Photogallery: New Zealand – Work and Nature
New Zealand – Work and Nature
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No. of pictures: 37 pictures
New Zealand is a country in the southern hemisphere. Seasons of the year are exactly the opposite from the northern hemisphere. While we are freezing cold and look at snow here, the people of New Zealand enjoy summer. People come here to enjoy nature and often to work at local farms. New Zealand is a perfect destination for students who joined the popular "Work and Travel“ program. You can travel here for cheap as well. So pack your things and set off for New Zealand! Take our photogallery as a little inspiration to what to see.
Text: Lenka Bauerová
Photos: Vojtěch Bližňák, Sylvie Halouzková
Each of us has a dream that you either meet, or is life just a dream. My dream has always been seen at least once a paradise on Earth, which is almost untouched by human activity - and this paradise is called New Zealand. I am glad that I belong to that group of people who have their dream fulfilled, even at the price that had to touch you deeper into the wallet.
A visit to New Zealand begins in Auckland in case of many. The city is situated on the northern island. Even though Aucklad is not the capital, about one third of country's population lives there. There is majority of economic activity, culture, art, and gastronomy. Let's make a short stop in Auckland. It would be pity to see Auckland only from the airport.
Have you ever heard of gannets? These blue-eyed sea birds who come unbelievably fast head down right into the ocean to catch their food. I have been always fascinated by them when I saw them in nature documentaries. I managed to get a close look at them on Cape Kidnappers, New Zealand.
Both the Hobbit and the Lord of the Ring trilogies were shot on New Zealand. The movies inspired many tourists to come to the country. Many fly in solely to see the film sets. The most famous one is Hobbiton. Today, we make a short trip to introduce it to you.
New Zealand is fascinating for its diversity and extremes. Tongariro national park is no exception. Beautiful, pleasant landscape surrounding Taupo lake changes to volcanic desert. Tongariro Alpine Crossing is a 20 kilometer trail which is one of the most popular in the country. Infoglobe brings you closer to this amazing experience.
In the very heart of New Zealand's norhter island there is the most active volcanic area in the country. There is high geothermal activity around hte town of Rotorua. You may smell sulphur all around and sulphur steam springs out of the ground on many places. Also you may see bubbling mud lakes, hot springs, and other interesting natural phenomena.
Are you traveling to the north of New Zealand? Be sure to stop behind Whangarei town with 16 kilometer wide Bay of Island. Nature there is great as well as waterfalls and trips to see dolphins, whales and amazing beaches.
On New Zealand's northern islend, there is a narrow land projection adorned by beautiful cliffs, sand dunes, and the longest beach in the country. It is also one of the most sought after points of interest for tourists. Let's go there and spend there a while.
In the last parts of our series we saw several places in the northern island of New Zealand. Now we start exploring the southern one which is larger, wilder, and there are more mountains. It is dominated by the summits of the South Alps especially Mt. Cook, the highest mountain in the country – 3 754 m.
The largest city of New Zealand's southern island was badly damaged during heavy earthquakes between 2010 and 2012. Still, it has been developing quite fast since. It is worth visiting to see, how a restoration of such a place might look like.
Nelson town is one of the oldest in New Zealand. It was the very first town on New Zealand's southern island. Sights, however, are not what is interesting the most about this town. It is the place with most sunny days on the Southern Island. Moreover, it is surrounded by amazing nature. Among the most popular activities are trips to the Abel Tasman national park.
At the heart of the Southern Alps, on the shore of Wakatipu lake, there is the town Queenstown. It is home to summer and winter sports, an ideal base to set out to treks.
Deep fjords, beautiful mountain vallesy, waterfalls, glacier lakes, and wild nature. Fiordland could be shortly described by that. You can find it in the south of New Zealand. There, two popular tourist destinations are situated there – Milford Sound and Doubtful Sound.
One of natural wonders, the most famous tourist attraction of New Zealand. Milford Sound, a 15 kilometer fjord on the very south of South Island.
If you are from Europe, New Zealand is one of the most remote places in the world. In the very distant past New Zealand separated from other continents. Today it is situated alone 2000 kilometers from the closest continent – Australia. In the following weeks we are going to discover and explore many beautiful places in Zealand. Let's start by introducing you to the lesser and more "civilized" part of the country. The Northern Island.
After a five hour bus ride we arrived at Vienna's Schwechat airport, where we have about another 5 hours to departure. The flight from Vienna to Zurich, Switzerland was relatively quick and calm compared to the other two.
Our first stop after Auckland was according to scheduled Rotorua represents area of geothermal activity and centre of Maori culture. In Rotorua we arrived around noon by bus company InterCity (journey from Auckland took about 4 hours) and already on arrival we could feel its magic.
The next morning we were going to the next thermal area called Waiotapu, which is lying about 27 km south of Rotorua. Our original plan was that we go from Rotorua further by hitchhiking and the buses we will use just rarely. The reality, however, was eventually reversed.
The nice weather filled our expectations. From one of the local hostels in Taupo, where we spent last night was a wonderful view of snow-capped volcanoes in the National Park (NP) Tongariro, towering above Lake Taupo.
To the New Zealand capital of Wellington we arrived in the evening. We had arranged lodging at some Englishman of CouchSurfing. His name was Mark and he lives in New Zealand for about 6 years. He lived in the southern part of town called Kilbirnie, from the city centre had to take a bus which took about half an hour.
Ferry docked in the small town of Picton, where we had booked InterCity company bus as part of our "Travel Pass" to Nelson. Here we had about an hour then the next and last for one day change for a bus that should have led us to the beginning of a coastal road in the Abel Tasman National Park - to Marahau.
Our wishful expectations about better weather fulfilled. We woke up to a beautiful sunny morning - you would not say that the day before there was torrential rain all day. We were very happy today because we had planned to go on a 3-day trek - Abel Tasman Coastal path.
Aquataxi brought us back to the start of the trek, where we have transgressed of coach to Nelson. Here we planned to sleep in one of the local hostels and buy food for our next trip. Nelson, who is known for its fruit orchards, winemaking and mainly brewing represents during the main tourist season, one of the liveliest cities of NZ.
In the morning we woke up to a rainy day. Because we have booked this day to move from Fox Glacier to Queenstown on the south part of the South Island, we were forced to pack up all things.
Night that we spent in the cottage was not too nice, at least for me. First, there flew a few stray "Sandflyes' and the second one in the bedroom still was snoring. This could probably be expected, because all 40 people were divided only into two rooms.
Last day of our trip before departure to Auckland was reserved for sightseeing of Queenstown. The city with its 23 thousand inhabitants has a great location – lies in sigmoide bending of Lake Wakatipu and sharply uprising mountains.
It was my dream for since ever I wanted to visit New Zealand. It was like a magnet and after all those years I finally fulfilled my dream. So I bought a ticket, planned a route, said good bye and set out for real adventure!
The captain of a ship just wrote me from the Bay of Island. I had to hurry and get to Wellington as fast as possible. The road was supposed to take me about two days however, I managed to hitchhike to Picton in a day. So I get to the captain a day earlier. He took me from the south of the Northern Island up to Bay of Island where we spent a nice week on a boat.
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Sulphur odour, rising steam, hot springs, bubbling mud lakes. This is the most active volcanic ar...
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