New Zealand was always on the list of places where I wanted to go. So I finally made it. Everyone told me that I would be excited about it, but even in my dreams I could not imagine how much I will like it there.
The journey was long, it’s true, after all, direct flight from the Czech Republic does not exist. So I flew with Emirates, they are my favourite. I flew from Prague, via Dubai, Singapore and Melbourne to Auckland. The journey took 35 hours with connections. The return journey was a little less time consuming, just 28 hours:-)
Finally, I was on the spot … Auckland. I rent a car, checked in and explored Auckland.
The next morning I have wandered in Auckland and then I went on the road to my dream golf course Cape Kidnappers. Along the way, I admired the landscape, which I find even more green than the green color can be. Lot of sheeps everywhere. It was beautiful. After 5 hours I pulled up in Taupo, town on the edge of the largest Lake Taupo. I checked into a room with ocean view and I was off to the city. Right at the front of the hotel, I had a Hole in One Challenge, which I could not resist. An interesting attraction, when you try to hit the ball from pad on the beach to the small island off shore in water. Then I walked the beach toward the harbor and through the park to the city center. In center are plenty of restaurants to taste. I chose sushi restaurant. I ate and headed to the room.
After breakfast we had a trip on a cruise ship on Lake Taupo. The trip lasted two hours and the weather was nice, the sun was shining. After lunch, I went farther south direction. I stopped after 3 hours in Napier, to check in. And then let’s go to the beach overlooking the Cape Kidnappers. I found out that there is also Hawke`s Bay Airport. I went through the entire center, beach. I discovered that there is also Starbucks in the center and many other restaurants and cafes and shops.
Finally, the day is here when I play on a dream golf course Cape Kidnappers. Tee time 10:00 http://www.golfanddiving.com/blog/2015/04/27/cape-kidnappers-new-zealand/
|Official languages||95.9 % English
4.2 % Maori
0.6 % NZ Sign Language
|Ethnic groups (2013)||74,0 % European
14.9 % Maori
11.8 % Asian
7.4 % Pacific peoples
1.2 % Middle Eastern, Latin American, African
1.7 % Other
|Goverment||Unitary parliamentary constitutional monarchy
Monarch – Elizabeth II
Governor – General – Jerry Mateparae
Prime Minister – John Key
|Independence from the United Kingdom:||Responsible Government – 7 May 1856|
|Dominion – 26 September 1907|
|Statue of Westminster adopted – 25 November 1947|
|De sure independence – 10 December 1947|
|Population||4.242.048 (June 2014)|
New Zealand is home to 3 million people and 60 million sheep
Where Have All The Sheep Gone?
From the early 1980s, when NZ was home to over 70 million sheep, the population has declined to around 31 million (2013 data). This means the oft-quoted statistic, that NZ has 20 sheep for each human, is wrong! Nowadays it’s only about 7 to 1. This decline hasn’t stopped NZ from cornering 50% of all international trade in sheepmeat.
Unlike the human population, the majority of New Zealand’s sheep are based on the South Island, where there are more than 20 sheep for every human! The decline in the number of sheep has been caused by increasing dairy cattle numbers.
Sporting in New Zealand
According to the most recent numbers from SPARC and the NZRU, the most popular sports in New Zealand, measured by club memberships, are as follows:
• Rugby Union: 136,059
• Golf: 132,063
• Netball: 123,069
• Soccer: 105,000
• Cricket 102,759
New Zealand’s largest lake is Lake Taupo, extending to 616 square kilometres (or 238 sq miles). This makes it almost identical in size to the Caribbean island of Saint Lucia and slightly smaller than Singapore. Lake Taupo formed in the crater left behind after a supervolcano erupted 26,500 years ago.
Lake Taupo, behind the sailing boat town Taupo
There are plenty of activities and things to do in Taupo. This fantastic region has everything from lake cruises to skydiving, free hot pools to cultural experience of the Maori rock carvings, fine dining to white water rafting.
You can try your luck in Hole In One Challenge in town Taupo, winner gets 10,000$. Established in 1993 the Hole in One idea came from a conversation which was written onto the back of a beer coaster. Many years on the basic tenet has not changed. You come to the Hole in One to have fun and challenge yourself or your mates. If you get a Hole in One it’s an awesome bonus. So far we have had over 800 balls land in the 3 holes. The red flag is a normal golf hole. Ever seen on TV a Hole in One? The blue flag is a 30cm sand bunker and the white flag is a 50cm (1/2 metre) sand bunker. We are one of the cheapest activities to do in Taupo and will refund anyone who doesn’t have fun.