Archive for the 'Nature' Category

New Zealand: Gordonton – Zealong Tea Estate

Tuesday, January 28th, 2020

You can visit the Zealong Tea Estate in New Zealand, walk the sculpture walk, take a tea tour, sip tea in the tea house of, of course, shop in the tea retail shop.

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New Zealand: Auckland – Big Belly Solar Rubbish Bin in Auckland, NZ

Tuesday, January 28th, 2020

How cool is this? A rubbish bin which also compacts the garbage and tells the contractor when it’s full. So they know when to come and empty it. We could learn from the Kiwis.

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New Zealand: Eastern Beach, Auckland – Birds and Beach, New Zealand

Tuesday, January 7th, 2020

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Wherever you are in New Zealand, you are never far from a beach or birds. Here, the birds are the only ones enjoying Eastern Beach.

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New Zealand: Auckland Domain – A Street Named Stanley

Tuesday, January 7th, 2020

When your name is Stanley, it’s a bit of a thrill to have a street named after you…This one is in Auckland, New Zealand.

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US: Rocky Mountains – – Flying West to San Francisco

Monday, December 30th, 2019

Rocky mountains and glacier lakes are always thrilling to see from the window of an airplane.

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New Zealand: Auckland Domain – Auckland’s Sky Tower

Monday, December 30th, 2019

The Sky Tower in Auckland, NZ is the tallest freestanding structure in the Southern hemisphere. It sits at the corner of Victoria and Federal Streets and is 328 metres (1,076 ft) tall.

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New Zealand: Waitakere – The Kauri trees of New Zealand

Tuesday, December 24th, 2019

The Kauri trees are endangered so it’s really special when you can go into a forest and see quite of few very old ones. The Arataki Visitor Centre goes to great lengths to preserve and protect them. You can climb up a high trail and see then at the top reaching for the sky. The circular cluster is called The Cathedral.

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New Zealand: Waitakere – Ferns of New Zealand

Tuesday, December 24th, 2019

In the trails outside the Arataki Visitor Centre in Waitakere NZ, you can get lost in the sea of ferns.

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New Zealand: Waitakere – New Zealand’s Silver Fern

Tuesday, December 24th, 2019

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The silver fern has been a symbol of New Zealand since the 1880s. To Maori, the shape of the fronds stood for strength, resistance, and power. To other New Zealanders, it’s exemplifies their homeland as it grows throughout the country from the North Island down to the coast of the South Island. It is the most abundant of all ferns in New Zealand. You can find it on all kinds of souvenirs. We bought sports socks with ferns on them as a momento of New Zealanders who enjoy lots of physical activity. 

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New Zealand: Waitakere -Arataki Visitor Centre

Tuesday, December 24th, 2019

You can take quiet walks in Waitakere’s Arataki Visitor Centre. These steps lead up and up and up to the treetop Cathedral of ancient Kauri trees. Worth the walk.

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