New Zealand Otago & Waitaki


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Kawarau River drains Lake Wakatipu, in northwestern Otago, New Zealand. In the 19th century, gold was extracted from the river. Tourist adventure activities on the river include riverboarding, jet boating, white water rafting, river surfing, and bungy jumping. The Kawarau Bridge, 43m above the river, and a Category I historic place, is the site of the world's first commercial bungy jumping operation.

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  • Kiwi is the nickname used internationally for people from New Zealand, as well as being a relatively common self-reference. The name derives from the kiwi, a flightless bird, which is native to, and the national symbol of, New Zealand. The usage is not offensive, being treated with pride and endearment as a uniquely recognizable term for the people of New Zealand.
  • History The first New Zealanders to be widely known as Kiwis were the military. The Regimental Signs for all New Zealand regiments feature the kiwi, including those that fought in the Second Boer War, then with the Australian and New Zealand Army Corps in World War I. Much of the interaction between regiments and locals was done under the respective Regimental Sign, and the kiwi came to mean first the men of regiments and then all New Zealanders. Due to the relative isolation of New Zealand, many troops stayed in Europe (particularly at Beacon Hill, near Bulford on the Salisbury Plain, where they carved a chalk kiwi into the hill in 1918) for months or years until transport home could be arranged. The Oxford English Dictionary gives the first use of the 'Kiwi' to mean 'New Zealander' in 1918, in the New Zealand Expeditionary Force Chronicles. The nickname 'Kiwis' for New Zealand servicemen eventually became common usage in all war theatres
  • Following World War II the term was gradually attributed to all New Zealanders and today, throughout the world they are referred to as Kiwis, as well as often referring to themselves that way. Spelling of the word Kiwi, when used to describe the people, is often capitalized, and takes the plural form Kiwis. The bird's name is spelt with a lower-case k and, being a word of Māori origin, normally stays as kiwi when pluralized. Thus, two Kiwis refers to two people, whereas two kiwi refers to two birds. This linguistic nicety is well exemplified by the BNZ Save the Kiwi Conservation Trust, which uses the slogan "Kiwis saving kiwi".
  • New Zealand Otago & Waitaki

    1. 1.
    2. 2. The Maori call NewZealand, Aotearoa whichmeans “The land of thelong white cloud”.New Zealand is located inOceania, in the SouthPacific Ocean.The official languages inNew Zealand are Englishand Maori.The Capital city of NewZealand is Wellington,located on the NorthIsland.
    3. 3. Probably Queenstownsmost famous thrill-seekingactivity is bungy jumping(also known as bungeejumping), where a longelastic cord is attached tothe ankles or harness, andthe person jumps off a largeheight. New Zealand wasbrought to the forefront ofadventure sport when in1888 AJ Hackett opened thefirst commercial bungy jumpfrom the Kawarau Bridge, 43metres (141 feet), over theKawarau river.
    4. 4. Bungy jumping was inspired by David Attenboroughs 1950s footage of the land diversof Pentecost Island Vanuatu, who tied vines to their ankles and jumped off tall platformsas a religious ceremony to bring a good harvest.
    5. 5. World Home of Bungy, the Kawarau Bungy Centre.
    6. 6. The Kawarau Bridge, 43m above the river,and a Category I historic place, is the siteof the worlds first commercial bungyjumping operation.It was right here, in 1988, that commercialBungy Jumping began. Nestled into therock face over the stunning KawarauRiver, the Kawarau Bungy Centre is atotal visitor experience that offerssomething for everyone, the view alonewill satisfy any group. Located at thegateway to Queenstown, only a 20 minutedrive to Queenstown.
    7. 7. Kawarau River drains Lake Wakatipu, in northwestern Otago, New Zealand. In the 19th century,gold was extracted from the river. Tourist adventure activities on the river include riverboarding, jetboating, white water rafting, river surfing, and bungy jumping.
    8. 8. The export of sheep and dairy products has brought New Zealand billions of dollars and continuesto do so. Two or three generations ago the majority of New Zealand farms would have beenstocked with most of the animals featured in this booklet - horses, pigs, fowls, ducks and turkeys.
    9. 9. Advances in technology and transport and a higher standard of living have today led to morespecialized farming practices without the varied range of animals of previous decades.
    10. 10. Deer and goat farms are a relatively new phenomenon. Deer are farmedfor their meat - a big export earner while goats have also become animportant economic sideline for many farmers in the move to diversify.
    11. 11. Sorbus aucuparia (Rowan,European Rowan, Mountain ash)
    12. 12. Text : Internet Pictures: Sanda Foişoreanu Doina Grigoraş Internet Copyright: All the images belong to their authorsSound: Ballad Of The Waitaki - Plainsmen Arangement: Sanda Foişoreanu Cruisin On The Interislander - The Warratahs