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Amidst the turquoise waters of the Great Barrier Reef lie 74 marvelous gems of nature, collectively known as the Whitsunday Islands. Located off the coast of Queensland, these tropical islands are one of the most alluring travel destinations of Australia. Majority of the Islands are designated as Marine and National Parks, which are home to a wide variety of terrestrial and aquatic animals along with a range of exotic underwater flora.

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In 1770, Captain James Cook sailed through the east coast of Australia, and mistaking the day to be the 7th Sunday after Easter, named the passage as the Whitsunday Passage. This is how the Islands supposedly got their name. The Ngaro, aboriginal people of the Islands, have left cave paintings at different sites all over the islands, which represent and reflect the history of the place. [click to continue…]

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Auckland, “The City of Sails”

by Jivi on October 17, 2012

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Being New Zealand’s largest city, Auckland is a major tourist-drawer, with all its magnificent scenery and places of interests. It is located in the North Island and is the most populated metropolis in the country with a population of 1.38 million.

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It is dubbed as the “City of Sails” because of the numerous yachts you will see docked on its harbor. According to records, more than 60,000 of the nation’s 150,000 yachtsmen are from the Auckland region. It is home to several sailing clubs and hosts several nautical events every year. [click to continue…]

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Discover New Zealand’s South Island

October 3, 2012

The South Island of New Zealand has become one of the most popular tourist destinations due to its various natural attractions — magnificent fjords, splendid beaches, breath-taking glacier-carved mountain ranges, and diverse flora and fauna. South Island is known for its adventure tourism, where the bold and daring can try bungee jumping, glacier climbing, skiing, […]

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Waiheke Island, New Zealand

June 14, 2012

Waiheke is an island in New Zealand , about 18 km from Auckland removed. She is on the Great Barrier Island is the second largest island in the Hauraki Gulf . The heavily indented island is 92 square kilometers in size, its east-west extent is 19.25 km, while the north-south extension makes up only 9.65 […]

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Dunedin, New Zealand

June 6, 2012

Dunedin is the second largest city in the South Island of New Zealand and also the capital of Otago . The name Dunedin is the Anglicized form of Scottish Gaelic name Dùn Èideann for Edinburgh and represent means city on the hill . As a default eight populous city in the country is classified as […]

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Napier, New Zealand

June 6, 2012

Napier is a coastal city in the Hawke Bay on the North Island of New Zealand . With over 56,000 inhabitants, 14 th largest city in New Zealand is the capital of the region, Hawke’s Bay and is considered an independent city-district administers. Together with about ten kilometers südlicherem Hastings it is the fifth largest […]

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