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2014-07-18 23:05:16

Active Adventures New Zealand has been offering New Zealand hiking trips for two decades, and the jewel in the crown is the Ultimate South Island Adventure ‘Rimu’ trip. Since 1995, more than 5,000 travellers have joined the ‘Rimu’ adventure tour to hike, bike and kayak through parks, valleys, bays and backroads. Queenstown, Otago (PRWEB) July 18, 2014 Leading adventure tour operator, Active Adventures, mark a milestone as they celebrate 20 years of small group adventure tours....

New Zealand's Aoraki Mackenzie Named World's Largest International Dark Sky Reserve
2012-06-10 03:00:04

Over 1,600 square miles of New Zealandʼs South Island have just been proclaimed as an International Dark Sky Reserve, making it the largest in the world. The Aoraki Mackenzie International Dark Sky Reserve (IDSR), comprised of the Aoraki/Mt. Cook National Park and the Mackenzie Basin, is the fourth such dark sky reserve in the world. International Dark-Sky Associationʼs Executive Director Bob Parks remarks, “The new reserve is coming in at a...

2012-05-29 23:03:17

A new office building development in Nelson, New Zealand has selected LightingShowroom.com to supply lighting fixtures by Hinkley for the project. Rosemary Wickowski, CEO of LightingShowroom said, "The Nelson project is a great project to work on and we are happy to have been selected as the supplier. We ship internationally regularly but New Zealand is a favorite destination for us. They are doing interesting projects there and the people are wonderful to work with. We are supplying the...

2011-04-15 07:54:00

LOS ANGELES, April 15, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- National Plan A Vacation Week - http://www.planavacationweek.com - features New Zealand vacations where visitors will find pristine beauty, deeply carved ravines and trek paths encircling the glorious Milford Sound. Marvel at the same unspoiled inlets as Captain Cook did when he sailed past these captivating fjords in 1774. Today travelers to New Zealand will find well-trained guides, bungee enthusiasts, uncrowded vast mountain chains, and a rich...

2010-12-22 00:01:39

Christchurch Airport's new multimedia design experience provides travellers with a virtual South Island journey. The new virtual experience opens tomorrow, showcasing the South Island as it has never been seen before. (Vocus/PRWEB) December 22, 2010 Passengers arriving on international flights will, as of this week, be treated to an explosion of sensory experiences as they travel through the terminal from their air bridge to collect their luggage. Christchurch International Airport Ltd...

2010-12-14 00:51:07

New research indicates that the speed of early forest clearance following human colonisation of the South Island of New Zealand was much faster and more intense than previously thought. Charcoal recovered from lake-bed sediment cores show that just a few large fires within 200 years of initial colonization destroyed much of the South Island's lowland forest. Grasslands and shrubland replaced the burnt forest and smaller fires prevented forests from returning. The findings - by an...

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2009-08-05 14:24:51

New Zealand is the site of one of the world's youngest subduction zones, where the Pacific Plate of Earth's crust dives beneath the Australian Plate. Now, a University of Utah study shows how water deep underground helps the subduction zone mature and paves the way for it to generate powerful earthquakes.The study in the Aug. 6 issue of the journal Nature "expands our understanding of the sources of earthquake failure," says Phil Wannamaker, the study's main author and a geophysicist at the...

2009-04-21 14:46:53

The New Zealand Geographic Board says it wants to make the names of the country's North and South Islands official and find new Maori names for the islands. Don Grant, chairman of the geographic board, said the body discovered while searching for Maori names for the islands that their English names have never been made official, The Dominion Post reported Tuesday. Interestingly, while researching this issue, we noted that 'North Island' and 'South Island' are actually not official names under...

2009-03-05 17:47:50

A man who discovered at age 57 that he had been switched at birth with another baby in a New Zealand hospital says he feels lucky to have two mothers. Fred George, who now lives in Massachusetts, flew to New Zealand this week to surprise his birth mother, Helen Churchman, on her 82nd birthday, the (Dunedin, New Zealand) Otago Daily Times reported. George and Jim Churchman, born Christmas Eve 1946 in the same hospital in Dunedin, somehow got assigned to the wrong mothers. Both sometimes...

2008-10-13 21:00:26

Re-bottlenecks push up power prices (Oct 4), the reason the power has to return to the South Island in winter is that the lakes have been lowered in February, March and April to supply cheap power to he North Island. Normally this is a low rainfall period, and therefore the storage should be left in the lakes to generate power over winter. Depletion of the storage results in the South Island being unable to generate sufficient for its needs in winter, hence the need for the north to return...


Latest South island Reference Libraries

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2006-02-20 11:14:38

The Yellow-eyed Penguin (Megadyptes antipodes), sometimes referred to as Hoiho, is a penguin found in New Zealand, on the south-east coast of South Island, Foveaux Strait and Stewart Island/Rakiura, and Auckland and Campbell Islands. This is a medium-sized penguin with pale yellow eyes. It grows to approximately 65cm and the average weight for an adult is 5-6 kilograms. It has a pale yellow head with black feather shafts. There is a band of bright yellow running from its eyes around the...

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2006-02-20 10:42:27

The Fiordland Penguin (Eudyptes pachyrhynchus) is a penguin found in New Zealand. It breeds along the coast and on islands off the Fiordland coast (i.e. south-west of the South Island) as well as on Stewart Island/Rakiura. This is a medium-sized, yellow-crested, black-and-white penguin which can grow up to approximately 60cm. It has dark, bluish-grey upperparts with a darker head, and white underparts. It has a broad, yellow eyebrow-stripe which extends over the eye and drops down the...

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Word of the Day
cenobite
  • One of a religious order living in a convent or in community; a monk: opposed to anchoret or hermit (one who lives in solitude).
  • A social bee.
This word comes from the Latin 'coenobium,' convent, which comes from the Greek 'koinobios,' living in community.
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