Wednesday, March 16, 2022

Celebration of colours: A look at the mesmerizing palette of New Zealand this Holi

 Mumbai, 14th March, 2022:  Colours hold a tremendous significance in Holi, one of the most loved and treasured Indian festivals. They add life and vitality to the festival, making it the most vibrant of all. Colours are the bearers of joy and laughter and are undoubtedly the most important parts of the Holi festival. 

New Zealand, home to picturesque landscapes has a unique colour palette of its own. Every landscape has a colourful story that is sure to amaze you. From soft blue sky to lush green forests, from warm yellow sunsets to pure white mountain peaks, colours add a touch of beauty to life. 

This Holi we highlight few New Zealand landscapes that are sure to paint your world with colours:

I. Redwoods forest - Red

Red signifies passion, power, auspiciousness, and strength. The colour holds a huge significance in Indian culture and families. When it comes to red, Redwoods Forest in New Zealand is a sight to behold. The name ‘redwood’ comes from the vibrant red colour of the tree’s heartwood. Known to locals simply as ‘The Redwoods’, the 55,000ha Whakarewarewa Forest is a playground for mountain bikers, walkers, hikers and horse riders set amongst magnificent stands of towering Californian Redwoods, lush native forest and exotic trees. There is an enchanting light display with the 40 minutes long Nightlights treewalk that features 34 exquisite lanterns illuminating the forest walkway.

II. The Blue Pools, Haast Pass - Blue

Blue is the colour that represents water as well as the sky. Therefore, this colour represents calm and serenity.  New Zealand is full of pristine lakes and clear rivers. The Blue Pools in New Zealand is known to display blue at its best. Wander through beautiful native forests and over a swing bridge to experience the pristine waters of Makarora River's Blue Pools. The Blue Pools are probably the most popular stop on the in Haast Pass as they're stunning. Bluer than blue, on a sunny day, when the sun hits the glacially fed water, they shimmer a shade of blue that looks unnatural. Named one of the best short walks by the Department of Conservation they are an easy flat walk to the swing bridges, and you can often see trout in the crystal-clear water. 

III. Mount Cook – White

Peace is symbolized by the colour white. The colour white is worn on Holi to symbolize brotherhood and humanity. White is glorified through the pristine white snow on the Mount Cook, also known as Aoraki. Aoraki Mount Cook National Park offers the best mountain and glacial scenery in New Zealand. One can fly alongside the Southern Alps and view the breathtaking landscape of the Tasman Valley. It’s a remarkable experience to stand in snow amongst the mountains as you take in a spectacular view of New Zealand's highest peak, Mount Cook during a flight to a memorable snow landing. 

IV. Yellow eyed penguin - Yellow

The colour yellow is upbeat, cheerful, and enlightening. An upbeat, youthful colour that embodies hope and positivity just like New Zealand’s hoiho, or yellow-eyed penguin. It is regarded as one of the rarest species in the world. It is distinguished by its vivid yellow eye band. Yellow-eyed penguins are commonly found on the Otago Peninsula, just south of Dunedin and round the Catlins region.

V. Hamilton Gardens - Green

Green, the colour of life, renewal, nature, and energy, is associated with meanings of growth, harmony, freshness, and environment.  Earthy hues are often associated with Mother Earth, which is why they're considered calming and universal. The colour green is most often found in nature, symbolizing verdant  foliage, lush greenery, and vast landscapes. One is sure to be surrounded by the colour green in New Zealand’s Hamilton Gardens. One of the Waikato region's most visited attractions, Hamilton Gardens hasn't been developed in the manner of conventional botanic gardens. Instead, it explores the relationships between people and plants, telling the story of gardens through different civilisations, in five garden collections that are spread over 58 hectares. 

VI. Autumn in Arrowtown, Queenstown - Orange

Orange is associated with warmth. It is a colour that promotes enthusiasm, a reminder of hope and encourages creativity. The beautiful orange hues of autumn in Arrowtown are sure to awaken your inner creativity. Autumn colour is created by deciduous trees throughout historic Arrowtown. Orange hues serve as a mesmerizing backdrop to the 19th-century cottages of Arrowtown.

VII. The night skies of Aoraki /Mackenzie – Purple

In the past, purple was associated with wealth and royalty, as purple dye has always been synonymous to exquisiteness. Purple is a vibrant, joyful colour. It invokes an escape from reality and a feeling of magic, just like the night skies of Aoraki /Mackenzie. In 2012, 4,300 square kilometres of New Zealand’s South Island was recognized as an International Dark Sky Reserve, the largest one of its kind in the Southern Hemisphere, and one of only eight in the world.

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