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See it with CAA Where to Go Now experience new Zealand and australia with caa Vacations and member choice Vacations caask.ca/travel franz JoSef Glacier New ZealaNd: Natural Paradise Rugged landscapes make New Zealand’s South Island A dream for out doorsy types Y scenery, especially aboard the Tranz- Alpine train from Christchurch to Greymouth. From there, hire a private car or book a coach tour to Hokitika Gorge and Aoraki/Mount Cook National Park—whose namesake 3,724-metre summit overlooks the turquoise waters of Lake Pukaki and the Franz Josef and Fox glaciers. Once you’ve sufficiently “gorged” on peaks and gorges, a visit to Stewart Island, an hour ferry trip south of the mainland, is an off-the-beaten-path destination that’s perfect for naturalists. Predominantly a national park, the island has just 400 human residents but 20,000 brown kiwis—plus a range of other unique sea and shorebirds like albatrosses, penguins and petrels. More than 280 kilometres of hiking trails ensure ample ornithological encounters. » ou know the crystal-blue vista of Banff ’s Moraine Lake? The frozen plain of the Columbia Icefield? Dare we say they pale in comparison to New Zealand’s dramatic terrain. Milford Sound, just one part of Fiordland National Park, is bounded by sheer cliffs and mountains. Boat and helicopter tours take visitors to gaze at Mitre Peak, Lady Bowen Falls and other natural attractions throughout the year, though visiting in October—in the midst of the Kiwis’ springtime—means you’ll enjoy longer, sunnier days without too much rain. Travelling overland nets even more Milford Sound CAA SASKATCHEWAN SummEr 2018 41