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Arrowtown, New Zealand

Arrowtown Chinese Settlement

This preserved village shows the modest lifestyles of the area's 19th-century Chinese gold miners.
Waiau, New Zealand

The Waterworks

Water-powered gadgets whirr to life in this quirky eco park.
Christchurch, New Zealand

'Diminish and Ascend'

This aluminum “stairway to heaven” has impaled at least a couple of birds.
Christchurch, New Zealand

Bunsen

Enjoy coffee and cake while viewing antique medical equipment at this unique cafe.
Ashburton Lakes, New Zealand

Mount Sunday

Edoras, capital city of Rohan in Lord of the Rings, once sat atop this isolated New Zealand mountain.
Makarau, New Zealand

Gibbs Farm

A gigantic sculpture garden packed with innovative oddities.
Castle Hill, New Zealand

Castle Hill

The Dalai Lama named this New Zealand landscape the "Spiritual Center of the Universe."
Grangemouth, Scotland

The Kelpies

The heads of two giant mythological water horses honor Scotland's horselord past.
Corgarff, Scotland

Corgarff Castle

This Scottish castle has witnessed clan rivalries, Jacobite uprisings, whisky smuggling, and more.
Canberra, Australia

Australian-American Memorial

From a distance, this statue of an eagle looks like a giant chicken on a stick.
Rossville, Australia

Black Mountain

Legend says entire herds of cattle have disappeared within this boulder-strewn landscape.
Bowen, Australia

The Big Mango

One of Australia's famed "Big Things," this giant fruit was once stolen as part of a publicity stunt.
Cairns, Australia

Cairns Library Bats

These flying foxes dangle from the trees around the library like fuzzy black fruit.
Cardiff, Wales

Roman Walls of Cardiff Castle

The castle still holds traces of the abandoned Roman fort it was built atop.
Wales

Whiteford Lighthouse

This lonely cast-iron structure is the only wave-washed lighthouse of its kind left in all of Britain.
Budapest, Hungary

Zero Kilometer Stone

The geographical center of Budapest is marked with a 10-foot-tall stylized zero.
Budapest, Hungary

Szimpla Kert

A Trabant car, a kangaroo statue, and a plethora of plants take over this abandoned-factory-turned-bar.
Christchurch, New Zealand

Christchurch Basilica

The ruins of New Zealand's largest classical-style church.
Cape Reinga, New Zealand

Cape Reinga

Watch the seas clash at the place where according to Maori tradition, the spirits depart for their journey to the afterlife.
Waipu, New Zealand

Waipu Caves

A galaxy of glowworms hides deep within the belly of these caves.
Hobart, Australia

'Heading South' Statues at Hobart Harbour

Bronze statues honor the brave explorers who passed through this Antarctic gateway.
Kilcoy, Australia

Kilcoy

This small Australian town is considered home to the "Yowie" or the Aussie Big Foot.
Darwin, Australia

Darwin Oil Storage Tunnels

World War II ended before these tunnels built to protect vital oil from Japanese bombs were ever used.
Melbourne, Australia

'Mr. Lizard and Gumnut Baby' Statue

Children's author May Gibbs' beloved stories about the tiny, human-like "Gumnut Babies" are immortalized in bronze.