Todd: So Kate, if somebody had a month to spend in New Zealand where do you recommend they go and what do you recommend they do?
Kate: Well most often you will fly into Auckland airport so you can start off in Auckland whch is a nice big city, however the most important thing about New Zealand is the smaller countryside parts of New Zealand, so you should go up to the north… past… further north than Auckland. Go to the beautiful beaches and you can go all the way up to a place called ‘Cape Reinga’ which is the very top of New Zealand. From there you can see the Pacific ocean.
Todd: Sounds nice.
Kate: Yeah, it’s very beautiful.
Todd: How long do you recommend someone stays there?
Kate: Just stay there maybe only a couple of days, maybe a week maximum at the top of New Zealand. Just get to see some beaches and the top of the north island, Cape Reinga.’ And then travel down the island by car or just hire a car or a camper van. You can just sleep in the camper van or on the camping ground and one, it’s cheap and it’s a lot more fun with your friends.
Todd: Sounds like a good time. So when you go camping, when you move down the islands, the north island or the south island, what do you recommend that they see or do?
Kate: Well definitely go to the national park. It’s called Tongarigo national park. It’s where Lord of the Rings was filmed.
Todd: Oh woah!
Kate: And I’m sure if you’ve seen that movie you can.. you know the beautiful scenery that was there. Really amazing.
Todd: Good deal. So besides Auckland are there any other cities that people should see?
Kate: Then you can go down to Wellington, the capital city and you can just see the museum and the harbour. Just the museums. That’s the main thing.
Todd: Ok well, sounds like a nice country to visit. I would definitely go!
Well most often you will fly into Auckland airport so you can start off in Auckland.
'Start off' is another way to say begin. Notice the following:
- The day started off sunny, but in the afternoon it rained.
- When you start off learning a new language it may be difficult.
The most important thing about New Zealand is the smaller countryside parts of New Zealand.
The 'countryside' is the area outside of the city. It is usually very natural, with few buildings and houses. Notice the following:
- Although it is boring for some people, I prefer to live in the countryside.
- On the weekends, we go to the countryside to escape the noise of the city.
A place called ‘Cape Reinga’ which is the very top of New Zealand.
The 'very top' of a country is the place that is the furthest north, or the northern border. Notice the following:
- At the very top of the world there is always ice.
- The countries at the very top of South America are usually warm.
Hire a car or a camper van.
A 'camper van' is a van, or very large car, which has space to sleep and maybe to cook. You can use it to go on vacations if you don't want to sleep in a hotel or a tent. Notice the following:
- They drove their camper van from Canada to Mexico last year.
- There is only space in the camper van for 4 people.
It’s where Lord of the Rings was filmed.
To 'film' something is to make a video or movie of it. Another way to say 'filmed' is 'recorded.' Notice the following:
- My parents filmed me a lot when I was a child.
- She didn't know that he filmed the party until she saw the video.