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Published on May 29th, 2018 | by admin

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Unusual Things to See and Do in New Zealand

If you’re interested in a having a holiday with a difference, try out these off-the-beaten path attractions when you’re headed to New Zealand.

The excellent internet connections all over the country will ensure you can post your selfies alongside the unusual sites and sounds, and the first-rate live AFL betting has to offer means you may well be able to make back what your trip cost you!

Have Some Fantasy-Fun in Hobbiton

Even before it got retrofitted with Hobbit Holes for the Peter Jackson film adaptations of the Tolkien books, this sheep farm was the perfect stand in for the fictional Shire. While most of the Holes are fenced off, there is one specifically designed for tourists to enter and explore.

The Waitomo Glowworm Caves

In the 1800s, an English surveyor, Fred Mace, and a local Maori Chief, Tane Tinorau, explored the Waitomo Caves, entering the system on a small raft where a stream makes its way underground. In the darkness they noticed star-like lights scattered across the rock formations above them, and the pair made many subsequent explorations.

They eventually found a land entrance, the same one you will make use of today should you pay these caves a visit. Tourism started up in around 1889, with Tinorau and his wife leading the visitors through the magical underground caves, and today many of the guides are direct descendants of the chief and his partner. The fungus gnats, as they are less poetically known, still glow just as beautifully as they did back then.

The Milford Sound

Ancient clams, a plethora of waterfalls, and dolphins make the Milford Sound one of the most sought-after tourist destinations outdoors not just in New Zealand, but the whole world round!

Located off the coast, in the Tasman Sea, the huge granite cliffs soar up to 3 900 feet or more, and then plunge 300 — 500 feet below the water’s surface. The mountainous structures were carved by glaciers thousands of years ago, and today make up the fjords of the Milford Sound.

Some of the world’s most unique fauna and flora can be found here, with ancient clams, known as brachiopods officially, buried beneath the floor. Because they have had no need to evolve for more than 300 million years, they offer you the chance to take a step back in time and view what the creatures that inhabited the earth before we made an appearance looked like! The world’s biggest population of black coral trees also make their home beneath the surface of the water.

Dolphins, Fur Seals, and Fiordland Crested Penguins also play in these waters, and, if you’re lucky, you may even be able to spot the occasional whale wandering in from the Tasman Sea. Dolphins frolic alongside the Cruise Ships covering the Milford Sound, showing off for the guests, no doubt, and rafts of penguins pop in and out of the water while the fur seals sunbathe on the low rocks.


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