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Top Reasons To Visit New Zealand

Because of its remote and far-off location, New Zealand may not be in everyone’s holiday itinerary. However, unknown to many, it is a place where a visitor can see amazing sights that cannot be found anywhere else in the world. Anyone who had the chance to watch the trilogy of blockbuster films, “Lord of the Rings,” was given a glimpse of the country’s magnificent scenery; since most of the scenes in the movie were shot in New Zealand. A scenic landscape is not the only thing that New Zealand has to offer though. For the tourist, there is more to discover. (more…)

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Most Favorite Tourist Destinations in New Zealand

If you’ve been on the lookout for a tourism spot that has ample amount of outdoor activities such as hiking, skydiving, bungy jumping, caving and skiing, then you have landed on the right spot. A destination that’s affordable, full of natural beauty, secure, perfect for a holiday — that’s New Zealand. This island country has been ranked as the most favorable spot for budget travelers and backpackers. There are so many activities to do with humble and welcoming locals, that most tourists end up extending their stay. From beautiful stretches of beaches to extraordinary landscapes including mountains and hills, New Zealand offers all this and a lot more. Here are some of the most favorite tourist destinations.  (more…)

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New Zealand’s Newest Export: Lorde

It seems like before this year, many Americans had never really given New Zealand a second thought. I don't say that with any sort of animosity or disdain. It just seems that before our golden girl graced the top of their charts, New Zealand didn't really hold any sort of significance for them, especially in their abounding world of pop culture. Arguably, it a world that is over-sexualized by pop stars such a Beyonce, Rihanna and Britney Spears. Out of the blue comes a "normal" girl with "normal" feelings and "normal" fears and they are spell-bounded. Immediately, the normalcy of her feelings and her experiences becomes ironically, just the opposite, and they are intrigued by her in all her glory. 

Lorde
For those of you living under a rock, Lorde is a New Zealand singer-songwriter who rose to popularity with her breakout tune "Royals" and debut album "Pure Heroine." She was born Ella Marija Lani Yelich-O'Connor in 1996. Not only is she young, she is also as her album seems to imply, "pure". In comparison to other contemporary American pop stars we can't really argue with her on that. "Royals" it seems was just what the younger generation needed. A sort of confessional complaint against the superficiality and fake-ness associated with the entertainment industry and the world at large. Thanks to social media it seems that superficiality and image are more profound today than every before and are just being further perpetuated on daily basis by the biggest faces in "entertainment". 

Pure Heroine
Throughout the album Lorde refers to her life in New Zealand as "a city you'll never see on screen." She also refers to her hometown as "not very pretty." This all coming from a sixteen year old who is obviously wise beyond her years. Other tracks on the album contain lyrics like, "pretty soon, i'll be getting on my first plane… I'll see the veins of my city like they do in space." Poignant, direct and confessional – and American youths rejoiced! Thanks to Lorde, it seems that New Zealand is now "cool". Of course, "coolness" like most things is a completely relative concept. However, it seems that by calling to mind how "uncool" her lodgings were growing up, they have been exposed and have risen into the honest realm of acceptance. On another track she refers to "going down to the tennis courts". In America, sports like basketball, baseball and football are arguably the front runners in popular culture. Although tennis is a popular sport all over the world, in America it is not as popular as those aforementioned sports. By simply discussing what she knew and experienced, Lorde was able to capture a type of rarity that American youths found intriguing and "different." Ironic, considering she was just telling them some stories about her daily life. In any event, New Zealand is no longer as obscure as it once was, which hopefully will lead to increased tourism and popularity. After all, New Zealand deserves it's newfound attention!