By Bette Flagler
Written by way of a local New Zealander, this advisor covers each zone and city, with in-depth info at the Maori tradition, the striking areas to stick and devour, winery excursions, cooking faculties, thermal springs, albatross and whale encounters, scenic drives, and extra. Canoe the Whanganui River, journey in a scorching air balloon, hike the Waikaremoana song, discover Whirikana wooded area Park, take a glacier journey. There s even a bit on easy methods to speak Kiwi English! colour pictures, maps and an intensive index.
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If you don’t want to carry a whole book, pick up a copy of the laminated, fold-up poster that lists the most common trees. Crowe also wrote, Which Native Fern and Which Native Forest Plant. All are worthwhile and go into much more depth than I possibly have room for here. Beech forest is the predominant forest type in New Zealand, followed by podocarp. The beech comes in several species, including the silver, red, black, and mountain. As you get higher in the mountains, the leaf size and height of the trees gets smaller – the silver beech for example, is found at lower elevations, reaches heights up to 30 meters (98 feet) and diameter up to three meters (10 feet); the mountain beech grows to 22 meters (71 feet) and diameter of one meter (just over three feet).
The call of the kiwi, heard at night, sounds much like a screeching baby – it can wake you up with a start from a sound sleep. Rather defenceless, these birds are threatened and most often seen in a kiwi nocturnal house, designed to be dark during daylight hours. Many visitors spot a weka and mistakenly believe they’ve seen a kiwi. It’s an easy mistake, as weka are about the same size as a large kiwi and similar in color. Kiwi tend to be more on the brown side, though, whereas weka are a reddish-brown.
Many hotels and motels provide 110 volt, 20 watt and AC sockets for electric razors, but bring a voltage transformer if you plan to use a hairdryer or the like. n Flight time from Los Angeles: about 11 hours n Language: English and Te Reo Maori are the official languages. About one quarter of the Maori population living in New Zealand speak Te Reo Maori (around half of those under the age of 25) but virtually all speak English as well. 5% Asian. com. The Basics n When to Go When you visit depends very much on what you want to do once you’re here.
Adventure Guide New Zealand by Bette Flagler