18 February 2011

I wish to......

There are many interesting places I want to go. One of it is the country located about 1250 miles from southeast of Australia, which is New Zealand. The population of the New Zealanders whom also called the Kiwis is estimated about 4 076 140 and the capital is Wellington. This country is about the size of Colorado in U.S.  The history stated that the Maori inhabited New Zealand around year 1000.In 1904, New Zealand become part of the British Common Wealth. Some of the interesting facts about this country are:
          First place in the world to allow women to vote
          Longest Place Name still in use:
Taumatawhakatangihangakoauauotamateaturipukakapikimaunga-horonukupokaiwhenuakitanatahu name for a hill, 305 metres (1,001 ft) high, close toPorangahau, south of Waipukurau in southern Hawke's Bay, New Zealand.
          It is also called “Aotearoa”- A Maori name means “long white cloud”
          The famous rugby team : All Blacks

What makes I felt in love with New Zealand?
There are many attractions and things to do here. One of it is visiting the National Park. All over the country, there are about 14 National Parks.  As my hobby is photography, I think it is very suitable for me to capturing landscape scene. With the well managed National Park by the authorities, it convinced me that the trip will not be disserved.  They protect unique and beautiful areas that can be enjoyed responsibly by the public. List of the National Parks are as shown below.

Other than that, there are also places where we can try ice hiking. The Fox & Franz Joseph Glaciers which is located at West Coast is one of the most suitable places to do hiking. These glaciers are among the most convenient to visit in the world because at the low altitude the climate is temperate.  It is also a unique glacier while many glaciers around the world have been retreating, the Franz Joseph still flows almost to sea level. The Franz Josef Glacier descends from the Southern Alps down into temperate rainforest just 300 meters above sea level. From the nearby town, you can arrange to go ice hiking. Alternatively, it’s easy to walk to the terminus of the glacier. A scenic flight will provide a different view of this giant river of ice.

Furthermore, in Auckland there is an adventurous sport which is called SkyWalk. SkyWalk is a new adventure activity where I can take an informative journey on top of the Auckland’s famous tower;SkyTower. I can get the best view of the harbor nearer and any other fascinating landmarks from 192m above the ground! There are no hand rails on this walk and it just a full body harness and overhead safety line to keep us safe. Actually, we just to get experience as the buildings cleaners.

In addition, the most attractive activity is the kiwi spotting. The best known of New Zealand birds, the kiwi is nocturnal and flightless. There are six varieties of kiwi, even though they can be difficult to spot in the wild. However, there are a number of Kiwi Houses around the country.  One of it is Stewart Island. It is one of the best places in New Zealand to see the elusive kiwi. On this kiwi spotting, we will be guided by the local Maori to get close and personal as one can with these endangered birds. Watching these birds in the flesh is as much exhilarating as it is empowering.

Moreover, New Zealand waters contain a variety of whales and are great for whale watching.  Kaikoura is one of the few locations in the world where whales can be seen from the shore. For an even closer look, visitors can board a whale watching tour. Sperm whales, humpback whales, orca and a variety of dolphins live in the nutrient-rich waters off the coast of Kaikoura. Snorkeling with seals and shark diving are other local activities. This activity also can be unforgettable moment in my life as I can see the whales live with my eyes.

Lastly, there are hundreds of activities that I can do in New Zealand. It will be more interesting if I can get there with my family and friends. I hope that, one day I will be there. Who wants to follow me?
~New Zealand!!! Here I come!~







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