Aotearoa – Land of the Long White Cloud

10 Apr

I recently returned from 30 days in New Zealand.

There are so many adjectives I could use to describe this adventure. The best might be “Amazing!” Every single day, without exception, I saw, heard or experienced something absolutely wonderful!

I had been told that New Zealand is a very accessible country, and I found that statement to be true.  I made copious notes, and took over 7,000 photos, so that I can share my experience with others who might be considering a trip to the Land of the Long White Cloud.

Here’s a very brief preview of the first half of the trip. I hope these photos whet your appetite for the many more posts to follow!

Rainbow Falls, near Kerikeri, North Island, New Zealand (Feb. 2013)

Rainbow Falls, near Kerikeri, North Island, New Zealand (Feb. 2013)

Auckland, the City of Sails. North Island, New Zealand (Feb. 2013)

Auckland, the City of Sails. North Island, New Zealand (Feb. 2013)

Rotorua Museum and Gardens, Rotorua, New Zealand (North Island) (Feb. 2013)

Rotorua Museum and Gardens, Rotorua, New Zealand (North Island) (Feb. 2013)

Whakarewarewa Thermal Reserve, Rotorua, New Zealand (North Island) (Feb 2013)

Whakarewarewa Thermal Reserve, Rotorua, New Zealand (North Island) (Feb 2013)

Mineral Pool at Union Victoria Motel, Rotorua, New Zealand (North Island) (Feb. 2013)

Mineral Pool at Union Victoria Motel, Rotorua, New Zealand (North Island) (Feb. 2013)

Lake Tarawera, New Zealand (North Island) (Feb. 2013)

Lake Tarawera, New Zealand (North Island) (Feb. 2013)

Art Deco weekend, Napier, New Zealand (North Island) (Feb. 2013)

Art Deco weekend, Napier, New Zealand (North Island) (Feb. 2013)

Ash Ridge Winery, Hawke's Bay , New Zealand (North Island) (Feb. 2013)

Ash Ridge Winery, Hawke’s Bay , New Zealand (North Island) (Feb. 2013)

View of Wellington, New Zealand, from Wellington Botanical Garden (North Island) (Feb. 2013)

View of Wellington, New Zealand, from Wellington Botanical Garden (North Island) (Feb. 2013)

Begonia House and Gift Shop, Welllington Botanical Gardens, Wellington, New Zealand (North Island) (Feb. 2013)

Begonia House and Gift Shop, Wellington Botanical Gardens, Wellington, New Zealand (North Island) (Feb. 2013)

Interislander ferry, which runs between Wellington (North Island, NZ) and Picton (South Island, NZ) (Feb. 2013)

Interislander ferry, which runs between Wellington (North Island, NZ) and Picton (South Island, NZ) (Feb. 2013)

Queen Charlotte Sound, South Island, New Zealand (Feb. 2013)

Queen Charlotte Sound, South Island, New Zealand (Feb. 2013)

Queen Charlotte Sound, South Island, New Zealand (Feb. 2013)

Queen Charlotte Sound, South Island, New Zealand (Feb. 2013)

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