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Australia, New Zealand, Pacific Islands

New Zealand's improbably 'hot' Southern Alps under pressure

Once isolated high country faces housing crisis and environmental pressures

AUCKLAND -- Back in the 1980s, the wild alpine beauty of New Zealand's Southern Alps was a winter haunt for hardy skiers, deer shooters and trekkers. Summer, with the snow gone, would empty the region's two main towns, Queenstown and Wanaka.

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