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JULY 31, 2000 VOL. 156 NO. 4

How to See Paradise with the Help of a Paddle
If you're a novice looking to get your paddle wet for the first time, consider heading to Thailand

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New Zealand is careful not to let too many tourists invade its sub-Antarctic islands. Along with the much more frequently visited Galapagos, these islands are among the most environmentally delicate in the world. So Zegrahm Expeditions, a Seattle adventure-travel company, is fortunate to have won a five-year concession to take customers on boat trips to see the region's sea lions, flightless teals, banded dotterels and Snares tomtits—plus extremely rare penguin species such as the fiordland crested. Besides taking in remote isles, the two-week journey circumnavigates South Island, starting and ending in Christchurch. Even that well-developed island has large expanses of wilderness left. Book well ahead, since few spots are available. The Natural Wonders of New Zealand expedition operates January 8—23, 2001. Prices start at $7,390 per person. Phone 1-206 285-4000 or visit the website at

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