New Zealand Beaches
New Zealand being an island, by default the country is having a huge range of beautiful beaches. In fact, there are almost 10,000 miles of coastline in total when you combine the South Island and North Island. New Zealand is filled if beaches not only in quantity, but quality as well. You can find almost anything ranging from really hidden lagoons to rocky shores with black sand. Ninety Mile Beach The name of this beach is a bit misleading because the Ninety Mile Beach is actually “only” 64 (88 kilometers) miles. The beach is with golden colored sands and an excellent place for surfing. It is located on the Northern tip of the North Island, just west of Kaitaia. The northern sand dunes are a popular tourist spot for bodyboarding. If you plan on on visiting Ninety Mile Beach on your own, make sure you are driving a 4WD car because of the soft sand. Hot Water Beach Hot Water Beach gets it’s name from the geothermal activity that brings mineral rich water from the ground from two natural hot springs. In the southern end of the beach you can dig your own spa pool in the sand. You should be able to […]
The Māori Language
The Māori language is one of the official languages in New Zealand. It is spoken mostly by the indigenous people who are called Māori. The origin of the language traces back the Eastern Polynesian islands, where the Māori history can be traced back. In reality only some 30,000 people can speak the language fluently, but several words have made it into everyday use with all the people currently inhabiting New Zealand. The most famous expression would be the ubiquitous “Kia Ora” which can be translated as “hello, how are you”. Here’s a few more words and concepts to illustrate the rich vocabulary of the Māori people Awa = River Motu = Island Puke = Hill Wai = Water Whanga = Harbour Kia Ora = Hi Haere mai = Welcome Maunga = Mountain The Māori language represents a big part of the culture of New Zealand, yet many people fail to pronounce the words correctly. Despite many of the current inhabitants of New Zealand have ancestors from other countries, the people in general respect the language and the culture of the indigenous people. This is in stark contrast when compared for example against the neighboring Australia. It has been suggested that Australia was home to more […]
New Zealand Rabbits
What’s the first thing that comes to mind when you think of New Zealand Rabbits? Big white meat rabbit! Nothing surprising about that, as New Zealand rabbits are used in meat production more than any other single breed in the world. They are cute and adorable and make for lovely show animals. Children love New Zealand rabbits, which is why they are kept as pets in some households. So are New Zealand Rabbits from New Zealand? No, not at all – these rabbits are as American as apple pie. They were developed in California and have a very tenuous link to New Zealand. They are a large breed of rabbits and can weigh from 9 to 12 lbs. They are mostly used for meat and for their fur. New Zealand Rabbits History These rabbits were developed to meet the huge demand for meat and fur, during the early 20th century. They became especially popular in the US during the Great Depression of the late 1920s and early 1930s when hunger was so common in the country. Following World War 2, the breed made its way to the UK and later, to the rest of Europe. It is now a popular […]
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