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New Zealand

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New Zealand is spectacular and wonderful and my impressions of the country are given in this gallery. The itinerary of our two-week trip is presented below, travelling mainly by car (self-drive). At the sites, extensive hiking and trekking into the mountains, forests, hills, and even a glacier were involved, which offered breathtaking views of the surrounding landscapes. We visited both the North and South Islands.

Day 1: Arrival in Auckland. Sites: City centre, Sky Tower, harbour, main streets.
Day 2: Auckland-Whangarei-Paihia (by car). Sites: Muriwai, gannet breeding grounds on the rocks at Muriwai beach, Wellsworth, Leigh, Paihia, Bay of Islands.
Day 3: Paihia-Cape Reinga (day trip, by bus). Sites: Puketi forest, Cape Reinga & Lighthouse, Spirits Bay, Te Paki sand dunes, The Bluff, Ninety Mile Beach.
Day 4: Paihia-Matamata-Hamilton (by car). Sites: Hamilton, Wairere falls (153m, highest in North Island), around “Hobbiton” areas near Matamata.
Day 5: Hamilton-Waitomo-New Plymouth (by car). Sites: Waitomo caves & glowworms, New Plymouth, spectacular coastline between Awaking and New Plymouth.
Day 6: New Plymouth-North Egmont (Mt Taranaki)-Wanganui (by car). Sites: Mt Taranaki (taking Summit Track).
Day 7: Wanganui-Whakapapa Village-Taupo (by car). Site: Mt Ruapehu (“Modor”), Mt Ngauruhoe (“Mt Doom”), Chateau Tongariro, Lake Rotopounamu, Lake Taupo.
Day 8: Taupo-Waiotapu-Rotorua (by car), Rotorua-Christchurch (by plane). Sites: Wai-o-tapu Thermal Wonderland, Huka falls, Waikato river, Huka Jet, Christchurch.
Day 9: Christchurch-Greymouth (by train, TranzAlpine), Greymouth-Franz Josef Village (by car). Sites: Spectacular train ride over the Southern Alps, Arthur’s Pass, Franz Josef glacier.
Day 10: Franz Josef Village-Haast-Wanaka (by car). Fox glacier & guided trek, Haast Pass, Lake Wanaka, Lake Hawea.
Day 11: Wanaka-Lake Tekapo-Ashburton-Christchurch (by car). Sites: Lindi’s Pass, Lake Pukaki with view of Mt Cook, Lake Tekapo.
Day 12: Christchurch-Lyttelton (by car), Christchurch-Auckland (by plane). Sites: Exploring Christchurch and Bank’s Peninsula: Lyttleton, Summit Road, Lyttleton harbour.
Day 13: Auckland-Harbour-Davonport (by boat): Auckland harbour, exploring Davonport, Auckland by night from Davonport.
Day 14: Departure from Auckland.
Cape Reinga Lighthouse, North Island
Cape Reinga Lighthouse, North Island
Cape Reinga, North Island
Cape Reinga, North Island
View from Cape Reinga
View from Cape Reinga
Lake Hawea, South Island
Lake Hawea, South Island
Lake Wanaka, South Island
Lake Wanaka, South Island
Valley
Valley
Mt Ruapehu, North Island (Modor)
Mt Ruapehu, North Island ("Modor")
Mt Ngauruhoe, North Island (Mt Doom)
Mt Ngauruhoe, North Island ("Mt Doom")
Lake Pukaki & Southern Alps
Lake Pukaki & Southern Alps
Southern Alps Reflections
Southern Alps Reflections
Lake Pukaki (normal format)
Lake Pukaki (normal format)
Lake Pukaki (panorama format)
Lake Pukaki (panorama format)
Mt Taranaki, North Island
Mt Taranaki, North Island
Mt Taranaki upclose
Mt Taranaki upclose
Snow top of Mt Taranaki
Snow top of Mt Taranaki
Wairere Falls (153m high), North Island
Wairere Falls (153m high), North Island
Muriwai's black sand beach, North Island
Muriwai's black sand beach, North Island
Gannet Colony at Muriwai
Gannet Colony at Muriwai
Climbing Fox Glacier, South Island
Climbing Fox Glacier, South Island
Hiking up to Fox Glacier
Hiking up to Fox Glacier
Franz Josef Glacier, South Island
Franz Josef Glacier, South Island
Relative Scale: Human vs. Nature
Relative Scale: Human vs. Nature
Volcanic lake at Waiotapu, North Island
Volcanic lake at Waiotapu, North Island
Champagne Pool, South Island
Champagne Pool, South Island
Lake Pukaki Surroundings
Lake Pukaki Surroundings
Orewa beach
Orewa beach
Haast Pass, South Island
Haast Pass, South Island
Auckland by night
Auckland by night
Sky jump from Sky Tower, Auckland
Sky jump from Sky Tower, Auckland
Auckland's Harbour Bridge
Auckland's Harbour Bridge
Lyttelton Harbour, South Island
Lyttelton Harbour, South Island
Sand boarding at Te Paki sand dunes
Sand boarding at Te Paki sand dunes
Christchurch
Christchurch
TranzAlpine, South Island
TranzAlpine, South Island
Trekking to Franz Josef Glacier
Trekking to Franz Josef Glacier
Steam from thermal pools at Waiotapu
Steam from thermal pools at Waiotapu
Looking down from Fox Glacier
Looking down from Fox Glacier
Auckland Harbour
Auckland Harbour