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  • Places to Visit in New Zealand | Where to go in New Zealand | Rough Guides
    by colonial European and increasingly Asian cultures that together create a vibrant if understated urban life Given this stunning backdrop it s not surprising that there are boundless diversions ranging from strolls along moody windswept beaches and multi day tramps over alpine passes to adrenaline charged adventure activities such as bungy jumping skiing sea kayaking and whitewater rafting Some visitors treat the country as a large scale adventure playground aiming to tackle as many challenges as possible in the time available Much of the scenic drama comes from tectonic or volcanic forces as the people of Canterbury know only too well following the Christchurch earthquakes of September 4 2010 and February 22 2011 The quakes along with several thousand aftershocks collectively devastated the city which is slowly recovering Thousands of residents have left Christchurch but it remains the second largest city after Auckland just pushing the capital Wellington into third place Elsewhere you can travel many kilometres through stunning countryside without seeing a soul there are spots so remote that it s reliably contended no human has yet visited them Geologically New Zealand split away from the super continent of Gondwana early developing a unique ecosystem in which birds adapted to fill the role of mammals many becoming flightless because they had no predators That all changed about 800 years ago with the arrival of Polynesian navigators when the land they called Aotearoa the land of the long white cloud became the last major landmass to be settled by humans On disembarking from their canoes these Maori proceeded to unbalance the fragile ecosystem dispatching forever the giant ostrich sized moa which formed a major part of their diet The country once again settled into a fragile balance before the arrival of Pakeha white Europeans predominantly of British origin who swarmed off their square rigged ships full of colonial zeal in the mid nineteenth century and altered the land forever An uneasy coexistence between Maori and European societies informs the current wrangles over cultural identity land and resource rights The British didn t invade as such and were to some degree reluctant to enter into the 1840 Treaty of Waitangi New Zealand s founding document which effectively ceded New Zealand to the British Crown while guaranteeing Maori hegemony over their land and traditional gathering and fishing rights As time wore on and increasing numbers of settlers demanded ever larger parcels of land from Maori antipathy surfaced and escalated into hostility Once Maori were subdued a policy of partial integration all but destroyed Maoritanga the Maori way of doing things Maori however were left well outside the new European order where difference was perceived as tantamount to a betrayal of the emergent sense of nationhood Although elements of this still exist and Presbyterian and Anglican values have proved hard to shake off the Kiwi psyche has become infused with Maori generosity and hospitality coupled with a colonial mateyness and the unerring belief that whatever happens she ll be right Only in the

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  • Map of Australasia | Australasia Countries | Rough Guides | Rough Guides
    where nature still rules from wave lashed beaches and towering eucalyptus forests to red hot deserts and shivering blue glaciers As our map of Australasia shows it s vast Despite all this slick coastal cities in Australia and New Zealand have the good life nailed with envy inducing cultural scenes and some of the most diverse populations on Earth Go surfing in Sydney jump headlong into Melbourne s live music venues or bungee from a bridge in Auckland Protected areas like the Great Barrier Reef and New Zealand s Horoirangi Marine Reserve offer world class snorkelling and diving while inland face to face encounters with kangaroos koalas kiwis and crocs are a real possibility Don t know your Merlot from your elbow Take a tour of the region s vineyards or give it all up for a week of no nonsense relaxation Dreamy low slung Pacific islands are just a flight or boat ride away Find out more about Australasia Interactive Australasia Map Australasian Countries Click the links below to view a map of your chosen country 1 Australia 2 Fiji 3 New Zealand Related Ebooks Sydney and around Rough Guides Snapshot Australia View Guide Northern Territory Rough Guides Snapshot

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  • Australasia Travel | Places to visit in Australasia | Rough Guides
    for backpacking Australia Everything you need to know about driving in Australia Quiz are these really Australian place names Tasmania the unlikely home of the best whisky on Earth Quiz can you locate these national parks 4 minutes of wonder Western Australia on film 21 striking photos of the world s largest tribal gathering 9 of the world s best white water rafting spots Passport to write travel writing competition See all Australasia features Travel Guides Victoria Rough Guides Snapshot Australia includes the Great Ocean Road the Grampians the Murray River Wilsons Promontory National Park and the Victorian Alps The Rough Guide to First Time Around The World Northern Territory Rough Guides Snapshot Australia includes Darwin Alice Springs Kakadu National Park Uluru and Arnhem Land Rough Guides Snapshot New Zealand Marlborough Nelson and Kaikoura South Australia Rough Guides Snapshot Australia includes Adelaide the Barossa Valley Coober Pedy the Flinders Ranges and Kangaroo Island Rough Guides Snapshot Australia Western Australia Rough Guides Snapshot Australia New South Wales and the ACT The Rough Guide to New Zealand Coastal Queensland Rough Guides Snapshot Australia includes Brisbane Cairns Fraser Island the Gold Coast and the Great Barrier Reef See all Australasia travel guides Gallery

