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  • Photo of the Week: View on Rangitoto Volcano from Sky Tower - June 15th, 2010
    Actually I included this photo to show that in addition to beautiful nature New Zealand also has big cities with skyscrapers. Actually there are two cities like that - Auckland and Wellington. What you see in this photo is a view from Sky Tower in Auckland. In the distance you can see the beautiful cone of the Rangitoto volcano, and you can take a ferry to it from Auckland. click on the image to view larger photo
  • NZ Places: View on Rangitoto Volcano from Sky Tower - June 15th, 2010
    Actually I included this photo to show that in addition to beautiful nature New Zealand also has big cities with skyscrapers. Actually there are two cities like that - Auckland and Wellington. What you see in this photo is a view from Sky Tower in Auckland. In the distance you can see the beautiful cone of the Rangitoto volcano, and you can take a ferry to it from Auckland. click on the image to view larger photo
  • NZ Photo Reviews: Steve Burling's NZ Photography Review - June 8th, 2009
    Good day everybody! I found Steve Burling's photographs of New Zealand on one of the photographic sites on the internet, and they caught my attention right away.  His compositions and understanding of light are wonderful. And what is also very important is that Steve absolutely loves nature and photography - I can see it from his work. And Steve himself says:  "I love to travel and have been doing so for some time and am constantly blown away by how beautiful the world is."  This is what I...
  • General: Don't Despair - April 30th, 2009
    Good day to everyone! You must have noticed that I didn't write for a while. I had several personal issues, and I also was on vacation - spent 11 days in Greece! And now I am moving NZ Tramping to a new hosting. So I please bear with me for a couple more days, and I promise you to get back to writing here! And until then - take care! Kia Ora.
  • Tramping: South Island Easy Access Walks - Part 3 - March 30th, 2009
    As it turns out there are still more easy access walks on South Island, and this is the third post in which I continue describing additional walks. You can read first post here and the second post here. Today I will concentrate on the West Coast of the South Island. 1. Seal Colony Walk, Cape Foulwind Located 12 km south of Westport this walk goes near densely populated seal colony and also presents a wonderful views of the coast. From mid-November you will be able to see seal pups. This w...
  • Experiences: Trekking Poles - My tramping companions. - March 14th, 2009
    Every tramper knows what trekking poles are. But even though many are aware of their existence, not so many people use them. I didn’t use them in my early tramping days either. But then I gave them a try on one of my tramps and got totally addicted. It was a 4 days hike in the mountains, where I had to climb about 1000 meters and descend them afterwards, cross many creeks and one river, and many kilometers of rough terrain to conquer. Since it was a multiday hike I also had a fairly heavy ba...
  • News: WildFoods festival in Hokitika - March 12th, 2009
    On March 14, Hokitika will host its famous WildFoods festival. This year (2009) is festival’s twentieth anniversary! Every year the mysterious aromas of exotic food attract thousands of people to this festival. Visitors are going to watch an exotic food fans swallow crickets, chew on huhu grubs, struggle with sheep eyes and eat bull penis sausages. All these are cooked from fresh produce and are actually healthy food. And if exotic food is not enough for you then there will be a big party aft...
  • NZ Heritage: Mike's view on Haka copyright - March 3rd, 2009
    I received a very interesting comment on my last post regarding legal protection of Haka - Maori traditional dance. Mike McGawin from Windy Hilltops blog expressed a very interesting point of view on this issue. I would like to post Mike's comment as a separate post so more of my readers would notice it. Personally I tend to agree with many of what Mike says but not everything. I know it may not be the popular opinion (esp in NZ), but somehow this whole thing just feels wrong to me. Copyright i...
  • NZ Fauna: 111 years old father - February 27th, 2009
    My last article started with an ancient petrified jaw of tuatara, which was found lately, and in this article I will tell some really great news about currently living tuatara. Henry - the world’s oldest pangolin, a relic of the times of dinosaurs, who recently celebrated his 111th birthday - for the first time in his life became a father. Henry is a tuatara - reptile endemic to New Zealand. The typical lifespan of tuatara is between 50 to 100 years, reaching maturity in 20 years. However,...
  • NZ Flora: Purple Flowers - February 1st, 2009
    This is my first post after almost ten (!) days of silence. I had some personal issues that prevented me from writing, but now I am all good and ready to pick up right back from where I left. I decided to start with this photo of purple flowers taken at Auckland botanical garden on nice summer day.
  • Activities: Whatipu Beach - November 26th, 2008
    Whatipu is a remote beach located on the west coast of the Auckland Region. The whole area is a scientific reserve owned by the Department of Conservation. Personally I don't know what scientific activities are being done there, but what I do know that it is a very beautiful place. A magnificent area of coastal dunes and wetlands, and also the breeding ground for some of New Zealand's endangered species, so the dogs are not permitted at Whatipu. Gibbons Track. Photo by Greg Brave. The be...

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