In New Zealand, everything is upside down. The sun and moon in the sky are not where we are used to seeing them, and even rivers flow in the other direction.

The first thing that strikes any traveler from the Northern Hemisphere is that in New Zealand everything is upside down. The sun and moon in the sky are not where we are used to seeing them, from June to August it is winter here, and even rivers flow in the other direction.

The school year begins in March. But the child does not go to school from a certain date, but from the moment when he turns 6 years old. The day after his birthday, he goes to class and joins the class. If his birthday falls on vacation time, the child is given a tour of the school and invited to come when the school year begins (or continues). 


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Natural contrasts

I have never seen such a diverse nature on one piece of land. Landscapes change before your eyes, like pictures in a kaleidoscope. From snow-capped peaks to green hills, from foggy fiords to huge glaciers, from rainforests to white sandy beaches, from mountain rivers to rushing waterfalls. It is true that New Zealand is a small copy of the entire planet. The islands really collect all the most stunning landscapes of the earth.


Every lake in New Zealand has a unique color, from deep emerald to cold turquoise. I drove along the entire coast of the South Island and never tired of being amazed at the palette of colors. And the Pacific Ocean and the Tasman Sea change shades and character almost every minute, depending on the weather. 


Unusual animals and birds

Conservation areas occupy 25% of New Zealand's territory Green tourism is developed in the country, which is facilitated by the availability of equipped campings along the roads (from $ 5 to $ 25 per night with their own tents).  


Thanks to the careful and respectful attitude of the inhabitants of the islands to the environment, unique species of animals and plants have been preserved here. For example, in the photo there is a yellow-eyed penguin, which is also called "gorgeous". One of the rarest penguins in the world; their habitat is limited. We saw them on the Pacific coast and were able to photograph them up close. Yellow-eyed penguins are protected by the state.  



Efforts to protect the environment sometimes lead to unexpected (at first glance) results. There are animals in New Zealand that are deliberately destroyed . Rabbits and deer, brought here from other continents, began to multiply rapidly and massively destroy vegetation. The increase in their population is also facilitated by the absence of large predators on the islands. Therefore, invasive species are shot.  


In New Zealand, a deer shooting license can be obtained free of charge in 10 minutes. The locals cook a traditional dish of venison - vanison. At a restaurant, it costs about NZ $ 40 per serving with a side dish.

Rabbits are also harmful by digging holes in the ground, in which cattle break their legs. Therefore, they are also being fought against, and in addition to shooting and traps, they use specially designed viruses.

The taste of the products

Nowhere else have I tasted such delicious tomato juice and dairy products as in New Zealand. The taste of the products is really rich and natural. They are obsessed with ecology, so the use of chemical fertilizers is prohibited. In the hotel room, in addition to water, guests must leave a bottle of fresh milk. 


In a supermarket, 2 liters of milk cost an average of 5 NZ dollars, and meat from 8 to 36 dollars per kilogram (depending on the type and part).

Cost of cigarettes

Love for environmentally friendly products is logically combined with the unpopularity of smoking. Cigarettes here cost about $ 30 per pack, which is very frustrating for our tourists. The members of the group I led on Goodwin 's New Zealand journey carried cigarettes with them. It turned out to be cheaper to pay the import duty than to buy them locally.