Running through the land of Hobbits and Kiwis – Your New Zealand Contrast Run
Do you ever wish you were on a desert island? Surrounded by vast green landscapes, mountains, raging rivers, waterfalls and the sea? If all this sounds like music to your ears, you should join us on our way to the "green island" in the Pacific Ocean! From 19-21.11. we will enjoy nature and biodiversity with you at the New Zealand Kiwi Run!
The dream of 1001 islands
New Zealand consists of two main islands in the south and north and more than 700 smaller islands spread along the coast. Of the approximately 5 million inhabitants of New Zealand, about 2/3 live on the northern main island - it is the most densely populated and also the capital Wellington is located on the North Island. The main islands are separated by a strait, the Cook Strait. But if you want to change islands, you don't have to jump into the cold water and swim, you can reach your destination several times a day on dry feet by ferry. The strait was named after the discoverer and navigator James Cook. So your running route in New Zealand can turn into a real island hopping!
Kiwi in a different way
While we think of the word kiwi as a furry fruit with green flesh and a sweet and sour taste, the term has another important meaning in New Zealand. The kiwi is a small, flightless and nocturnal, roundish bird that is not only the national bird of New Zealand, but also the namesake of some New Zealand products. Even the inhabitants themselves call themselves "Kiwis", in reference to the island dweller. He is also the reason why the "Chinese gooseberry" is known to us Europeans not as such, but as kiwi. The New Zealanders were the first to cultivate the fruit outside of Asia and sold it without further ado under the name kiwi - an allusion to the exterior of the kiwi bird.
Of chiefs and warriors
Long before European settlers set foot on the island, Maori from Polynesia docked their boats on the beaches of New Zealand over 1000 years ago. To this day, their customs, culture and language are firmly rooted in the New Zealand way of life. The traditional tattoos, the Tā-moko, are known worldwide. What many people don't know is that these are not just body decorations, but that there is a meaning behind each motif. The patterns symbolize experiences and tell of the culture and origin of the wearer. Some also have a spiritual background.
Of green landscapes and hobbits
Whoever comes to New Zealand can expect an almost endless number of impressions. Nevertheless, you can also find quiet corners on the island in the Pacific where you can let everything sink in unfiltered. It's not for nothing that the makers of the Hobbit movies chose the impressive green landscape as the idyllic Shire, the home of the Hobbits. Your run through the New Zealand countryside will be one of the most spectacular. Not only can you enjoy the forces of nature and picturesque landscapes here, but you can also enjoy a run in total tranquility. Due to the sparse population, you can run through stretches of untouched natural scenery without meeting other people - though there may be a hobbit hiding behind the next hill.
No matter if you want to take a refreshing bath in a natural lake during a break, if you prefer the sound of the sea, if a herd of kiwis accompanies you on the course, or if you just want to be alone with your thoughts - on our New Zealand Kiwi Run, you are one with nature!
Let us take you on an imaginary trip to Kiwi-Land, New Zealand! Most of us know the magnificent landscape from the Lord of the rings trilogy but the country has so much more to offer - a rich culture, amazing food and modern cities.
Be part of this exclusive event and join us now!
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