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December 3, 2011
Melanie Barrow was traveling in New Zealand with her two daughters last summer after spending two years stationed at Camp Walker, a U.S. Army base in South Korea. While visiting Kaikoura, a seaside town on South Island known for its eco-tourism, she happened upon this stretch of jagged, extraterrestrial-like coastline. "The geology itself is fascinating and looks like something out of a sci-fi movie," she said. The Fort Polk, La., resident used a Sony Alpha 330. View past photos we've featured . To upload your own, visit our reader travel photo gallery . When you upload your photo, tell us where it was taken and when.
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ENTERTAINMENT
November 28, 2012 | By Patrick Kevin Day
"The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey" had its long-expected party in Wellington, the capital city of New Zealand, on Wednesday. Thousands of fans lined the blocks-long red carpet to greet director Peter Jackson and his cast of dwarfs, hobbits and wizards. Wellington's Embassy Theater was decorated to look like a hobbit house as cast members Martin Freeman, Cate Blanchett, Andy Serkis and Hugo Weaving in addition to Gandalf's band of dwarfs soaked in the fan adoration. Director James Cameron and his wife, Suzy Amis, also attended the event.
TRAVEL
September 15, 2013 | By Jane Wooldridge
Whether it's the loping blue hills of Appalachia rising from a morning mist or the majesty of Alaska's Mt. McKinley piercing the clouds, mountains bring me peace. The clichés come to life: The steely rock seems solid and safe, the sheer size of each pinnacle a reminder of personal insignificance. But it's the simple beauty of frosted peaks against a luminescent blue sky that is the best soother, a martini and a hand smoothed across the brow rolled into one. The most potent tranquilizer: recollections of a visit to New Zealand's Southern Alps.
NEWS
April 21, 2013
Auckland, New Zealand, anyone? You can fly round trip on Hawaiian Airlines from LAX for $949, including all taxes and fees. The fares are subject to availability for departures Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays through Aug. 30 (July departures are scarce) and returns Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays through Sept. 17. Info: Hawaiian Airlines , (800) 367-5320 Source : Airfarewatchdog Follow us on Twitter @latimestravel , like us on Facebook @Los Angeles Times Travel.
ENTERTAINMENT
March 4, 2013 | By Meg James
News Corp. plans to exit New Zealand as part of the company's larger mission to simplify its sprawling holdings. The company, controlled by mogul Rupert Murdoch, announced over the weekend that News Limited, its Australian subsidiary, intends to divest its 44% stake in Sky Network Television Limited, which is the leading pay-TV service in New Zealand. The shares have a value of about $670 million, according to published reports. The stock is expected to be sold to institutional and retail investors.
SPORTS
November 26, 2013 | By Eric Sondheimer
 One of the stars for Venice High this season is a foreign-exchange student from New Zealand , James Cherrington. The 6-foot-1, 216-pound 17-year-old has six sacks playing defensive end. Not bad for someone who showed up last January having never played football. He was a rugby player coming to America to experience a year of Southern California culture. “I love it. There's nothing like it,” he said of his football experience. If he can help Venice knock off Crenshaw on Friday in a City Section Division I semifinal, he'll get the chance to play in the City championship game.
WORLD
January 9, 2009
WORLD
August 5, 2013 | By Kathleen McLaughlin, This post has been corrected. See the note below for details
BEIJING -- Revelations by a New Zealand dairy company that its exports could contain toxic bacteria have sent shock waves across Asia -- perhaps nowhere more so than in China, where officials announced a recall of potentially tainted powdered milk over the weekend. The news has shaken Chinese parents, who have grown to trust foreign formula brands over anything produced locally. Thousands of Chinese babies were sickened and several died in 2008 after drinking domestically produced formula that had been spiked with melamine , a compound used in making plastics that allowed watered-down milk to pass quality tests.
SPORTS
August 2, 2012 | By Kevin Baxter
LONDON — Here's a stat New Zealand might be interested in going into Friday's Olympic soccer quarterfinal against the unbeaten U.S. women's team: The U.S. has lost only two of the 98 games in which Abby Wambach has scored at least one goal. And Wambach has scored in each of the Americans' three games in this tournament. So you can do the math. But New Zealand captain Rebecca Smith, who was born in Los Angeles and attended Chadwick School in Rancho Palos Verdes, figures her team will show up for the game in Newcastle anyway.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 4, 1989 | From Reuters
An earthquake with a 4.5 magnitude shook the New Zealand capital on Tuesday, but police said there were no reports of injuries or damage.
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