New Zealand has four seasons, broadly opposite to ours, so its winter (June to August), is perfect for skiing in the mountains though as temperatures rarely fall below 5°C.
The small town of Banff is dominated by the towering mountains of Banff National Park, offering surely some of the finest scenery in North America, if not the world. Each August this pretty town, set in its stunning location, plays host to the Banff Summer Arts Festival.
Taking place during the Labor day weekend, over 600 Stetson-wearing cowhands descend on the little town of Ellensburg to take part in what is considered to be one of the top 10 professional rodeos in America.
Hokkaido is Japan’s last wilderness region, boasting the nation’s greatest concentration of national parks and brimming with a wonderful abundance of flora and fauna. Hikking is an ideal activity to enjoy the high mountains, crystal lakes and wide open spaces.
The Temple of the Tooth, in Kandy, is purported to hold a tooth of Buddha. It was brought to the city of in 1542, around 70 years after the city was founded, and now each August the Parahera Festival celebrates this revered relic.
Taking place across Japan, the Obon Festival, also known as the 'festival of lanterns' is a wonderful spectacle of Bon dances, floating lanterns and a huge bonfire. This is lit on the side of Mt Daimonji, Kyoto to help guide the spirits of one's ancestors back to the other world.
The open savannahs, rolling grasslands and undulating hills sets the scene for one of the world’s greatest wildlife spectacles, the annual migration of over two million wildebeest from the plains of the Serengeti to the grasslands of the Masai Mara. One of the most iconic scenes is played out on the Mara River.
Wanaka is surrounded by spectacular mountains and is in fact the the gateway to Mount Aspiring National Park. Each August the Wanaka Snowfest hosts a wide range of events.
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