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The Lone Tree

The Lone Tree

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The beach of Aitutaki

Captain James Cook discovered a chain of islands just northwest of New Zealand and named them, aptly, the Cook Islands.  The most beautiful of all of these islands is definitely Aitutaki, which, ironically, was not discovered by Cook, but by William Bligh in 1789, just a few days before the now famous mutiny on the H.M.S. Bounty. 

This tiny island is perfect for a nice quiet vacation.  Aitutaki is the home to absolutely beautiful beaches, a 30-mile reef, and a large tropical jungle area.  This makes the island perfect for snorkeling and diving in the pristine waters, lying on the sand of pristine beaches, or hiking through beautiful jungle. 

The best times to travel to this island are from November to February.  This pristine paradise is a wonderful getaway for those looking to escape the fast-paced lifestyle of the modern day.

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The natural beauty of Fiordland National Park

Although the Great Barrier Reef, our previous entry, may be amazing, most New Zealanders, or Kiwis, believe that the Milford Sound and Doubtful Sound in Fiordland National Park on the Southern Island of the country.  Ever since Captain Cook discovered the site, it has been attracting attention for its natural beauty. 

The park is famous for the multitude of amazing fiords that rise up out of the south-western sea coast.  The ten mile-long bay is rimmed by sharp granite cliffs, some as high as 4,000 feet.  There are also a number of waterfalls cascading from the top of the fiords.  Wildlife is everywhere around the park.  Bottlenose dolphins play in the inlet.  Many different seal and bird species call the park home.  During the spring time crested penguins nest in the park as well. 

The clear waters of the sound are also perfect for photography, and boating.   Swimming is acceptable, but may be a bit cold if not done during the warm summer months.  The Milford Sound is also considered the finest hike in all the world.  The four-day, 32-mile path is a great hike for all nature lovers.  The entire area is very scenic and popular for Kiwi vacations.  Despite all of this, it seems to be hidden away from the rest of the world, so finding solitude is very easy. 

There is always the chance of a downpour, but even rainy days have a captivating beauty.  There are number of boat tours always available, so there is never a bad time to travel here.

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