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New Zealand offers visitors one of the most unique opportunities to explore that can be found in the world today.
It is a breathtaking nation that can offer you a quiet, rural holiday, a relaxing resort experience, or a rugged exploration adventure. You can divide your trip into a North Island trip, a South Island trip, or have an extended getaway and see both cultures.
For many, a visit to New Zealand begins with an exploration of the nation’s incredible coastline landscapes. You’ll find plenty of walking trails, cycling opportunities, and road trips to help you enjoy this wonder to its fullest extent. Along the way, you’ll also discover diving, sailing, and kayaking opportunities.
If there is adventure in your veins, then bungee jumping is a common activity in New Zealand. There are zip lines, guided rafting tours, and sky diving opportunities throughout the country as well. You’ll find award-winning wineries, farmer’s markets, and plenty of community festivals to enjoy as well.
It’s also not an exaggeration to say that the seafood and coastal restaurants in New Zealand is some of the best that you’ll find in the world today.
There are numerous attractions to visit throughout New Zealand to enjoy as well. Art galleries are everywhere, as are the incredible hot pools, and there are plenty of stargazing opportunities to enjoy. The dramatic scenery is going to tempt your eyes, while the promise of incredible cuisine is going to tempt your tastebuds.
New Zealand is a nation that should not be missed.
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Wild Foods festival – A taste of New Zealand
One festival not to be missed is the legendary Wild Foods festival held annually in a small town on the West Coast of the South Island called Hokitika.
Due to the isolated location of the West Coast the ‘Coasters’ have always done things their own way, paying little attention to how the rest of the world lives. The festival is a prime example of this, as it show cases the rather random delicacies of the coast and the local characters that live there. You name it, it’s on offer and both locals and tourists come from afar to challenge themselves to eat the huge selection of wild foods.
Some of the more memorable dishes at this years festival included Mountain Oysters (goat testicles); huhu grubs that were very much alive; eel spine, marinated duck tongue; semen sauce; cow tit; seagull turd; rotten fish eyes and possum pie. The atmosphere is awesome as everywhere you look people are egging their friends on encouraging them to try the most vulgar of the vulgar wild foods on offer.
A few of the more tame – or should we say edible foods – included “Bambi” burgers, white bait fritters, homemade fudge, pickled punga (native fern), mussels and wild pork.
Hokitika has a population of about 6,000 and with more than 10,000 people attending the Wild Foods Festival accommodation options get rather interesting. So where does everyone sleep? The local fire brigade set up a couple of large camp sites right by the beach which over flows with tents and campervans.