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Reaching Out to the World from New Zealand

If you've never been to New Zealand I'm not surprised. It's a small country, with less than four and a half million people. But those of us who live here like it that way. We take for granted the green open spaces, the rivers, lakes and mountains and of course the beaches. Probably one of the tourist attractions we're best known for is the activity in the thermal region, along with the Maori culture in the same region.

We're in the height of summer here in New Zealand right now, a very hot one, and everyone is out enjoying the outdoor life, swimming, surfing, fishing, boating and cycling. Outdoor adventure is one of our major tourist attractions, with bungy jumping and jet boating high on the list of things to do. For those who enjoy walking and tramping, there are well developed walkways through an amazing array of countryside. Fishing is also popular, in rivers, lakes and surf.

Of course, there are plenty of other less active things to do while you're on holiday here, there's no shortage of things to choose from. As I set out on my writing journey on this site I hope to introduce you to many of the wonderful things that make New Zealand a desirable tourist location. In the meantime, this is simply taster of what is to come. #NewZealand

Image Credit » Queen Charlotte Sounds, New Zealand, copyright Val Mills, 2009

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CoralLevang wrote on January 18, 2015, 7:33 PM

valmnz I was introduced to New Zealand when I met a Kiwi military pilot back in 1980 while I was stationed in Hawaii. He taught me how to drive a stick shift more effectively, and make pavlova, though there was more prebaked on the walls and ceiling! That's a story for another time over a glass of wine. ;) I hope to have the opportunity to visit your beautiful country.

valmnz wrote on January 18, 2015, 7:45 PM

Hmmm, having once gone out with an air force fellow, this brought a smile to my face. I'm honestly an expert pav maker emoticon :smile:

CoralLevang wrote on January 18, 2015, 7:55 PM

I should probably have you teach me. I remember very little about the pavlova. ;)

VinceSummers wrote on January 18, 2015, 9:17 PM

New Zealand, methinks, is something of an unknown in the U.S. We're used to Canada, England, and Australia, but New Zealand is less familiar.

DDS1 wrote on January 18, 2015, 9:43 PM

I would love to visit but don't think I'd enjoy the zillion hour flight from Canada. emoticon :smile:

valmnz wrote on January 18, 2015, 10:48 PM

Which is why I often write about it in my writing sites emoticon :smile:

valmnz wrote on January 18, 2015, 10:48 PM

I'm inclined to agree with you on that one!

Dawnwriter wrote on January 18, 2015, 11:45 PM

Hello and a warm welcome to PP. I was Justascribbler on Bubblews and enjoyed reading your posts there. I hope you have fun writing here and I would definitely love to read more about New Zealand and cricket world cup being hosted there.

valmnz wrote on January 18, 2015, 11:52 PM

Whoops, does that mean I have to watch the cricket. That's the sport where they hit the ball with a bat isn't it emoticon :smile:

Quinbe wrote on January 19, 2015, 4:18 AM

I can feel the touching from NZ - a long stretch and reach - happy writings Val

CalmGemini wrote on January 19, 2015, 4:53 AM

Beautiful photo.Awaiting more posts and photos about Switzerland from you in days to come.

valmnz wrote on January 19, 2015, 5:00 AM

Thanks Lany, I'm getting the hang of things here slowly.

valmnz wrote on January 19, 2015, 5:01 AM

Not sure about Switzerland as I've never been there emoticon :smile: but definitely New Zealand!

CalmGemini wrote on January 19, 2015, 5:17 AM

Sorry I did mean New Zealand.I was reading about a post about Swiss Franc.Hence the slip.

bestwriter wrote on February 1, 2015, 8:54 AM

Our tour of New Zealand took us to all the places that a tourist should see, including the Milford Sound. I particularly liked South New Zealand with those grazing sheep.

valmnz wrote on February 1, 2015, 11:43 PM

Oh, the sheep! Ten million of them and only four and a half million people. I've never been to Milford Sound!

bestwriter wrote on February 2, 2015, 12:00 AM

I was thrilled to see those sheep particularly because we had learn about New Zealand and their pastures.