Have you ever dreamed of visiting New Zealand? 11/3/2015 • Barb Lenn
Do you know that New Zealand is called "the land of the long white cloud" by Maori? They do consider the country unique and they are right on every count. The archipelago is a world unto itself. This paradise is often described as having the most beautiful scenery. Moreover, the area is free of poisonous and dangerous creatures so you will feel safe during the journey.
Today, you are welcome to admire New Zealand's magical landscapes!
The mount is an active volcano located on the west coast of the country. It has 2 official names, so one might also refer to it as Mount Egmont. Its elevation is about 8,261 ft.
As you might have already guessed, the name "Taranaki" is of Maori origin. The word tara should be translated as "a mountain peak", while naki is believed to be derived from ngaki, thus, being translated as "shining".
The panoramic view of the mountain
The panoramic view of the lake
The lake is the largest one of the archipelago's South Island. Lake Pukaki, as well as Lakes Tekapo and Ohau used to be glaciers, that is why the lakes have such a distinctive azure color. The lake covers an area of 68 mi2.
The panoramic view of Lake Pukaki
It is a widely known hiking route! Are you a true survivor? You'll have to traverse the temperate rainforest and an alpine pass. Sound like an adventure! By the way, the natives used the track for transporting precious greenstones.
The panoramic view of the track
The fjord is said to be country's most famous tourist destination.
The lake is said to be the clearest natural body of fresh water.
The name is translated from Maori as "sacred waters". We are not surprised that the native considered the boiling mud pools to be sacred. It does look fantastic!
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