December 2016

Outdoor activities around Aoraki Mount Cook, Lake Ohau and Lake Tekapo, New Zealand

View onto Mt. Cook from the road leading to Aoraki Mount Cook National Park.

The Mackenzie Basin encompasses the three lakes Ohau, Pukaki and Tekapo. The area is one of New Zealand's most popular tourist destinations. In addition to undisturbed nature, it offers a plethora of outdoor activities including hiking, kayaking, mountain biking, skiing and horse trekking.

For the advanced alpinist, mountaineering and ice climbing are possible, while the romantic soles can relax in hot tubs and enjoy star lit nights free from light pollution.
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Watching wildlife in Dunedin, New Zealand

Royal Albatross at the Ontago Peninsula in Dunedin, New Zealand.

Dunedin is the second largest city on New Zealand's South Island and home to the world's only continental albatross colony. During the gold rush in the 1860s it was even the wealthiest City in New Zealand.

Why to go there

For the avid bird lover, the albatross colony is a must. For everybody else, Dunedin offers plenty of opportunities to watch seals as well as blue and yellow-eyed penguins. For the active traveler, the Silver Peaks circuit offers a 2-3 days hike and the city beaches offer plenty of surfing opportunities.
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Oamaru, Moeraki Boulders and Shag point

4 million years old spherical boulders lying along the Koekohe Beach on the Otago coast of New Zealand.

Oamaru, Moeraki and Shag point lie between Christchurch and Dunedin on the east coast of New Zealand's south island.

Why should you go there

As with the Catlins and Dunedin, you are passing by while on the way from Christchurch to Fiordland. So take a break from driving and enjoy the rugged coast line, its wildlife, the famous Moeraki Boulders and one of the most bizarre museums on the planet.
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