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What do you do when you live in a country home to nine of the world’s 16 species of penguins? Host a Penguathalon, of course! At Kelly Tarlton’s Antarctic Encounter (looks something like our SeaWorld) in Orakei, New Zealand, some 80 penguins partook in the world’s first Penguathalon, an event that allowed king and gentoo…

Grant Martin raises a glass to the charming class of cocktail mixers who don’t phone it in on a Monday night. There isn’t much to do on a Monday night in Wellington, New Zealand. As many travelers know, socializing is an important part of any cross-country trip – meeting new locals, absorbing culture and evolving…

Penguin Places

IT Contributor Andrew Evans offers an all-inclusive guide to all things penguin. Penguins are never passé. Be they marching or tapping their happy feet toward another sequel, the little black and white birds are still very much in everybody’s minds and hearts. I also imagine that kids who play with plastic penguins in their Happy…

The Church of the Good Shepherd at Lake Tekapo, New Zealand. Photo: Neil Gardner The diverse New Zealand landscape is among the most beautiful in the world: pristine beaches, rolling green fields, awesome mountains. But residents in Tekapo aren’t so much concerned with what surrounds them on the ground, they’re much more interested in preserving…

Jenss Family Travels: Aussie Escapes

Rainer Jenss and his family are currently on an around-the-world journey, and they’re blogging about their experiences for us at Intelligent Travel. Keep up with the Jensses by bookmarking their posts, and follow the boys’ Global Bros blog at National Geographic Kids. The Jenss family holiday season extends a week or two beyond the traditional…

Rainer Jenss and his family are currently on an around-the-world journey, and they’re blogging about their experiences for us at Intelligent Travel. Keep up with the Jensses by bookmarking their posts, and follow the boys’ Global Bros blog at National Geographic Kids. As a New Yorker, I’ve never gone down to Times Square to ring…

Rainer Jenss and his family are currently on an around-the-world journey, and they’re blogging about their experiences for us at Intelligent Travel. Keep up with the Jensses by bookmarking their posts, and follow the boys’ Global Bros blog at National Geographic Kids. I do concede that I am not a travel writer, so fluently articulating…

Jenss Family Travels: Terrific Tassie

Rainer Jenss and his family are currently on an around-the-world journey, and they’re blogging about their experiences for us at Intelligent Travel. Keep up with the Jensses by bookmarking their posts, and follow the boys’ Global Bros blog at National Geographic Kids. Ask most Americans what they know about Tasmania, and I’m guessing the Tasmanian…

Jenss Family Travels: Aussie Wildlife

Poor Australia. Our family had just spent the most magnificent month in New Zealand, and none of us wanted to leave. I had anticipated this might be the case after hearing nothing but rave reviews from people who had been there. But our around-the-world ticket dictated that we had to board a plane for a…

Jenss Family Travels: Reef Encounters

Rainer Jenss and his family are currently on an around-the-world journey, and they’re blogging about their experiences for us at Intelligent Travel. Keep up with the Jensses by bookmarking their posts, and follow the boys’ Global Bros blog at National Geographic Kids. It goes without saying that not all travel destinations are created equal. Conventional…

Jenss Family Travels: Harris Hill Farm

Rainer Jenss and his family are currently on an around-the-world journey, and they’re blogging about their experiences for us at Intelligent Travel. Keep up with the Jensses by bookmarking their posts, and follow the boys’ Global Bros blog at National Geographic Kids. It’s nearly impossible to travel anywhere outside of a major city in New…

Rainer Jenss and his family are currently on an around-the-world journey, and they’re blogging about their experiences for us at Intelligent Travel. Keep up with the Jensses by bookmarking their posts, and follow the boys’ Global Bros blog at National Geographic Kids. I realize I misspoke in my last blog post–we hadn’t quite yet taken…

New Zealand By Campervan

Rainer Jenss and his family are currently on an around-the-world journey, and they’re blogging about their experiences for us at Intelligent Travel. Keep up with the Jensses by bookmarking their posts, and follow the boys’ Global Bros blog at National Geographic Kids. Of all the modes of transportation we will take this year, and that…

Kia Ora – Welcome to New Zealand!

Rainer Jenss and his family are currently on an around-the-world journey, and they’re blogging about their experiences for us at Intelligent Travel. Keep up with the Jensses by bookmarking their posts, and follow the boys’ Global Bros blog at National Geographic Kids. While researching our around-the-world trip, I read through more than a fair share…

Trip Advisor recently released its 2008 Travelers’ Choice Destinations Awards, a list of the top 100 destinations worldwide and the top 25 destinations on each major region. My favorite country and adopted home while studying abroad topped the list with two destinations—Milford Sound (the eighth wonder of the world, above) and the adventure capital of…

New Zealand’s Organic Explorer

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Perhaps you’re already familiar with New Zealand’s vast green expanses from The Lord of the Rings trilogy. But if the only thing organic you associate with New Zealand is Middle-Earth (admit it, there are some of you out there), here’s a new way to get to know the region’s plentiful offerings. I recently stumbled upon…

  Between the cities of Dunedin and Oamaru on New Zealand’s South Island is Moeraki, a small coastal town home to famous rock formations. According to Maori legend, the Moeraki Boulders are gourds that washed ashore (on what is now Koekohe Beach) when the Araiteuru canoe was wrecked hundreds of years ago. But every myth…

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Kiwis love their fences. And even more, they love decorating fences with unwanted articles of clothing. The most interesting fence is the Cardrona Bra Fence, which has been a controversial tourist attraction in the Central Otago district on New Zealand’s South Island since 1999. Until recently, hundreds of bras lined this fence near Wanaka, a…