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From galcial parks to rainforests to palm-covered beaches, New Zealand's South Island packs an impressive diversity of geography into its small landmass (58,093 square miles).  
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From the northern region's sunny and dry climate, to the daily rainfall of the southwest fjords, to snow on Stewart Island, New Zealand, at any time, is a country of all seasons.  
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Found only in New Zealand, the yellow-eyed penguin (or 'hoiho,' as New Zealand's native Maori call it) is thought to have evolved 60 million years ago, possibly making it the earliest penguin species.  
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The Rainbow Warrior, a popular New Zealand dive site, memorializes tragic events in 1985. The French Secret Service bombed the Greenpeace ship while it was docked in Auckland for a nuclear site protest.  
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New Zealand's 113-square-mile Wakatipu Lake derives its name from the local legend of a goblin who lives below the surface. The five-inch rise and fall in the lake's water level is supposedly from the goblin's breathing.  
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The Southern Alps of South Island, New Zealand, are the highest mountains in Australasia. They rise to the 12,349-foot peak of Mt. Cook and contain more than 360 glaciers.  
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Before being renamed for Captain James Cook in 1851, 12,349-foot Mount Cook was known as Aorangi ('cloud piercer').  
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