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New Zealand – Pancake Rocks

Pancake Rocks, Punakaiki, New Zealand
Pancake Rocks, Punakaiki, New Zealand

Punakaiki Pancake Rocks and Blowholes, in South Island, are very famous touristic attraction. These limestone formations are really unique and look exactly as its name says, like a huge pile of pancakes. There is one path, so you can spend a while walking around. And some rocks look not only like pancakes but like animals… made of pancakes. 馃榾

This place is very interesting. Put it on your list while planning your New Zealand adventure. 馃檪

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Dzisiejsze zdj臋cie przedstawia kolejn膮, znan膮 nowozelandzk膮 atrakcj臋 turystyczn膮. To tzw. Punakaiki Pancake Rocks i Blowholes, czyli ska艂y, kt贸re wygl膮daj膮 jak nale艣niki, a czasem nawet jak zwierz臋ta zbudowane z nale艣nik贸w. 馃槈 Zdecydowanie warto wybra膰 si臋 tam na spacer i podziwia膰 te niesamowite formacje!

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New Zealand – On the way

"on the way", South Island, New Zealand
“on the way”, South Island, New Zealand

Today’s picture belongs to my category “on the way”. I don’t know how your road trips look like, but we often stop somewhere just because of an amazing view. We have some planned stops, but there is always time for unexpected pauses. 馃槈

This picture was taken on the South Island, New Zealand. We were driving and as always an unknown place called us to stop and gaze. 馃槈

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Dzisiejsze zdj臋cie zaliczam do kategorii “w drodze”. Nie wiem jak wygl膮da Wasze zwiedzanie (z samochodem), ale my cz臋sto si臋 zatrzymujemy aby podziwia膰 napotkane widoki. Oczywi艣cie mamy zaplanowane miejsca, kt贸re obowi膮zkowo chcemy odwiedzi膰, jednak cz臋sto mijana okolica bardzo nas zachwyca, a wr臋cz zach臋ca aby zrobi膰 sobie kr贸tk膮 przerw臋.

To zdj臋cie zosta艂o wykonane w艂a艣nie przy takiej okazji, czyli gdzie艣 w drodze, na Po艂udniowej Wyspie Nowej Zelandii.

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New Zealand – Lake Matheson

Lake Matheson, New Zealand
Lake Matheson, New Zealand

Lake Matheson nearby the Fox Glacier is known for its picturesque view of Mount Cook and Mount Tasman.
Take a nice walk around the lake; it’s only a bit more than 3 km, not demanding, and besides enjoying the lake and ferns, you will be rewarded at about halfway and if the weather not forbids with amazing mirror views of NZ highest mountains.

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Je偶eli macie troch臋 czasu, a zwiedzili艣cie ju偶 g艂贸wne atrakcje w okolicach lodowca Fox, warto wybra膰 si臋 nad jezioro Matheson. Jezioro mo偶na obej艣膰 dooko艂a. Nie jest to d艂ugi spacer, tylko troch臋 ponad 3 km, a zapewnia pi臋kne widoki na g贸ry. Jezioro te偶 jest znane z ciekawych odbi膰, ale do tego pogoda musi nam sprzyja膰. 馃槈

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New Zealand – Lupins

Lupins , New Zealand
Lupins , New Zealand

Do you know lupins flowers? I think in many countries you can see colorful fields of lupins, but I always connect them with Iceland and New Zealand. It looks very spectacular when an entire meadow is covered by blossoming lupins of different colors of pinkish and bluish.

For me lupins meadow looks great just like that, but in New Zealand it’s never just like that. There were always great mountains nearby, or lakes, or horses… always beautiful!

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Jestem pewna, 偶e wi臋kszo艣膰 z Was zna 艂ubin, zgadza si臋? Te pi臋kne, kolorowe kwiaty rosn膮 w wielu krajach, cho膰 mi zawsze b臋d膮 si臋 kojarzy膰 z Islandi膮 i Now膮 Zelandi膮. 馃檪
Uwielbiam patrze膰 i fotografowa膰 ogromne pola 艂ubinu o rozmaitych odcieniach niebieskiego i r贸偶u.

Dodatkowo, w Nowej Zelandii pola 艂ubinu by艂y zawsze otoczone przez niesamowite g贸ry, albo le偶a艂y w pobli偶u jezior. Innym razem spotkali艣my stado koni odpoczywaj膮ce w kwiatach, pi臋kny widok!

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New Zealand – Milford Sound

Milford Sound, New Zealand
Milford Sound, New Zealand

Milford Sound is probably one of the most famous sites in New Zealand. It’s a fiord on South Island, that is surrounded by steep cliffs and dense rainforest. It’s so unique, that pictures from Milford Sound can be easily recognized. 馃檪

To enjoy Milford Sound you can simply take a boat trip, and spend a few hours on the calm waters. The other option is more adventurous – you can do a few days long hike (also called tramping). In both cases, I guess, your camera will be busy capturing the beauty.

As you see from the picture, it’s quite a rainy place. Moreover, we met there a huge number of biting sandflies… besides this, it’s a lovely area. 馃檪

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Milford Sound jest prawdopodobnie najs艂ynniejsz膮 atrakcj膮 Nowej Zelandii. To fiord na Wyspie Po艂udniowej, kt贸ry jest otoczony przez strome klify i g臋sty las deszczowy. Milford Sound jest bardzo charakterystycznym miejscem, kt贸re bez problemu mo偶e zosta膰 rozpoznane na zdj臋ciach.

