Chatham Islands Hot Ticket for Travel-Starved

“The coronavirus pandemic has decimated the travel industry,” Lilit Marcus writes for CNN, “But there’s one place on the planet where there are too many tourists right now: the Chatham Islands.”

“As New Zealand’s borders remain mostly closed and locals are advised to not travel overseas at this time, the Chathams have become 2020’s hottest getaway for [mainlanders],” Marcus writes.

“Normally, tourism season lasts from about November to March. But now, all on-island accommodation is booked solid through June 2021.

“The Chathams’ remoteness usually makes it a part of the country that New Zealanders never get around to visiting. Now, that remoteness is an advantage, with travel-starved Kiwis turning to the islands as a way to feel like they’re on a far-off holiday without having to quarantine or take a Covid test.”

Original article by Lilit Marcus, CNN, November 10, 2020.

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The New York Times Sends the World to Northland

The New York Times Sends the World to Northland

In Northland, “cultural lessons await, as do hot springs where visitors can recharge body and soul,” according to Daniel Scheffler writing for The New York Times. The region is included in…