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Fox Glacier - one of Earth's natural wonders

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The sparsely-populated South Island of New Zealand lies about as close to Antarctica as you can get without a plane or boat. 

Yet, it contains a gaudy variety of scenery unseen anywhere else. 

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The crown jewel of the South Island is its remote West Coast, a former gold-mining region now devoted to dairy and tourism. 

New Zealand's West Coast is so removed from the rest of the country that it seems to operate under its own set of laws. 

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