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Aotearoa – New Zealand´s North Island Reloaded

The Máori call the North Island of New Zealand “Te Ika-a-Māui”, “the fish of Maui”. Legend claims that Maui was an untalented fisherman who hid in his brothers´boat to join them on their fishing trip. They refused to give him bait, so he broke his nose and used his blood on his grandmother´s magic jawbone to catch fish. He ended up pulling up a really big one – the North Island =) Whether you believe the story or not, here are more beautiful pics taken in Te Ika-a-Māui….

One of my personal New Zealand highlights was definitely the Tongariro Alpine Crossing, a 18km hike in the Tongariro National Park. You get the chance to see Mount Doom – so it´s a must-do for any “Lord of the Rings” fan. If you ever get the chance to do it, go for it. These pictures tell you why…

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