Thursday, April 28, 2005

Desired Travel Destination No. 1: New Zealand


I really, really, really hope that I can get there someday.


Milford National Park

Cathedral Bay

Koru or Silver Fern

The koru is the birth of a frond on a ponga fern. Also known as the ‘silver fern’, it has become a national symbol. Ponga grow wild, and are found in moist bush areas throughout New Zealand.
Photo credit: Ted Scott

This is a Koru pendant that I own. The koru represents new life, new beginnings, growth, movement...
You can purchase one here:

Maori were the first inhabitants of Aotearoa/New Zealand (meaning ‘Land of the Long White Cloud’). After arriving from their ancestral Polynesian homeland of Hawaiki, probably about 1000 years ago, they set up a thriving society based on the iwi (tribe), which flourished for hundreds of years.

According to Maori, the first explorer to reach New Zealand was Kupe. Using the stars and ocean currents as his navigational guides, he ventured across the Pacific on his waka hourua (voyaging canoe) from his ancestral Polynesian homeland of Hawaiki. It is thought that Kupe made landfall at the Hokianga Harbour in Northland, around 1000 years ago.

Oh, to see this in person.

There are more sheep in New Zealand than humans.

New Zealand's first settlers, the Maori, named the kiwi bird for the sound of its chirp - kiwi, kiwi, kiwi! This flightless bird, about the size of a domestic hen, has an extremely long beak and plumage that is more like hair than feathers. New Zealanders have adopted this nocturnal, flightless and endearing creature as their national emblem.


David Lim said...

You have a cool blog! I will be starting another new blog soon and your blog gave me some good inspiration!

My login name is buykiwi with, so I hope to get a blog with buykiwi

Cheer and keep up the good work! Happy blogging!

wandering visitor said...


just stumbled onto this site because was looking at some John Singer Sargent's paintings (isn't he the best?)

I love your pictures in this post!! :)

Anonymous said...

Kia ora from Auckland, NZ.

Lovely blog. Great photos.

And really great that you link back to our site, thank you.

When you do make it to Aotearoa, NZ, do pop in to pick up your silver koru,

kind regards
Goina Thedinga

Xanthe ! said...

Don't dream about it.. Do it! We did and it is as wonderful as it looks!!

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