Fabled Serenity Endures

Despite the tragedy of February’s catastrophic earthquake, New Zealand still delivers sublime travel experiences, writes Chris Leadbeater for The Independent. “Since 1884 [The Hermitage] has played a role as a lone token of man’s presence in the wilderness a stately institution trapped in the shadow of Mount Cook. I glance to my left. The great crag, the icon of New Zealand’s Southern Alps, glowers back imperiously. In spite of the summer sunshine draped across its broad shoulders, it looks — 12,316ft in stature, snow caked to its summit, clouds lingering on its jagged edges — a monster of winter. The serenity for which this untamed country is fabled is still here.”


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Stop and Wander Tokoroa’s Talking Poles

Stop and Wander Tokoroa’s Talking Poles

“Tokoroa uses public art to encourage tourists travelling between Hamilton and Taupo to stop and wander around,” online magazine and travel site Atlas Obscura writes about the North Island town of…