Six Reasons Why I Am Afraid of Cows

Many of the hiking tracks here in New Zealand cross private land. That’s no big deal in itself, but the thing is that the private land is usually farmland, which means there’s stock on it. Sheep are no big deal, but I’m scared of the cows. Yes, that’s what I said. I’m scared of them. I really do tense up and get quite nervous when I have to walk through a field of cows.

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Ulva Island: How a Visit Here Turned Me Into a Birdwatcher

I wasn’t really interested in birds before I went to Ulva Island, and now I’m a dedicated birdwatcher! For just $20, you can take a ferry ride there and get picked up again a few hours later. There’s nothing on Ulva Island besides a small private property and a few walking tracks through beautiful forest, making it an incredibly peaceful place to spend some time.

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Illume Festival: Coromandel Town’s Winter Celebration Of Light

“We all have different taste in women!” the girl exclaimed. Of the three swimsuit lanterns we’d each chosen a different one as our favourite. From nearby we heard the band start up, and we went off to check out the live music, complete with swirling lasers and smoke machine. This was the Illume Festival of Light, when on two of the cold, long nights of winter, the normally quiet Coromandel Town came to life, with lights, lanterns, music, dancing and food.

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New Zealand Walks for Wimps: Rakaia Gorge Walkway

High above the river, the narrow path snaked along the rim of the gorge. The turbulent waters far below were an improbable shade of milky aquamarine, having come straight from glaciers. Trees clung precariously to the steep side of the cliff I was on, while on the opposite bank they lined the winding river, providing a barrier to the bright green fields lined with vibrant yellow flowers.

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