Auckland’s Waitemata harbour erupted with boat horns and cheers as the host team – Emirates Team New Zealand – scored a decisive 3-1 victory over top challenger Alinghi in the Louis Vuitton Pacific Series on Saturday (14.02.09).
As Emirates Team New Zealand and Alinghi set sail in the final stages of the inaugural Louis Vuitton Pacific Series, the chances of the international yachting event happening again – and in Auckland - are growing stronger by the day.
Tourists at the Tasman Glacier terminal face, in Aoraki Mount Cook national park, witnessed a three-metre high wave as a giant iceberg plunged from the glacier into the terminal lake on Tuesday (10.02.09).
With selection of a New Zealand woman to ski to the South Pole in next year’s Commonwealth Women’s Antarctic expedition in the final stages, two Kiwi hopefuls are enduring arduous training in sweltering heat to prepare for life on the ice.
A bumper 2008 ski season - with plenty of snow and international tourists boosting visitor numbers to record levels – has New Zealand’s ski tourism industry in a positive frame for the 2009 winter season.