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A Traveller’s Guide to the Seven Wonders of the Natural World

27th March 2020

Now more than ever, it's important for us Kiwis as well as everyone else in the world to keep our travel desire burning. At Travel Money NZ, we’re more traveller than banker, and we can’t wait to travel with you again. In the meantime, what better way to reignite your travel day-dreaming than by having a squizz at the 7 Wonders of the Natural World. We kicked this series off by looking at the New Seven Wonders. After being cooped up inside, we thought it would only be fitting to explore the Seven Wonders of the Natural World next.


Mount Everest

For those of you living under a rock (or a mountain), Mount Everest is the highest mountain above sea level (8,848 meters), located in the Himalayas straddling Nepal and Tibet. This destination is not for everyone. Most climb Everest from the Nepal side, trekking for around 10 days to the Base Camp. You must then spend a few weeks acclimating to the altitude, and then hike for around 40 days to the summit. This is quite a dangerous holiday, and will also set you back between $50,000-$170,000.Wowee. For those of us who aren’t up for that (I most certainly am not) there are several ways to see Everest by plane. This sounds much more comfortable and will only set you back around $400.

The Great Barrier Reef

The Great Barrier reef is the world’s largest coral reef system made up of over 2,900 individual reefs and 900 islands, and is so large you can see it from space. After the bushfires at the start of this year, we really encourage you to visit local tourists spots such as The Great Barrier Reef. You can dive, snorkel, sail and experience scenic flights to explore this amazing wonder. Make sure you load up your Cash Passport Platinum with all the Aussie Dollars you’ll need to take in this stunning sight across the ditch.

Victoria Falls

Do go chasing Victoria Falls. Victoria Falls is the world’s largest waterfall, located on the Zambezi River in Southern Africa. It provides habitat to several unique species of plants and animals. You can take in the power of this giant shower directly or from a helicopter, or spice it up by rafting through it or bungee jumping over it. This sounds pretty good after being cooped up inside.

The Grand Canyon

It’s grand, and it’s a canyon. Need we say more? The Grand Canyon is located in Arizona and is about two billion years old, about half the age of the Earth. The vast open spaces of The Grand Canyon sound highly appealing, and we recommend you view this wonder at either sunrise or sunset for the full movie self-realisation experience.


Harbor of Rio de Janerio

Also known as Guanabara Bay, the harbour is the largest bay in the world based on the volume of water it contains. That’s sure to be a lot of H2O. The bay is surrounded by granite monoliths and Sugar Loaf Mountain (yummy) and is overlooked by the famous Christ the Redeemer statue, which is one of the <seven wonders of the world>. Rio really does have it all, Ariba!

Aurora Borealis

More commonly known as The Northern Lights, this natural phenomenon of nature’s fireworks can be tricky to see. You can glimpse this light show in a variety of locations such as Iceland, Alaska, Canada and Norway. However, along with a fair bit of planning, you will also need a fair bit of luck in the form of weather, timing and light pollution. If you’re unlucky like me, you will travel to Iceland incredibly hungover to see the lights, but all you’ll get is a faint skid-mark on the sky. Fun but disappointing.


Parícutin Volcano

Parícutin Volcano is located in Mexico, and at its peak is 2,800 meters above sea level. The volcano is only 80 years old, born in 1943, a farmer was ploughing his cornfield when the ground began to quake and spurt steam, sparks and hot ash. The volcano began to rise from the earth and a year later it had reached an elevation of 410 meters above the farms, with its lava flooding the nearby villages. Thankfully the lava was a slow flow, and the villagers were able to escape. This giant natural pimple is an impressive sight, and you can hike or ride horses to explore this wonder. Horses cost around 500MXN a day, so make sure you have plenty of pesos on you.


The 7 Wonders of the Natural World are just what the doctor ordered for some outdoorsy travel inspo. At Travel Money NZ, we have already started planning our next holiday, and visualising ourselves in these great natural open spaces.

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