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  • A guide to driving in Australia | Rough Guides
    strewn sky doesn t get much more Australian For anything truly gnarly a four wheel drive 4WD is your best bet in Australia this is generally the bulletproof Toyota Land Cruiser For the basics on 4WD driving print out the safety card produced by the National 4WD Association and follow our Outback driving tips To buy or not to buy Many travellers on a longer trip decide to buy a car or campervan knowing that they can probably offload it at a reasonable price down the track Apart from the usual suspects such as Gumtree and eBay Sydney s backpacker car market in Kings Cross has a huge range of road worthy and importantly state registered cars for sale If you don t fancy the hassle Travellers Autobarn offer a guaranteed buyback on cars and campervans Rules of the road Despite its epic and often empty roads there s a maximum speed limit of 110kph or 68mph across Australia and some memorable ad campaigns to remind you Police do not need a reason to pull you over for a breath test and you ll often find roadblocks testing every driver on the approach to big cities especially if there s a big rugby AFL or cricket match on Parking fines can also be a headache for those with a campervan who expect to be able to park anywhere and don t expect to escape a fine once you ve left the country the authorities are great at tracking people down Petrol and diesel though a major expense on any road trip is cheaper in Australia than the UK or Europe Route idea 1 The Red Desert One While most visitors now fly direct to Uluru Ayers Rock approaching this monumental Aussie icon is even more exciting by road The route from Alice Springs via the Stuart Highway and Ernest Giles Road 4WD only takes you past otherworldly meteor craters across the dry Finke River bed and offers a tempting detour to the unmissable Kings Canyon Along the way you might spot thorny dragon lizards skittering across the road emus and beefy red kangaroos it s best to avoid driving at night when they can be spooked by headlights Distance 1080km standard car 4WD for Ernest Giles leg when to do it April October Route idea 2 The Great Ocean One An all time classic for jaw dropping coastal scenery The Great Ocean Road west of Melbourne combines gorgeous vistas of crashing surf and rocky pinnacles notably the Twelve Apostles with wildlife watching opportunities including whales and fur seals Try and time your visit around Easter so you can drop in at the Rip Curl Pro surfing competition at the legendary Bells Beach Distance 346km standard car camper when to do it November April Route idea 3 The one to the tropical tip There are some wonderful drives in Australia s tropical Top End especially Northern Territory s stunning national parks The ultimate option though is the near 1000km 4WD ride

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  • Quiz: Are These Really Australian Place Names? | Rough Guides
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  • Tasmania: The Unexpected Home Of The Best Whisky On Earth | Rough Guides
    20th 2015 View Comments The judges comments read like an appreciation of Scotland s finest they identify hints of caramel and honey a whiff of campfire smoke a smooth buttery feel in the mouth and a peppery finish Yet Sullivan s Cove single malt French Oak Cask comes not from Scotland but from Tasmania And in the World Whiskies Awards last year it was judged the best whisky on Earth Surprised a small Aussie state half a world away from the Old Country could snatch the accolade from Scotland or Japan Don t be The wonder is it took so long A sparsely populated island in the Roaring Forties Tasmania is a sort of Scotland max It has officially the purest air in the world the next landmasses upwind are Patagonia and Antarctica so some of its purest rainwater which flows in soft mountain streams Add highland peat bogs and a cool climate and you have a terroir tailor made for whisky Bill Lark thought so as he sat with a dram while trout fishing in the Tasmanian highlands in 1988 Puzzled by the lack of home grown whisky he discovered that the distilling of spirits was banned in the young colony by puritanical state governor Sir John Franklin in 1838 prompted by his wife Lady Jane s comment that I would prefer barley be fed to pigs than it be used to turn men into swine Thanks to Bill s legal challenge 150 years later Lark Distilleries opened in 1992 Since then eight more have followed Most are in southern Tasmania and all are open for tastings and a yarn about whisky Some like Overeem or Belgrove which distils rye harvested outside the back door are tiny family affairs Others such as Sullivan s Cove or Hellyer s Road

