Are there snakes in New Zealand?
The title says it all, are there snakes in New Zealand? The short answer is NO, there are no native species of snakes living in the New Zealand wilderness. Read along for the more complicated and longer answer. While it is true that New Zealand does not have native land snakes, it has sea snakes that can travel long distances, even all the way from Australia and the smaller islands of South Pacific. The yellow-bellied sea snake and banded sea krait are both poisonous and potentially dangerous to humans and animals. Majority of sea snakes, or the Elapidae family are poisonous. A close relative for the sea snake would be the more commonly known Cobra. The scientific name of the banded sea krait is Laticauda colubrina and the yellow-bellied is called Pelamis platurus. Luckily both sea snake species are very rare, and it is not likely you will encounter either of them in nature in New Zealand. Because New Zealand has never had a snake population, the local wildlife would be very vulnerable against them. That is the reason why the authorities are very strict about snakes, and proceed to eliminate the threat as soon as possible. Sometimes snakes find their way into New Zealand accidentally in […]
New Zealand Lord of the Rings
Everyone knows that the Lord of the Rings was filmed entirely in New Zealand. Read more about the real locations that were used in the film trilogy.
Rotorua is a city on the North Island in New Zealand. The city is famous for being the cultural center of the the Maori people. The city has been built around a lake also known as Rotorua. The city is mostly on the southern side of the lake with some 57.000 citizens. The biggest industry in Rotorua is tourism and here are some of the well-known attractions. Tamaki Maori Village If you are unfamiliar with the Maori culture and history, the Tamaki village is excellent place to visit. There are several activities, cultural shows and the highlight of the night is the Hangi dinner. This is typically an organized tour so book in advance with some of the operators around the area. Te Puia geysirs and mud pools The scenery around Te Puia is very unusual and the geysir “shows” are nothing short of amazing. The geysirs go off quite regularly, usually every hour. Te Puia also has a wealth of Maori culture information. Be sure to catch the Haka performance. Redwoods, Whakarewarewa Forest The trees in the Wakarewarewa forest are so tall that you might fall over trying to catch a glimpse of the top. The redwood forest is an amazing […]
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