New Zealand

Third official state language of New Zealand found in Kaitaia

A sign greets the visitors upon arrival to Kaitaia. In Māori, English and a third language, unknown, but strangely familiar.

 

Welcoming sign in Maori, English and... Dalmatian, Kaitaia, New Zealand

Welcoming sign in Maori, English and... Dalmatian, Kaitaia, New Zealand

After some reading and asking around, we found out that  READ MORE »

Sandboarding on Te Paki dunes

Sandboarding does not look like an activity, at least remotely capable of raising the adrenaline level.
Until you see the size of Te Paki dunes.

 

Sandboarders looking forward to slide down the giant Te Paki sand dune, near Cape Reinga, New Zealand

Sandboarders looking forward to slide down the giant Te Paki sand dune, near Cape Reinga, New Zealand  READ MORE »

The Supertoilet

Can't believe I'm posting already a second photograph of the toilet during only two months.
But this one's is equally good as the previous. By Friedensreich Hundertwasser.

 

Interior of Hundertwasser toilets, probably the most photographed in the world, Kawakawa, New Zealand

Interior of Hundertwasser toilets, probably the most photographed in the world, Kawakawa, New Zealand  READ MORE »

Z-z-z-zorbing. Wait, how many teeth was I supposed to have?

Probably more than anything else, New Zealanders like to challenge themselves in various ways. Like bungy jumping off the unimaginable heights.
One more of the ingenious inventions is zorbing.

 

Zorb rolling down the mountain, near Rotorua, New Zealand

Zorb rolling down the mountain, near Rotorua, New Zealand

Stuff yourself inside the huge plastic ball, add water and some more  READ MORE »

Jesus tribal Christ

Quite an unusual fusion of cultures, religion and symbolism, as viewed from inside of Christian church.

 

Jesus Christ walks on water clad in Maori cape, Rotorua, New Zealand

Jesus Christ walks on water clad in Maori cape, Rotorua, New Zealand  READ MORE »

Mudding capital of the world

New Zealand is located exactly on a junction of Pacific and Australian tectonic plates.
Therefore, seismic processes are very common. Volcanic activity, earthquakes, tsunamis and landslides are no wonder to locals.
In places like Rotorua, crust of the Earth is thin, allowing plenty of thermal areas to occur.

 

Wooden platform for viewing thermal activities, near Rotorua, New Zealand

Wooden platform for viewing thermal activities, near Rotorua, New Zealand

They say it's good for skin to apply some of  READ MORE »

At least there's no VAT on fines

Did I say they are relaxed in New Zealand?
Well, at least not in Auckland.
Parked the rental car on Sunday morning in a restricted area, just to find an infringement notice half an hour later.
Boy, these officers are fast. Probably they get a commission off each ticket, as in London.
In any case, 40 dollars went down the drain.

 

Infringement notice for parking the vehicle in a restricted area, Auckland, New Zealand

Infringement notice for parking the vehicle in a restricted area, Auckland, New Zealand  READ MORE »

Syndicate content