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Friday Fun Facts-New Zealand

Since today is a public holiday in New Zealand (if you’re unsure of which major holiday I’m referring to, go over and check out my post on my Facebook page), I thought some Oceanic attention was due. So here are some Friday Fun Facts on one of those dreamlike destinations I would love to visit, that is if I can survive the flight!

-New Zealand’s North Island (the country is made up of a North and South Island) is home to the pohutukawa tree. December is when its bright red flowers bloom thus giving it the title of New Zealand’s Christmas tree.

Image via https://www.flickr.com/photos/possumgirlpics/

-New Zealand is home to some of the most incredible landscapes in the world including numerous glaciers, the most famous being the Franz Joseph and Fox on the South Island’s West Coast. They were created out of moving ice over thousands of years and are accessible to mountaineers and hikers.

Image via https://www.flickr.com/photos/piggley/

-The Cook Landing Site National Historic Reserve on Kaiti Beach Road in Gisborne marks the location where James Cook (the same Cook of the Cook Islands) first set foot on New Zealand soil. In 1768 Cook was offered the command of the HMS Endeavor by the British Admiralty to undertake a “discovery voyage” in the South Pacific. After leaving behind Tahiti, he embarked on sealed orders to find a “continent or land of great extent.”

Image via http://www.itravelnz.com/listing/captain-cooks-landing-site-4f13cba058700.html
Is New Zealand someplace you’d like to visit?

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4 Comments

  • Reply
    ama41
    April 25, 2014 at 6:09 pm

    The flight isn’t so bad. Take sleeping pills and a long layover in Fiji πŸ™‚

    • Reply
      Julie Tulba
      April 28, 2014 at 1:03 pm

      I have tried sleeping pills on many long flights and they never work for me! My mind is probably too wound up. But the long layover in Fiji sounds perfect though!

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    Rebecca
    April 26, 2014 at 8:42 am

    ANZAC day is a significant holiday here in Oz and in NZ. The dawn service is popular, and next year we head into 100 years since the famous landing on Gallipoli. Its worth the experience if you ever plan on being in either country this time of year.

    • Reply
      Julie Tulba
      April 28, 2014 at 1:05 pm

      I would so love to attend something like that one day. I heard that the dawn service on ANZAC Day at Gallipoli is mobbed with visitors but can only imagine how much it will be next year. My goal is to visit a WWI battlefield at some point in the next four years for the centennial, we’ll see!

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