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CNNGo Down South, New Zealand: Tiny penguins, pristine beaches
This month's CNNGo TV adventure explores the gourmet scene, wildlife and breathtaking natural wonders on NZ's South Island
It's home to both the northern royal albatross and the world's tiniest penguins.
It produces some of the world's great outdoor experiences.
And CNNGo is heading there this month.
"There" means south to explore New Zealand's Otago Region.
Though Otago is more known as a winter destination, CNNGo's guests -- from a mountain biker to a fashion designer -- explain why summer in Otago is fast becoming popular with visitors.
Skyline Gondola and Queenstown Bike Park
Visitors can enjoy views of Queenstown while riding the Skyline Gondola to Bob’s Peak.
There, they can then choose one of 13 mountain bike trails for an adrenaline-fueled trip back down.
Skyline Queenstown, Brecon Street, Queenstown; +64 3 441 0101; Skyline Gondola, NZD$27 ($22)/Bike lift from NZD60 ($50)
A former gold mining settlement, Arrowtown has a lot of charm on its main street.
You can stop into The Fork and Tap for locally foraged cuisine.
In summer, a bag of cherries and a picnic by the river is as local as it gets.
Arrowtown, Otago, Queenstown
Lake Wanaka Outlet Track
You don’t have to be a professional triathlete to enjoy the views at Lake Wanaka.
Runners and bikers can explore the area on a three-kilometer track along the Clutha River between the Lake Wanaka outlet and Hikuwai Reserve in Albert Town.
The path is baby stroller friendly.
Lake Wanaka Outlet Track, between Outlet Motor Camp, Lake Wanaka outlet and Hikuwai Reserve, Albert Town
Mou Waho Island
Natural history is the lure on this tiny, untouched island in the middle of Lake Wanaka.
Chris Riley of Eco Wanaka tours has years of experience spotting rare creatures, including the curious buff wekas, a chicken-sized bird classified as a vulnerable species.
Eco Wanaka offers a 90-minute Lake Wanaka Cruise (NZD195/$160) and eight-hour Island Nature Walk (NZD390/$320); +64 3 443 2869
Royal Albatross Center
This is the place to see the northern royal albatross and its three-meter wingspan in action.
It's best to go on a windy day -- these big birds can’t take off without a good gust.
It’s worth staying until the sun goes down to see the blue penguin (the world's smallest) return to shore after a day fishing in the ocean.
Up to a hundred of these tiny penguins can be seen waddling on the shore daily.
Royal Albatross Centre, 1260 Harington Point Road, Queenstown; +64 3 478 0499; Albatross Classic tour costs NZD39 ($32)
Kelly McGarry -- professional mountain biker, known for executing back-flips during the Red Bull rampage.
Duncan Forsyth -- Mount Edward Winery.
Nicky Samuels -- Olympic triathlete and 2013 Xterra World Champion.
Chris Riley -- Eco Wanaka.
Simon Kaan -- artist.
Margi Robertson -- designer, Nom*d.
Kelly Lindsay -- Green Man Brewery.
"Background Noise" -- The Chills
"Boy Dust" -- Paul Winders And The Goodness
"Bubblewrap" -- Two Cartoons
"C.O" -- Paul Winders And The Goodness
"Dreams" -- Two Cartoons
"Let's Go" -- Onanon
"Paratai Drive" -- The Verlaines
"Scientific Life" -- Two Cartoons
"Take me to the railway by the sea" -- Delgirl
"Tiny Terror"s -- Two Cartoons
courtesy of DunedinMusic.com