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Saturday, January 23, 2021

New Zealand unlocks mindful travel with meditative soundscapes

Unwind with unique sounds from New Zealand designed to calm your mind through featured meditative audio tracks

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While international travel still seems to be afar, how about some music that can transport listeners virtually to their favourite destination?

Tourism New Zealand has launched an album called ‘Mindful Journeys’ on Spotify that features four meditative audio tracks (two with narration and two without).

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Through the soundscapes, listeners will journey through the North and South Islands of the country, experiencing the tunes unique to New Zealand including native birds, bubbling geothermal mud pools and the gentle sound of the breeze moving through the forest.

North Island – Far North to Rotorua 
Wai-O-Tapu. (Photo:  Wai-O-Tapu)
Wai-O-Tapu. (Photo:  Wai-O-Tapu)

Begin your journey on the iconic beaches of the upper North Island, listening to the gentle sounds of surf and seabirds. With the breeze move into our forests, hearing the native birds and insects as well as the soft noises of the forest floor. Travelling through the earthy sounds of the bush, emerge in the geothermal area of Rotorua. Steaming water, bubbling mud pools and the distinctive rush of the natural geysers can be heard.

South Island – Marlborough Sounds to the Canterbury Plains  
Phoenix Valley. (Photo: dankerinsphotography)
Phoenix Valley. (Photo: dankerinsphotography)

Start off in the gentle lapping waters of the Marlborough sounds, then head down the rugged beaches of New Zealand’s West Coast. Stop off at the Punakaiki Rocks, with their distinctive sounding blow holes. Move inland, briefly travelling through the foothills, up into the Southern Alps where we are in mountainous air, wind whips and distant keas call. Then travel down the other side via one of the many rivers that is fed by the mountain range. End up in the peace of a Central Otago valley, with regional birds and insects keeping things rich and textured.

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