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China falls hard for New Zealand's beauty

New Zealand's Paradise Valley, near South Island's Queenstown   © Tourism New Zealand

WELLINGTON   The discovery of gold brought the first wave of Chinese to New Zealand in the 1860s. A century and a half later, another wave of Chinese is landing on these shores, this time just to take in the country's natural beauty.

     Last year, the number of international visitors to New Zealand crossed the 3 million mark for the first time, pushing tourism past the dairy sector as the country's top source of income from abroad. Chinese tourism drove the boom, growing at a rate of 34%.

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