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"The first european to find NZ was a Dutch sea-captain who was looking for something else. It takes its name from a province of Holland to which it does not bear the remotest likeness. Taken possession of by an English navigator, whose action was afterwards reversed by his country's rulers, it was only annexed by the English Government, which did not want it, to keep it from the French who did." William Pember Reeves, 1898
 

Highlights
Majestic and diverse scenery, Maori culture, kayaking around Abel Tasman Nat'l Park, gliding in Omarama, hiking Routeburn Track.

lows
Sandflies, one-lane bridges, arrival of the Kiwi Experience bus, Maui Campervans clogging the roads.

head scratchers
PM Helen Clarke's comments about the war in Iraq (how would she know anything?), and how did so many Americans end up in the South Island?

 

 

population (mn)

3.908
capital Wellington
languages English
religion Christian
currency Kiwi Dollar

  Click on the thumbnail shots below to see larger photos with descriptions.  
ratings (1-5) 5 = best
Friendliness: 4
culture: 3
fun: 4
transport: 5
nature: 5
FOOD: 3

 

 
total score: 24 out of 30

 

average cost per day
US$120 per day (for two)

 

 
 
 
 
 

 
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  April 24 ->   The Southern Lakes Region of NZ  
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