“The Waitomo Caves were like nowhere else on earth. The rock formations and glowworms were breathtaking, and the guides added that unique kiwi charm and humor.” - Steve Lindsey, Commander Spaceshuttle Discovery.
The Discovery crew spent the equivalent of 365 days in space on a range of missions including launching satellites, working on the Hubble Telescope and carrying materials to the international space station in orbit 400km above Earth. The space station travels at 28,000km/h orbiting the planet six times a day – so one can only assume they were quite capable of handling the 100 metre Abseil (rappel) into Waitomo’s Lost World.
In June as the ski season draws to a close in Europe and North America and summer in South East Asia starts to heat up, its time to adventure down to ice cool New Zealand’s South Island and enjoy our exhilarating New Zealand skiing pristine powder paradise. If you really want diversity when carving up the white stuff, it is here you will undoubtedly experience heaven. The island is dominated by the Southern Alps peaking at 3000m and running 500k along almost its length. These are the backbone of the island and contain more than 360 glaciers and with a season that lasts to November this makes the skiing boarding possibilities limitless.
Australian English is also referred to as “Strine” The word derives from saying the word “Australian” through clenched teeth – a local accent that some scholars claim arose from the need to try and keep ones mouth closed when speaking, in order to keep the flies out…….
A lake at the top of New Zealand’s South Island has some of the clearest water in the world, a study has found. The water is considered almost as “optically clear” as distilled water.
Niwa aquatic optics specialist Rob Davies-Colley said it was highly significant that the clarity of the water in the lake was close to pure water.