UNIT 6

READING

Read the text and complete the exercise.

NEW ZEALAND THE BEAUTIFUL

Many people often lose contact with nature because they are too busy. So when they go on holiday, they look for unspoilt nature. Some special areas can be found in every country or continent. New Zealand is no exception, but here the beautiful sights are everywhere. The main problem then is choosing what to do.

If you have about four months of holiday, you can walk along Te Araroa, a pathway that runs from the north to the south of New Zealand. It is 3000 km long. You will come across thick forests and green farmland. There are impressive mountain ranges and glaciers, rivers and lakes. Some parts of the coastline are rocky but you will also find sandy beaches. Many animals and plants are unique to this country.

If you don’t feel like walking, you can go on a boat tour around both islands. You can also go whale watching from the North or the South Island. The sperm whale is probably the biggest star. It can be seen all year round on the east coast of the South Island.

Water is never far away in New Zealand. Relaxing activities include diving, snorkelling, surfing or sailing. More adventurous visitors can go rafting or kayaking. But the most exciting sport to try is black-water rafting. It is practised in the north, in Waitomo Caves. Participants flow down an underground river using an inflated rubber tube. The water looks black, of course, as the only light comes from your headlamp.

A dry visit of Waitomo Caves is also available for less brave travellers. Visitors take a boat and they can admire small stars on the cave ceiling. The stars are in fact tiny animals, called glowworms, found only in New Zealand.

New Zealand, the best place for sport and nature fans, is also the world centre of adventure tourism. You can do whatever you can think of. Have you ever heard of heli-biking, river surfing or off-roading? What about abseiling or sandboarding? Why don’t you visit the Nevis swing or go jet boating? No matter what you choose, you will always discover something new and unexpected. 

Are these sentences true (T) or false (F)?

  T F
1         Modern people are connected with nature.    
2         Every part of New Zealand is very beautiful.    
3         You need about 120 days to walk along Te Araroa.    
4         There are no mountains in New Zealand.    
5         There are lots of special animals and plants.    
6         You can watch whales only from the South Island.    
7         You can do lots of water sports in New Zealand.    
8         People who go black-water rafting travel in black boats.    
9         The stars on the ceiling of the cave are actually very small lamps.    
10     Glowworms live in many different countries.    
11     You can try many unusual adventure activities in New Zealand.    

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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