountain background, has an oceanic climate. The summers are hot upto 30 degrees centigrade and the winters are cold, with temperatures as low as 9 degrees centigrade.


Queenstown can be reached by road and by air but not by railways. As it is a resort centre, many bus services are available into Queenstown. Queenstown also has an International Airport and an Helicopter base. The main road into Queenstown is through the Highway 6 heading to the eastern side of Lake Wakatipu.

You can indulge yourself by visiting regions wineries, select from the 120 bars and restaurants, and relish the local chocolates, beer and wines. Do your shopping in the very stylish shopping centers and also relax at the luxury spas to perk up your mind, body and soul.

Saturday, November 15, 2014

Cook Island, New Zealand

Cook Island
Cook Islands – Formed by Volcanic Activity

The Cook Islands is an island country in the South Pacific Ocean in free association with New Zealand located in Polynesia between French Polynesia to the east and Tonga to the west. This archipelago comprises of 15 inhabited islands which are spread out over 2.2 million square km of ocean with no land between the tropical Cook Island and the Antarctica.

Its main population centres are on the island of Rarotonga which has an international airport. One will also find larger population of Cook Islands in New Zealand especially in the North Island. These islands were formed due to volcanic activity and while the northern group tends to be older, it consists of six atolls that are sunken volcanoes topped with coral growth.

The climate here is moderate to tropical. The islands are self-governing in free association with New Zealand which holds the primary responsibility with regards to external affairs, in consultation with Cook Islands government. The Cool Islands nationals are the citizens of New Zealand who can obtain New Zealand government services, though the New Zealand citizens are not the nationals of Cook Islands.

Not a United Nations Member State

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Besides, the Cook Islands is also not a United Nations member state, though with Niue, have full treaty making capacity which has been recognized by United Nations Secretariat and is now a full member of the WHO and UNESCO UN specialised agencies.

It is also an associate member of the Economic as well as Social Commission for Asia as well as the Pacific – UNESCAP, together with a Member of the Assembly of States of the International Criminal Court.

The languages of the Island include English, Cook Islands Maori or Rarotongan and Pukapukan. The dialect of Cook Island Maori are Penrhyn, Rakahanga-Manihiki, the Ngaputoru dialect of Atiu, Mitiaro and Mauke, the Aitutaki dialect and the Mangaian dialect.

Cook Island Maori and its dialectic variants are somewhat related to both Tahitian as well as to New Zealand Maori while Pukapukan is closely related to the Samoan language. Cook Islands Maori and English are the official languages of Cook Islands.

Economic Base – Tourism/Agriculture 

Music here is varied with Christian songs which are quite popular though traditional dancing and songs in Polynesian languages also remain popular. Its economic development is hindered due to the isolation of the country from foreign markets, limited size of domestic markets, periodic devastation from natural calamities, lack of natural resources together with inadequate infrastructure.

 Tourism and agriculture is the economic base with major exports made from copra and citrus fruit and manufacturing functions are limited to fruit processing handicrafts and clothing. During the 1980s and 1990s, the country had lived beyond its means and maintained bloated public service incurring a large foreign debt but with subsequent reforms which included the sale of state assets, the encouragement of tourism, the strengthening of economic management and a debt restructuring agreement, they managed to have some investment, growth and progress.

Cook Islands’ currency is the New Zealand Dollar though they issue their own banknotes and coins which include two varieties of highly unusual $3 banknotes and the triangular $2 coins. Cook Islands money can be utilised only within the Cook Islands.