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Whitehaven Beach: Australia’s most photographed beach

Whitehaven Beach, Whitsundays Islands, Australia. Credit Tourism Australia

The archipelago of the Whitsundays is located in the Australian state of Queensland, along the Australian Great Barrier Reef. These islands are an archipelago of 74 tropical islands which represent one of Australia’s main attractions. Here is also one of ...

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Fakarava atoll: a diver’s paradise

Fakarava Atoll, Tuamotu, French Polynesia. TAHITI TOURISME © Jim Winter

The Tuamotu archipelago is a large group of islands in French Polynesia formed almost exclusively by atolls. The atolls are flat coral islands that include vast lagoons within them. These islands were originally formed from high volcanic peaks, such as ...

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Luengoni beach on the island of Lifou

Luengoni, Lifou, New Caledonia. © P. Dancel NCTPS

Lifou Island is located in the center of the Loyalty Islands archipelago. The island is the largest and most populated of this New Caledonian archipelago. The most important inhabited center of the island is the town of Wé which overlooks ...

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The Terraces of Shabadran on the island of Maré

The Terraces of Shabadran in the island of Maré, New Caledonia. © Pauline Massé NCTPS.

Among the most beautiful places to visit on the island of Maré in New Caledonia there are certainly the so-called Terraces of Shabadran (Terrasses de Shabadran). Located in the southern part of this island of the Loyalty Islands archipelago, the ...

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Pitcairn declared International Dark Sky Sanctuary

Pitcairn flag

The Pitcairn Islands have become the eighth sanctuary on earth and the only group of islands in the world to be designated International Dark Sky Sanctuary by the International Dark Sky Association. In 2018 the four islands that make up ...

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Journey to Easter Island: how to do and what to see

I spent almost a week on Easter Island. The island is one of the most remote places in the world. A journey to Easter Island is no joke. Take a geographic map and observe its position you will see that ...

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The place of silence: the Doubtful Sound

Vegetation, Doubtful Sound, New Zealand. Author and Copyright Marco Ramerini.

The experience of a cruise in the Doubtful Sound is probably one of the most indelible memories of a trip to the South Island of New Zealand. The Doubtful Sound is a fjord over 40 km long, which with its ...

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The trail to Mount Cook: the Hooker Valley Track

Hooker Valley Track, New Zealand. Author and Copyright Marco Ramerini

One of the best known and most popular walks in Mount Cook / Aoraki National Park is the one that runs through the Hooker Valley. This trail runs alongside the Hooker River in the shadow of Mount Cook. This walk ...

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Spring blooms in New Zealand: lupines and broom

Wild lupins, Lake Tekapo, New Zealand. Author and Copyright Marco Ramerini

A very beautiful aspect both from the landscape and photographic point of view of a trip made in spring in New Zealand are the blooms. The most beautiful areas for observing the spring blooms are found on the splendid South ...

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The Nugget Point lighthouse: an icon of New Zealand

The lighthouse at Nugget Point, Catlins, New Zealand. Author and Copyright Marco Ramerini.

One of the most photographed places on the coast of New Zealand’s South Island is the promontory of Nugget Point with its lighthouse. This stretch of coast is located at the northern end of the Catlins coast in the Otago ...

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The Catlins coast: a spectacular and wild coast

Tautuku Beach, Catlins, New Zealand. Author and Copyright Marco Ramerini

At the southern end of New Zealand, between the coastal resorts of Kaka Point and Fortrose, there is a spectacular coastline full of natural wonders. This region of the country is known for its great climate variability. A cool temperate ...

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The hiking trails of New Zealand: The Great Walk

Hooker Valley Track, New Zealand. Author and Copyright Marco Ramerini

New Zealand is one of the most beautiful countries in the world to visit for lovers of nature and natural landscapes. The varied landscapes of New Zealand and its spectacular and varied coastline washed by the waters of the Pacific ...

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South Island of New Zealand: spectacular nature

Lake Tekapo, New Zealand. Author and Copyright Marco Ramerini

The South Island of New Zealand is the largest of the two large islands in the country, but it is also the least inhabited (151,215 km², 1,017,300 inhabitants), only 24% of New Zealanders live here. The only large city on ...