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  • Quiz: can you locate these national parks? | Rough Guides
    Belgium Bosnia and Herzegovina Bosnia Herzegovina Bulgaria Croatia Cyprus Czech Republic Denmark England Estonia Finland France Georgia Germany Greece Hungary Iceland Ireland Italy Kazakhstan Kosovo Latvia Lithuania Malta Montenegro Netherlands Norway Poland Portugal Romania Russia Scotland Serbia Slovakia Slovenia Spain Sweden Switzerland Turkey Ukraine United Kingdom Wales Middle East Abu Dhabi Dubai Iran Israel Jordan Oman Qatar Saudi Arabia North America Canada Greenland Mexico USA South America Argentina Bolivia Brazil Chile Colombia Ecuador Guyana Peru Uruguay Venezuela UK View by Theme Activity Architecture Beaches Belief Boats sailing Budget travel Coasts islands Crafts and markets Cycling Deserts Discovery Diving snorkeling Everyday Life Extreme Adventure sports Family friendly Festivals events Food drink Heritage ruins Indigenous culture Leisure Luxury Mountains Museums art Music National parks reserves Nature Nightlife Novelty Off the beaten track People Photography Railway journeys Relaxation Road trips Romance Shopping Structures Surfing Tourist Trail Tradition Transport Walking trekking Wildlife Winter sports Quiz can you locate these national parks By Rebecca Hallett July 2nd 2015 View Comments National parks are some of the world s most awe inspiring natural places taking in mountains glaciers waterfalls and forests sometimes all in the same one but how much do you know about them Can you tell these national parks apart Compare flights book hostels and hotels for your trip and don t forget to purchase travel insurance before you go Tags Africa North America South America Asia Australasia Europe Canada Chile USA Malaysia Australia Italy Thailand Namibia Slovenia Hawaii Venezuela Novelty Previous Feature Next Feature Related Articles The 40 most stunning national parks in America Tracking jaguars in Corcovado National Park Costa Rica Quiz which famous explorer are you A guide to the otherworldly Joshua Tree National Park Travel Offers Travel insurance Hotels Hostels Car hire Tours Trending Articles Why now s the time

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  • 4 minutes of wonder: Western Australia on film | Travel Feature | Rough Guides
    Russia Scotland Serbia Slovakia Slovenia Spain Sweden Switzerland Turkey Ukraine United Kingdom Wales Middle East Abu Dhabi Dubai Iran Israel Jordan Oman Qatar Saudi Arabia North America Canada Greenland Mexico USA South America Argentina Bolivia Brazil Chile Colombia Ecuador Guyana Peru Uruguay Venezuela UK View by Theme Activity Architecture Beaches Belief Boats sailing Budget travel Coasts islands Crafts and markets Cycling Deserts Discovery Diving snorkeling Everyday Life Extreme Adventure sports Family friendly Festivals events Food drink Heritage ruins Indigenous culture Leisure Luxury Mountains Museums art Music National parks reserves Nature Nightlife Novelty Off the beaten track People Photography Railway journeys Relaxation Road trips Romance Shopping Structures Surfing Tourist Trail Tradition Transport Walking trekking Wildlife Winter sports 4 minutes of wonder Western Australia on film By Lottie Gross June 23rd 2015 View Comments Australia s west coast gets a whole lot less love from travellers than its eastern shores but by no means is it less beautiful In this film made from 10 000 photographs you can explore some of Western Australia s most gorgeous scenery from Nambung National Park and Ningaloo Reef to Coral Bay and the Kennedy Range The film s creator Kerrin Rowe says this about the state The amazing aspect of Western Australia is that outside of Perth the light pollution is near nonexistent due to the great distances between towns which allows the night sky to pop out and be visually spectacular The underlying theme of the film is about getting outdoors and exploring Western Australia and its beauty If you can t get out there and see it for yourself enjoy these four minutes of Australian travel eye candy Australia s Midwest from Kerrin Rowe Media on Vimeo Tags Australasia Australia Previous Feature Next Feature Related Articles Ten beautiful time lapse videos The best beaches

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