New Zealanders are mighty proud of Tiritiri. They should be. Through the dedication and toil of volunteers, the tiny island has become a thriving wildlife sanctuary for native and endangered birds. It’s a birdwatcher’s paradise for getting up close and personal with birds like the sweet little fantail and the cheeky, light-beaked takahe. Tiritiri Island sits in… Continue reading Tiritiri Matangi Island
Kia ora New Zealanders have a particularly irreverent sense of humor. When people take themselves too seriously, Kiwis love nothing more than “taking the Mickey”—making fun of someone, in a (usually) gentle way. Kiwis are also the first to make fun of themselves, and they love making up words to make the language just that… Continue reading New Zealand Humor
Kia ora Even if you don’t follow rugby, you’ve probably seen a video of the haka performed by New Zealand’s All Blacks synthroid tablets buy online. The haka is the traditional war cry or dance of the Māori people of New Zealand. Although it was originally used by warriors to terrify their opponents, it’s now… Continue reading New Zealand Māori
Auckland Sky Tower At first, people hated it. Now, nearly twenty years on, it’s become the iconic landmark that defines Auckland’s skyline. At 1076 feet at its tip, the Sky Tower is the tallest building in the southern hemisphere. It has restaurants, bars and cafes, and a casino where you can lose lots of cash.… Continue reading Auckland Sky Tower
Earthquake! Christchurch, New Zealand No place in New Zealand was less likely to be struck down by an earthquake than the garden city of Christchurch. And, yet, stuck down it was. On February 22, 2011, a quake that measured 6.3 on the Richter scale collapsed buildings, turned the soil into liquid, and took the lives… Continue reading Earthquake!