Visiting New Zealand

 

Visit New Zealand

These pages about New Zealand are dedicated to my friends Debbie and Peter, who plan a visit in March/April 2013.

New Zealand is so beautiful - a lot like England in some ways, but in others so utterly different, mysterious and exciting. It's not at all difficult to list some places well worth a visit - but its really tough having to miss mentioning so many really great places for the sake of brievity.

Of course, much of the mystery and romance comes from the Maori culture, profoundly different to Western capitalism, and giving many of the place names a really other-worldly ring, just as the call of the native bell-bird is a unique, mysterious, plaintive and magical sound, which once heard haunts one's memory forever.

Perhaps we should begin with a hit list, taking you through 100 or so thumbnail photos, which can be clicked to expand them.
Bay of Islands. The paradise where British settlers first arrived. Auckland - The City of Sails and culture, and the gateway to exotic South Sea Islands.
Auckland - The City of Sails and culture, and the gateway to exotic South Sea Islands.
Coromandel Peninsula - A wonderland of bays, beaches, headlands and harbours.
The Waikato River - its flow from Lake Taupo, through massive hyro-electric dams to Hamilton, a wonderful cosmopolitan laid-back city.
The mysterious and exciting geothermal areas around Rotorua, Lake Taupo, Wairakei, Orakaikorako and Waimangu.
Waitomo Caves, Marikopa Falls and Mangapohbene Gorge - a land fashioned by water.
Napier - The Art Deco town. 
Wellington - Capital city. Harbours, hills, history, culture, entertainment and the gateway to South Island 
Picton - South Island ferry terminal - harbour and hills. 
Christchurch and Lyttleton Harbour - Art, architecture (still standing?) culture, gardens and cablecar gondola views. 
Greymouth and Shantytown Heritage Park 
Lindis Pass - Wilderness - lakes, mountains hdyro power. 
Queenstown and Kawaru Gorge - bungies, lakes and parakiting 
Dunedin and Otago Peninsular - Scottish heritage, magnificent architecture, museums, penguins and albatrosses, history and harbour at Port Chalmers 
Franz Josef and Fox glaciers. 
Cape Foulwind and Punakaiki - seals and pancake rock cliffs. 
Nelson. Delightful city, harbour and gardens. Walk up to the geographic centre of New Zealand. 
 
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