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September 27, 2010

Springtime in New Zealand

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White Island,New Zealand(Wikipedia,James Shook)
White Island, New Zealand (James Shook/Wikipedia)

While those in the northern hemisphere are preparing for autumn in October, in New Zealand it's mid-spring, the perfect season for exploration. The country is composed of two main islands, the North Island and the South Island. Keep the two main islands in mind when planning your holiday, as the North Island is a bit more subtropical than the temperate South Island.

North Island
You'll find plenty of ways to spend your New Zealand dollars on the North Island. It is home to New Zealand's largest city, Auckland, and the capital city of Wellington. Although this island is actually smaller than the South, it is more highly populated. But that doesn't mean you can't find places to escape, as both the amazing White Island and Rotorua are located here. The White Island is an active volcano of great scientific importance. You can visit it by boat, but be prepared; it is thought to be like walking on the moon once you arrive. Despite being an estimated 100,000 to 200,000 years old, you will still hear the rumbling and roaring of the volcano. This is because White Island is on an alert level rating of 1, indicating that she is active, steaming, and spewing ash. Rotorua is just as stunning but in an entirely different way, as it is a hotspot of geothermal activity found only minutes from the city center. At Kuirau Park you'll find this geothermal activity in the form of bubbling mud holes, steam vents, and warm foot pools. It's best to stay on the paths, as the ground can be quite unpredictable.

South Island
The larger South Island is just as exciting as the North. This island is home to Christchurch, and the oldest city in New Zealand, Dunedin. For a holiday in New Zealand with a difference, visit Fiordland. This area is often described as the sightseeing and walking capital of the world due to its great beauty and appeal. You'll understand when you see it; tumbling waterfalls, forested valleys, and sheer-sided fjords all contributing to a breathtaking experience.

Miles Bumphrey is a keen traveler and has extensive knowledge of all things travel related including destinations, exchange rates, and currency, including the New Zealand Dollars. He is a freelance writer and publishes his work on a number of blogs and websites.

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My 7 year old daughter and I will be traveling to New Zealand next year for the Rugby World Cup. We started a blog that shares our preparations, itinerary and eventually our experiences during our 39 day trip to New Zealand. We will be viewing White Island from shore only, no plan to visit with a tour of some kind. I am trying to get into the more remote areas, off the beaten track, while in New Zealand. Can't wait for our trip to begin!

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