August 2, 2017

#TravelTuesday with Trafalgar quiz: Answer

Where in the world can Trafalgar take you? 


The fact that New Zealand has seven times as many sheep and three times as many cows as people should immediately intrigue you. Roughly the size of Japan but with only four million residents, it’s one of the world’s least-populated countries. 

But you’ll find far more fun and excitement in this adventure and nature capital than just sheep or cows. 

Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit fans, this is your opportunity to immerse yourself in a world of fantasy. Yes, Hobbiton is a real place! You can potter around the village in The Shire, have a drink in the Green Dragon, dance under the Party Tree and visit Bag End. 

Find Frodo.... Hobbiton                                                                                                                     Photo © Johnson
From fantasy to natural wonders, a must-see in New Zealand is the Waitomo Caves in the Waikato region. The caves are a favourite amongst local and visitors alike who flock here to see glow-worms (fireflies). The Waitomo River runs underground through the caves, which natural light cannot reach. Tourists take boat trips along the river, where there are so many of these tiny insects high above that it creates a night-sky effect.

Glow-worm night-sky, Waitomo Caves 
Another truly remarkable site to see is the Te Waikoropupu Springs in Golden Bay. These springs push out more fresh water than any other spring in the world, producing one to two billion litres of water a day. So much that the springs could provide enough drinking water to supply the entire population of New Zealand. Bonus bragging rights: the spring waters are the clearest natural water in the world outside of Antarctica – you can see an average of 63 metres when you look down through the water.

Crystal clear waters and culture in one spot
New Zealand is also known to be the only destination in the world that is home to Hector’s Dolphin, the smallest dolphin species in the world. Adult dolphins average about 1.4 metres in length, smaller than most adult humans. 

On land, join New Zealand’s “tramping” (walking or hiking) addicted locals in the great outdoors. Do not fear though, unlike neighbouring Australia New Zealand has almost no dangerous or poisonous critters. The only exception being the rare katipo spider, which has almost mythical status.

The Emerald Lakes, Tongariro Alpine Crossing!                                                                                Photo © Johnson
Adventure fanatics are also in for a treat. New Zealand hosted the first-ever bungee jump in 1998, a 43-metre leap from Queenstown’s Kawarau Bridge. So if leaping from vertigo-inducing heights with only a length of rubber tied to your ankles is your thing, why not try out bungee jumping where it originated?

Want to experience the best of New Zealand? See it from the inside with Trafalgar’s Best of New Zealand package.


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