Packing a Punch

New Zealand is one of those countries that packs an enormous amount into a relatively small package. It’s unpretentious, despite its wonderful portfolio of natural treasures that range from the semi-tropical tip of North Island to the British-like climes at the foot of South Island. We unwound from our flight with a day trip to the island of Tiritiri Matangi — a two-hour ferry trip north of Auckland’s city core. On a glorious sunny day, we spent several hours crossing the island, steadily ticking off our sightings of rare birds. After a fruitless search through the undergrowth, we headed to the small volunteer-run cafe for our tea and sandwiches. It was there that we found the takahe, scrounging fearlessly beneath the tables. Every so often, a volunteer would emerge from inside the cafe to direct a raucous warning — Don’t feed the takahe!”


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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…