Tramping, hunting, white water rafting, canoeing, fishing and all types of wilderness experiences are catered for by our tour operators. For photographers and plant lovers, the region is idyllic. Its 8300 square kilometres includes the North Island's largest stand of native forest. It also embraces one of New Zealand's most beautiful lakes,
Waikaremoana (a haven for trout fishing).
Only half an hour's drive from the city there is Eastwoodhill arboretum which botanists have confirmed as the largest collection of Northern Hemisphere tree and plant species existing in the Southern Hemisphere. Further into the hills, but on a main road, is Hackfalls arboretum which includes a collection of 35 different varieties of rare Mexican oaks. Both arboreta host plant-lovers and botanists from throughout the world.
Our high proportion of Maori people adds a further dimension – an opportunity to study their culture and tradition. Trails have been opened up to provide access to historic sites. Within the region are some of the finest examples of Maori meeting-houses with their elaborate Waihirere Maori concert group was chosen to travel to London to perform in the concert at the Royal Albert Hall celebrating the 50th birthday of Dame Kiri Te Kanawa, who began her singing development in Gisborne.
Painters, poets and potters abound, attracted to the region both by the relaxed lifestyle and by the mystique of its Maori culture which influences much of the art.
Guangzhou’s subway opened in 1997 and quickly became indispensable. With 144 stations, it’s the third busiest system in China—and the most scandal ridden. In 2005, the operating company came under fire for allowing employees and their relatives to ride for free. In 2010, another scandal erupted around alleged fraud in quality inspections. A sinkhole that developed in January 2013 at a subway construction site consumed several houses. And the latest uproar occurred in June 2013 after construction work destroyed 2,000- to 3,000-year-old underground tombs.