Alluring Akaroa: The Giant's House and Manderley Sheep Farm
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New Zealand is a mixed bag – rustic yet sophisticated, historical yet modern. The landscape of the stunning Banks Peninsula is a result of ancient volcanic activity, and a number of sleepy towns were born at the volcano's base. Get a peek into one of them as you tour Akaroa, a seaside town on a sheltered harbor outside Christchurch.
Akaroa retains its charming French colonial roots. Its natural beauty is muse to many and provides inspiration to the artisan culture that thrives there. Painter and sculptor Josie Martin created one of the area's most whimsical and endearing attractions – the Giant's House. Built of native totara and kauri wood in 1880 for the town's first bank manager, the house is filled with many extraordinary features, including a grand entrance hall, eye-popping sculpture garden, fantastic mosaics, and an art gallery. Visitors rave, saying it's "like walking through a dream."
The connection New Zealanders have to their land is nothing short of magical. Lucky you (or should I say ewe?) – you get to experience some of this magic as you step inside one of New Zealand's most important agricultural industries – sheep farming. Share a cup of tea with your welcoming hosts and prepare to be amazed at the agility of the sheep dogs who show off their impressive herding skills for you. And no visit to Manderley Farm would be complete without a visit to the sheep shearing shed (say that three times fast). All in all, not a "baaa-d" way to spend a day!
Shrek, the rebel sheep of New Zealand
One of the world's most famous – and certainly wooliest – sheep was a New Zealander. Shrek, as he was named, avoided sheering for seven years by hiding out in caves on his South Island farm. Once discovered in 2004, he was carting around nearly 60 pounds of wool on his tiny body! Naturally, Shrek became a national icon with appearances on a number of television shows. Sadly, he's now gone to the great green pasture in the sky.
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