Australia and Oceania

North Island, New Zealand

The New Zealand’s North Island is a warm place with beautiful sceneries ranging from the active volcanic peaks though the sandy beaches to rolling farmlands. Even though it isn’t as big as South Island, the region is relatively more populous and in fact, about half of the population in New Zealand lives in North Island.

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Marlborough, New Zealand

The region of Marlborough is on northeastern end of South Island, New Zealand. This region is well known for the rather high sunshine hours experienced here. The Marlborough sounds has its home here as well and it is the largest wine growing region in New Zealand.

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Dunedin City, New Zealand

Dunedin city is regarded by many as the south’s Edinburgh, a city that is very proud of its rich Scots heritage. Ideally, Dunedin is a university town and it is vey famous due to its rather ugly railway station and one of the Godzone regions with the worst weather.

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Hayman Island, Australia

Of the various Whitsunday Islands, Hayman Island is located on the most northerly part and it is one of Cumberland Islands that are located off Central Queensland Coast in Australia. Even though Hayman Island is a private property, the public is allowed to visit it and it is very popular among travelers for the awesome luxury resort built by millionaire investor Reg Ansett in the 1950s.

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Christchurch, New Zealand

With a population of slightly over half a million people, Christchurch is New Zealand’s largest city in South Island. In fact, after Auckland, it is the country’s second largest and most popular city. It is located on the edges of Canterbury plains.

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Wanaka, New Zealand

The town of Wanaka lies on shores of L. Wanaka, South Island in New Zealand. The town is very popular as it serves as a gateway to the Mount Aspiring National Park. Queenstown is the nearest international airport that serves travelers to Wanaka and offers regular flights to Melbourne, Brisbane and Sydney as well as domestic flights to Christchurch and Auckland.

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Kaikoura, New Zealand

The small coastal town of Kaikoura is found on Pacific Ocean or east coast of South Island in New Zealand. The town is tucked somewhere half way between Blenheim and Christ Church and being a coastal town, it is highly popular among the locals and international travelers due to its sea food. In Maori, the word kai translates to ‘eat’ while koura means ‘crayfish’ or rock lobster.

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Blenheim, New Zealand

Blenheim is located in New Zealand’s South Island and it is the largest and most popular town in Marlborough wine growing area. For many years, this town has always been on the hunt to be declared the sunniest town in New Zealand but Nelson town, its neighbor has always triumphed on this.

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