Wednesday, 13 March 2013
Te Whakarewarewa Valley Te Whakarewarewa geothermal valley is a special place - home to Te Arawa people for generations. The environment alone is of enormous geological significance, with thermal activity ranging from boiling mud to the world famous 30-metre (100-foot) Pohutu geyser, erupting up to 20 times each day. Hot springs, boiling sulphurous pools, silica terraces and bubbling mud pools are among the natural wonders at Te Whakarewarewa. In the heart of 350 acres of lush farmland, yet only 10 minutes from Rotorua city centre, you’ll find New Zealand’s Agrodome. For over 40 years, visitors from all over the globe have come to the Agrodome to see our world-famous Farm Show – starring a cast of talented animals… and you! Plus, join the Organic Farm Tour to explore a real working farm, hand-feed loads of friendly animals.
Tuesday, 12 March 2013
New Zealand. It is often billed as Auckland's "oldest suburb" since it dates from the earliest days of the European settlement of Auckland in 1841. To its west lies the Auckland Domain, to the south Newmarket, and to the north the commercial area of St Georges Bay with mainly office-space. The Anglican Cathedral, which stands at the top of the hill, has become an iconic feature of Parnell. It replaced the old wooden St Mary's, demolished in 1888, having served the community for 28 years. The current building has two parts: the brick choir and body of the church date from about 1960. Parnell plays host to several beautiful parks. Besides the main park known as The Rose Gardens, there are several other parks scattered around the area. Fraser Park also know by locals as "Mike Robinson Park", is located at the beginning of Parnell. Parnell is a suburb of Auckland,
Auckland Lantern Festival 2013 The Auckland Lantern Festival is celebrated on the first full moon following the Chinese New Year. In 2013, the event was held from 22-24 February at Albert Park. Highlights of this event include: exciting on-stage performances, authentic crafts, delicious food stalls and the gorgeous illumination of Albert Park by hundreds of hand-crafted lanterns. The 2013 Lantern Festival welcomed the Chinese zodiac year of the snake, which represents great wisdom and intuition. This intelligent, seductive, animal will be woven into the festival, and hopefully lead people toward a path of good fortune for the year ahead. Each year the festival features a new twist, with exciting activities and decorations at every turn. And we encourage our vendors to aim for honours in the prestigious ‘Model Stallholder’ and 'Best Decorated Stall’ competitions. The Lantern Festival is organised by Auckland Tourism, Events and Economic Development (ATEED) in partnership with Asia New Zealand Foundation (Asia:NZ).