Aby podziwia膰 Milford Sound najlepiej wybra膰 si臋 na kilkugodzinn膮 wycieczk臋 statkiem po fiordzie albo kilkudniowy trekking. W obu przypadkach Wasze aparaty b臋d膮 mia艂y co robi膰. 馃槈

Warto jednak wiedzie膰, 偶e Milford Sound znajduje si臋 w bardzo wilgotnym miejscu, i jak sugeruje dzisiejsze zdj臋cie deszcz nie nale偶y tam do rzadko艣ci. Co wi臋cej, w okolicach Milford Sound spotkali艣my ogromn膮 ilo艣膰 uci膮偶liwych muszek… pomijaj膮c ten fakt, jest tam pi臋knie. 馃檪

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New Zealand – Moeraki Boulders

Moeraki Boulders, New Zealand
Moeraki Boulders, New Zealand

The Moeraki Boulders are large, spherical boulders lying Koekohe Beach, in New Zealand. Their size ranges from 0.5 up to 2.2 meters in diameter. They weight up to several tones and consist of mud, fine silt and clay, cemented by calcite. They were formed around 60 million years ago.

I think, it’s the most stunning beach in New Zealand. 馃檪

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Moeraki Boulders to ogromne, okr膮g艂e ska艂y, kt贸re znajduj膮 si臋 na pla偶y Koekohe, w Nowej Zelandii. Maj膮 艣rednice od oko艂o p贸l metra do 2,2 metr贸w, a wa偶膮 nawet kilka ton. Powsta艂y prawdopodobnie 60 milion贸w lat temu.

Jakkolwiek niesamowite si臋 wydaj膮, taka te偶 jest ta pla偶a. Nie przesadz臋 m贸wi膮c, 偶e to najbardziej wyj膮tkowa pla偶a jak膮 widzia艂am!

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New Zealand – Waipoua forest

Big trees in Waipoua forest, New Zealand
Big trees in Waipoua forest, New Zealand

Amongst the evergreen trees in New Zealand you may want to have a look at so-called kauri trees growing on the most northern part of New Zealand. Some of them reach 40 – 50 meters height and have trunk diameters over 5 meters.

The most famous of these forests is called Waipoua Forest.
You’ll find there extremely huge and old kauri trees. The most famous trees have even their names: Tane Mahuta (The Lord of the Forest) and Te Matua Ngahere (Father of the Forest). They may be as old as 3000 years!

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Dzisiaj kolejny post o drzewach w Nowej Zelandii. By艂y ju偶 paprocie, drzewa zdeformowane przez wiatr, a dzi艣 kilka s艂贸w na temat najwi臋kszych drzew w Nowej Zelandii, tzw. kauri. Rosn膮 one na P贸艂nocnej Wyspie. Drzewa kauri osi膮gaj膮 wysoko艣膰 oko艂o 40 – 50 m, a ich pie艅 mo偶e mie膰 艣rednic臋 5 m.

Najs艂ynniejszy las z drzewami kauri to tzw. Las Waipoua. Znajdziecie tam wyj膮tkowe osobniki, kt贸re nawet maj膮 swoje imiona, np. ro艣nie tam Tane Mahuta (W艂adca Lasu) oraz Te Matua Ngahere (Ojciec Lasu). Ich wiek szacuje si臋 na prawie 3000 lat!

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New Zealand – Windswept Trees

Windswept Trees, New Zealand
Windswept Trees, New Zealand

In some places, not only in New Zealand, wind is strong enough to reshape trees. People call them windswept trees (today’s picture).

The most famous place like that in New Zealand is the Slope Point. But it’s not the only one, you’ll find windswept trees in other places as well, especially along the coastline. These trees look really spectacular, a bit like dead or artificial trees. 馃檪

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W niekt贸rych miejscach Nowej Zelandii, wiatr jest tak silny, 偶e zmienia kszta艂t drzew i wyznacza w jaki spos贸b rosn膮. Na dzisiejszym zdj臋ciu widzicie fragment takich smaganych wiatrem drzew, wszystkie s膮 skierowane w jedn膮 stron臋 i wygl膮daj膮 wr臋cz jak martwe albo sztuczne…

Najs艂ynniejsze takie miejsce ze “zdeformowanymi drzewami” w Nowej Zelandii to tzw. “Slope Point”. Jednak to nie jedyne miejsce w Nowej Zelandii, przy wybrze偶ach, szczeg贸lnie tych nara偶onych na silniejsze wiatry, wyst臋puj膮 te niesamowite drzewa.

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New Zealand – Sunset

Sunset nearby Wellington, New Zealand
Sunset nearby Wellington, New Zealand

I think almost everywhere in New Zealand, you can enjoy sunset or sunrise. This picture was taken nearby Wellington. We’re searching for a good spot with a nice view, before sun goes down. 馃檪

Do you chase sometimes sunsets? Like going a few kilometers further to get the perfect spot?

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Wellington otoczone jest 艂adnymi wzg贸rzami oraz pla偶ami, na kt贸rych mo偶na spotka膰 pingwiny. Niestety tym razem nam si臋 nie uda艂o, jedynie porobili艣my zdj臋cia znakom drogowym, kt贸re przestrzegaj膮 kierowc贸w o mo偶liwo艣ci spotkania pingwina. 馃槈

W ka偶dym razie, taka okolica zapewnia urocze miejsca na zachody s艂o艅ca. Szukali艣my wi臋c najlepszego punktu widokowego aby zd膮偶y膰 przed zachodem. I uda艂o si臋, nic nam nie przes艂ania艂o widoku, gdy nagle zachodz膮ce s艂o艅ce nada艂o ciep艂ych kolor贸w naszemu widoczkowi. Przez te kilkana艣cie minut zielona okolica nabra艂a jesiennych barw. 馃檪

Gonicie czasem za zachodem s艂o艅ca, np. wiedz膮c, 偶e jak przejdzie si臋 jeszcze kawa艂ek to b臋dzie “idealny” widok?

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