Given its ever-changing (yet ever-lush) landscapes, it’s no surprise that New Zealand is home to some of the world’s most successful outdoor enterprises and large scale film productions. Videographers spent three weeks traversing the island’s terrains to produce this stunning work.
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Thousands of local and international guests visit New Zealand’s Waitomo Glowworm Caves each year. The iridescent caves, which have been around for centuries, are particularly striking due to the glowworm species that covers the ceilings and lights up the space like stars in the night sky.
In 1887, local Maori Chief Tane Tinorau and English surveyor Fred Mace first explored the Waitomo Glowworm Caves. To navigate the caves, they built a raft of flax stems and floated through, quickly becoming mesmerized by the glowing ceiling. It took many return trips for Tinorau and Mace to discover the cave’s land entrance on the second level.
As they say, the best lighting is natural. Found exclusively in New Zealand, the Waitomo Caves get their twinkling charm from Arachnocampa luminosa, whose luminescence guides tourists from around the world on a daily basis.
Nestled at the foot of the Southern Alps in New Zealand, Wanaka is the perfect resort destination if nearby Queenstown proves too populated. Come whenever you’d like, winter or spring: from ski fields to paragliding, Wanaka’s got it all.
Don’t let the Oz-esque colors deceive you. The emerald lakes you see above are nestled within New Zealand’s imposing Mount Tongariro, a compound volcano and one of the three active volcanoes that dominate the North Island’s landscape.
In New Zealand, tourism is a national institution contributing $15 billion to its GDP in 2010. And after watching this video, it’s easy to see why.