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Parkes, Australia

Parkes Radio Telescope

Giant dish located in a sheep paddock was primary receiver of Apollo 11 TV transmissions.
-32.9899, 148.2626
Milford Sound, Fiordland National Park, New Zealand
Milford Sound, New Zealand

Milford Sound

Dolphins, ancient clams and hundreds of waterfalls make this one of the world's top tourist destinations.
-44.6694, 167.9256
Baldwin Street
Dunedin, New Zealand

Baldwin Street

The world's steepest street seems to have houses sliding down it.
-45.8493, 170.5344
Puzzling World
Wanaka, New Zealand

Stuart Landsborough’s Puzzling World

New Zealand's epic shrine to all things puzzling.
-44.6968, 169.1616
The Moeraki Boulders at sunrise. (Wikimedia Commons)
Hampden, New Zealand

Moeraki Boulders

Highly spherical boulders on the shores of New Zealand.
-45.3477, 170.8273
Starkly colors on the shores of Tekapo
Lake Tekapo, New Zealand

Lake Tekapo

A perfect turquoise lake colored with glacier dust.
-44.0051, 170.4775
South Island, New Zealand

Franz Josef Glacier

The glacier tucked within a New Zealand rainforest.
-43.4667, 170.1833
(Wikimedia Commons)
Waipoua Forest, New Zealand

Tāne Mahuta

Largest Kauri tree in New Zealand.
-35.6009, 173.5272
Punakaiki, New Zealand

Pancake Rocks

This strange geological landscape erupts with sudden bursts of water.
-42.1084, 171.3363
(Flickr/Eliduke)
Hot Water Beach, New Zealand

Hot Water Beach

Handcrafted thermal spa washes away each night with the tide.
-36.8872, 175.8237
Sulphur was mined off and on over the years
Ohope, New Zealand

Whakaari/White Island

The explorer Captain Cook may have named it White Island, but the Maori call it Te Puia o Whakaari – The Dramatic Volcano.
-37.5226, 177.1797
Matamata, New Zealand

Hobbiton

The real life Hobbiton, this sheep farm has been forever transformed since being built for The Hobbit film series.
-37.8721, 175.6829
Rotorua, New Zealand

Rotorua

Major tourist destination known for its bubbling mud-pools and hot thermal springs.
-38.1368, 176.2497
Waitomo Glowworm Caves.
Waitomo, New Zealand

Waitomo Glowworm Caves

A cave lit with glowworms.
-38.2610, 175.1043
Wellington, New Zealand

Colossal Squid

The world's only complete colossal squid specimen is on display at the Te Papa Museum.
-41.2905, 174.7817
Eaglehawk Neck, Australia

Eaglehawk Neck Tessellated Pavement

Extraordinary geology resembles man made pavement.
-43.0143, 147.9247
Reed Flute Cave
Guilin, China

Reed Flute Cave

Hidden behind musical flora and forgotten for over a thousand years, this cave is now a neon dream.
25.2736, 110.2902
Datong, China

Yungang Grottoes

Massive series of 45 caves and over 51,000 sculptures carved from cliffsides in China.
40.1115, 113.1324
The Forbidden City
Beijing, China

The Forbidden City

The most famous location in China was home to whole dynasties worth of imperial rulers.
39.9225, 116.3968
Hanging Temple
Datong, China

Hanging Temple of Hengshan

A 5th-century temple improbably built into the side of a cliff.
39.6595, 113.7093
Oratory in the winter
Montreal, Québec

Oratoire St. Joseph

City law dictates that this mountaintop cathedral containing the heart of a saint is to remain the tallest building in town.
45.4922, -73.6169
Drumheller T-Rex with kids on its toes
Drumheller, Alberta

The World's Largest Dinosaur

As if T-rex wasn't big enough, this Canadian monument is four times larger than the real thing.
51.4675, -112.7087
One of the many headstones with statue
Montreal, Québec

Notre-Dame-de-Neiges Cemetery

Canada's largest graveyard boasts a lot of noteworthy artifacts as well as its own computerized mapping service.
45.4982, -73.6108
Ceiling Ship
Montreal, Québec

Notre-Dame-de-Bon-Secours Chapel (The Sailors' Church)

Small ship votives hang from the vaulted ceiling of this port-side church with a Latin inscription on the wall, "Pray for us fishermen in the hour of our death."
45.5099, -73.5514