Three Ways to See NZ

Three travel articles on NZ appeared in North American newspapers this month, each offering a different way to experience Aotearoa. Pittsburgh Post-Gazette writer Naomi Koppel chose to tramp around the South Island, taking in “one breathtaking vista after another”, from Abel Tasman National Park (pictured) to Stewart Island. The Vancouver Sun’s Cheryl Thiessen took the brave step of cycling through Northland, home to the steepest, narrowest and most undulating roads in the country. The beauty of the area and the unexpected kindness of strangers more than compensated for any discomfort along the way, and Thiessen plans to return for a bike tour of the South Island. Finally, Glenn Adams took the plunge for USA Today, braving “The Ledge” bungee jump in Queenstown. “Terror is a tsunami of an adrenaline rush that washes through your body when your feet leave the platform and you begin your free-fall,” he writes. “… Fear is something else. For me, it was the fear I felt of getting on the plane headed back home if I didn’t jump and hearing that little voice saying over and over, ‘coulda, shoulda, woulda.’ I’ll take terror, thank you.”


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