New Zealand

When we were travelling in Norway a friend of mine said: “It looks so much like New Zealand.” NZ actually reminded me more of Denmark – the empty beaches, sea breeze, little villages. But there are volcanoes, geyser and crater lakes here. We met many nice Kiwis, the people, but no luck to see a single shy Kiwi, the bird, in nature. And I miss those tender and succulent lamb steaks – “well done” really means well done.

Auckland-Tauranga

NZ - Auckland-Tauranga

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Auckland
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Auckland
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Auckland
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Auckland
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Auckland
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A typical little town
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Karangahake Gorge
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Karangahake Gorge
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It changes colour
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Karangahake Gorge
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Waihi Beach
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Waihi Beach
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Waihi Beach
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Waihi Beach - I thought I was back at one of the North Sea beaches. Cool!
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Waihi Beach

 

Waimangu Volcanic Valley

NZ - Waimangu Volcanic Valley

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Southern Crater
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Southern Crater
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Echo Crater & Flying Pan Lake
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Hot water creek and springs
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Echo Crater & Flying Pan Lake
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Cathedral Rocks
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Echo Crater & Flying Pan Lake
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Hot water creek and springs
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Hot water creek and springs
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Inferno Crater
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Inferno Crater
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Inferno Crater
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Warbrick Terrace
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Warbrick Terrace

 

The Central Plateau and Taranaki

NZ - Central Plateau and Taranaki

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Time for a pie
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Powerful Huka Falls
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Lake Taupo - not so magnificent in this depressing weather
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Tongariro - Cloud-capped Mt Ngauruhoe
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Tongariro
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Tongariro - It was rainy, windy. Sky was overcast. We couldn't see Mt. Ruapehu nor could we do the apline crossing tour. Disappointing!
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We stayed at Bayview Chateau Tongariro but had dinner at Skotel Alpine Resort. The steak and dessert were really good there, and the price as well.
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Tongariro
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View from Coastal walkway at New Plymouth
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Coastal walkway at New Plymouth
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Coastal walkway at New Plymouth
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Nimbus looks horribly dingy
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if I recalled it correctly, it is the Veronica trail to Mt. Taranaki
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Mt Taranaki - cumulus is coming
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It was a day where we saw cumulus come and go fast.
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Mt Taranaki
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Last view of Mt Taranaki

 

Wellington

 

Around Christchurch

NZ - Around Christchurch

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Akaroa
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Akaroa
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a light lunch
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Akaroa
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nice classic car
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French settlement here - the flag says it all
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feeling a gust
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and all of a sudden we couldn't see much ahead. Time to return...
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Lyttelton
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Sumner
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Moncks Bay
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Moncks Bay
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Moncks Bay

 

Christchurch

NZ - Christchurch

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LIke in Melbourne, there is also a tramway circles the city centre
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Cathedral Square
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Art Gallery
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Art Gallery
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Arts Centre - former campus of Canterbury University
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Arts Centre
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gorgeous and long-lasting sunset colour
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Botanic garden
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Botanic garden
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Botanic garden
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Botanic garden
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Crowds gather for the World Buskers Festival
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Arts Centre - Does it remind you of somewhere in England?
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