Tuesday, June 18, 2013

3 places I'd love to see in New Zealand

1) Egmont National Park and it's Goblin Forest. The park is beautiful itself, but the main reason why I would like to visit this natural wonderland is the Goblin Forest. I've never seen such magical place where the trees with their gnarled shapes create an eery feel. They are called "Kamahi trees" and because you can find them in one of the highest area, they burst with abundant mosses and ferns.

2) Tree Restaurant, Auckland. It's suspended 10 metres up a huge redwood tree and it was designed on a child fantasy of a tree house. I am fully aware this is not a tourist attraction or a magnificent landmark but I couldn't resist and it actually is on my list. The only downside is that it is not longer open to the public but it can be reserved as a private party for 30 people. I can see myself renewing vows there.
What an unique experience of fine dining!

3) Champagne pool in Rotorua was formed nearly 900 years ago by a hydro thermal eruption and it's temperature reaches 74°C. It was named Champagne pool because of it's resemblance of a bubbly glass of famous sparkling wine. The unusual coloring is mostly from arsenic and sulfide deposits. And I found it visually so beautiful it makes me want to go right now!

Photos found here, here, here, here and here.

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