My World Tour:  Adventures of New Zealand Main Page
February 27, 2003 - April 18, 2003  
Day 542 - 592

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America's Cup    Big and Funny    Maori People    Christchurch     Nature    Toilets of New Zealand
 Blackwater Rafting    Flying Fox     Skydiving    High Wire Walking   Kayaking    Zorbing    Sailing
Rabbit Shearing
    Sand boarding    Glacier Climbing     Sledging    Abseiling the "Lost World"   New Zealand History

 

New Zealand is an outdoor lover's paradise.  The Kiwis love their wacky adventure, high adrenaline rushes.   Anything fun, wild, and suicidal can be done here, and you can even buy the picture of your death as well.  The landscape is almost mythical, hence the reason the film trilogy "Lord of the Rings" was filmed here with the backdrop of snow capped peaks, waterfalls, and active volcanoes in the background.  The Kiwi people are sitting at the top of the charts with their hospitality, opening their homes for complete strangers, and it's one of the few places in the world that hitchhiking is really encouraged.   These people are so laid back, that 20% of them on any day weren't wearing any shoes around town.   The people, bound in a culture that melds European with Maori ancestry, are resourceful, helpful and overwhelmingly friendly. The extraordinary place names - try Te Awamutu, Whangamomona or Paekakariki for tongue-trippers - are resonant and, with a modicum of practice, easy to pronounce.  The only downfall of New Zealand is it's real easy to blow all of your cash having fun, and getting on the plane to leave is a real bummer.  A few films to catch about New Zealand and the Maori culture are the recent film "Whale Rider" and a classic "When We Were Warriors".

 

Name That Silly Costume!

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Horseback Riding with spurs

Zorbing
Glacier Climbing
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Blackwater Rafting
Abseiling
Kayaking
Toilet Diving
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Bar-B-Q -ing

Flying Foxing
Skydiving
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Fixing Telephone Wires
Rabbit Shearing
Abseiling

Glacier Climbing
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Abseiling
Zorbing
High Wire Walking
Bondage Party
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Blackwater Rafting
Zorbing
Sledging
Target Shooting Americans
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Sailing

Sledging
Skydiving
Kayaking
Deep Sea Fishing
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Rabbit Shearing
Sailing
Zorbing
Gilligan's Island Stunt Double
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Sledging
Sandboarding
Sledging
Posing for a photo
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Rabbit Shearing
Skydiving
Glacier Climbing
Looking like big red dorks
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Cooking Dinner over a spit
Skydiving
Flying Foxing
Rabbit Shearing
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Flying Foxing
Abseiling
Sledging 
About to die doing something stupid

These photos below should help you out a bit more, the positions are the same.  Don' peak if you are playing the game!

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 Bruce and Julia, World Travelers and Adventure Seekers Extraordinaire.
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