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Northland: a spectacular coast and green hills

Northland is New Zealand’s northernmost region. The territory of this region is part of the North Auckland Peninsula, a peninsula about 285 km long washed by the Tasman Sea and the Pacific Ocean. The northern end of the peninsula is ...

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Rotorua: thermal and natural wonders

Rotorua, a town with about sixty thousand inhabitants, is one of the main tourist destinations in New Zealand, famous for its geothermal activities, including geysers and boiling mud pools. The city is located along the southern shores of the lake ...

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Wellington: one of the cities with best quality of life

Wellington, the capital of New Zealand, is a city located at the southern end of the North Island, south of the Rimutaka Ranges. The city is the third urban area of the country after those of Auckland and Christchurch (about ...

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Auckland: the city of sailing boats, a cosmopolitan city

Auckland, the city of sails, is a cosmopolitan city that offers a great diversity of landscapes, numerous attractions, two wonderful ports, excellent seafood cuisine accompanied by award-winning wines, and great opportunities for purchases of all kinds. Auckland is the largest ...

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The North Island of New Zealand: volcanoes and cities

The North Island of New Zealand (113,729 km²), with nearly four million inhabitants, is the most populated island in the country (about 76% of the New Zealand population lives here), although it is smaller than the South Island ( 151,215 ...

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Flights to New Zealand: How to get to New Zealand

The plane is the fastest way to get to New Zealand, the country is about 3 and a half hours flight from the coast of Eastern Australia. Numerous airlines have flights to New Zealand, in addition to the flag carrier ...

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Samoa power plugs and sockets, telephones

SAMOA ISLANDS: DOCUMENTS All visitors to the Samoa Islands must be in possession of a passport valid for at least 6 months after the scheduled return date. For citizens of most countries of the world a visa is not necessary ...

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Tonga power plugs and sockets, telephones

TONGA: DOCUMENTS All visitors to the Tonga Islands must have a passport valid for at least 6 months after the scheduled return date. For citizens of most countries of the world a visa is not necessary if you are staying ...

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A work by Renzo Piano in Noumea, New Caledonia

In New Caledonia, just 10 minutes by car from the center of Nouméa, on the Tina Peninsula, there is the futuristic Tjibaou Cultural Center, designed by the Italian architect Renzo Piano, it is an architectural project that combines Kanak traditions ...

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Maré: the island with beautiful and wild beaches

Maré (641 km²; 5,648 inhabitants) is the southernmost island of the archipelago of the islands of Loyalty. The island is also – like the other islands in the archipelago – a raised coral atoll and is also the highest island ...

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Lifou: a raised coral atoll with beautiful beaches

Lifou (1,207 km²; 9,275 inhabitants) is the largest and most populated island in the archipelago of the islands of Loyalty, it is a raised coral atoll, where the internal lagoon has dried up due to the rise of the island. ...

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Ouvea: a coral atoll and a long beach

Ouvea (132 km²; 3,374 inhabitants (2014)) is the northernmost island of the archipelago of the Loyalty Islands. The island is therefore the warmest of all even in the local winter. Ouvea is made up of two main islands, Ouvea and ...

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New Caledonia power plugs and sockets, telephones

NEW CALEDONIA: DOCUMENTS All visitors to New Caledonia must be in possession of a passport valid for at least 6 months following the scheduled return date. The visa, for citizens of the European Union, is not necessary if you are ...

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What to see on the Isle of Pines in New Caledonia

The Isle of Pines is the main tourist destination in New Caledonia. The island is renowned for its beautiful white sand beaches overlooking turquoise bays adorned with the characteristic columnar pines (Araucaria columnaris), which make the beauty of this island ...

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Huahine: ancient Polynesian temples and crops

Huahine Island is part of the Society Islands, and is the first of the Leeward group of islands which is encountered from Tahiti and Moorea. Huahine is located 175 km northwest of Tahiti. The island is made up of two ...

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Raiatea: the sacred island of French Polynesia

Raiatea is the second largest island of the Society Islands archipelago. The capital is the town of Uturoa, which is also the administrative center of the Leeward Islands (Îles sous le Vent). This town is located in the northern part ...

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Society Islands: the prototype of the South Sea islands

The archipelago of the Society islands is the most important from the economic and demographic point of view of French Polynesia, it is divided into the Windward Islands (Îles du Vent) and Leeward Islands (Îles Sous-le-Vent). These islands are located ...

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