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Top Tourist Attractions in the North Island New Zealand
Alex
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Alex Bayes
Our little country packs quite a punch for its size -­ around every corner you’ll find diverse culture, unbelievable landscapes and colorful history – so we’ve handpicked the top tourist attractions in the North Island to give you a hand planning the most unforgettable New Zealand adventure.  
Alex
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Alex Bayes

Fiordland National Park
Kirst Thorp
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Kirsten Thorp

Famous world-­over for its untouched natural environment, it’s no surprise 10 out of 14 New Zealand national parks are found in the South Island. This is kiwi wilderness at its best; we’ve been obsessed with the hiking trails, lakes, mountains and beaches of the New Zealand National Parks – South Island for as long as we can remember. Below, we review what we think are their finest features – warning – after reading this, you may want to explore all of them.

Kirst Thorp
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Kirsten Thorp

An Introduction to New Zealand Animals (Part 2)
Steve Taylor
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Steve Taylor

We are often asked what animals can be seen when visiting New Zealand? Well, as we learned in ‘Part 1’ of the series, New Zealand was almost exclusively populated by birds both before and after humans settled. In this article - New Zealand Animals (Part 2), we look at our present day oceans and the marine mammals that call it home, introduced land-dwelling species and examine some of the more ancient creatures that still call New Zealand home.

Steve Taylor
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Steve Taylor

New Zealand Wildlife - Part 1:Birds
Steve Taylor
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Steve Taylor

When humans first arrived in New Zealand, no more than 900 years ago, birdsong and surf would have been the first noise they heard as they approached the lush forested islands - the land was almost exclusively populated by birds that make up the bulk of New Zealand wildlife. New Zealand's 80 million years of isolation, since breaking away from the super-continent of Gondwanaland, has allowed the evolution of nearly 200 species of birds and due to the absence of mammalian predators a high proportion of them were flightless – some of them grew into Giants - but what birds they are!

Steve Taylor
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Steve Taylor

New Zealand bird, smartest on planet
Brent Narbey
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Brent Narbey

The New Zealand Kea, the world's only alpine parrot is known as the 'Clown of the Alps' to South Islanders; and has recently been heralded as the world’s smartest bird (its intelligence rivals a monkey’s) says the Institute of Cognitive Biology in Vienna.

The cheeky Kea, so called by the call of 'ke-aa' ringing through the air is deeply evocative of New Zealand's Southern Alps. Kea (Nestor notabilis) are parrots and are infamous on our South Island tramping tracks for their insatiable (and deconstructive) inquisitiveness.

Brent Narbey
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Brent Narbey