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Old 08-26-2009, 10:23 PM   #46
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Holy smokes! Your pictures are amazing. I need to visit.
+1. thanks for the invite to eden. New Zealand's on the map now. It looks like Hawaii on steroids.
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Old 08-26-2009, 10:31 PM   #47
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+1. thanks for the invite to eden. New Zealand's on the map now. It looks like Hawaii on steroids.
Cheers SBR!

Welcome anytime (and esp to stay with us!)

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Old 09-26-2009, 08:03 PM   #48
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More pics!

More Touring Pics!

Hey there folks – was sifting thru my many NZ pics taken on tour and thought you MAY like to see a couple more!

I’ll try and order them from Top to Bottom North to South) for you!

Captions below the pics!



Cape Reinga Lighthouse – the tippy-tip of mainland NZ 34°26'S 172°41'E
It’s all down hill from here!



The road to The Cape!



Ninety Mile Beach, Northland. Not actually 90 miles long – in fact it’s about 96 kilometres long but still a pretty darn cool place



Let’s go right…



Let’s go left!



Looking down at the ground 186m (610ft) below through 38mm (1.5 inches) thick glass – the observation deck at Auckland’s SkyTower..total height 328m or 1076ft.



Another view of the SkyTower this time from the Viaduct Harbour



Some little runabout in the Viaduct! Google tells me that Ulysses is 192 feet long and weighs 676 tons in lightship configuration – and owned by a NZer!



Auckland Museum – awesome and definitely worth a visit!



Some of the volcanic activity at Rotorua



And some more!
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Old 09-26-2009, 08:16 PM   #49
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Old 09-26-2009, 08:44 PM   #50
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Shaggie,

When you get that tour company started, Sleeping Beauty and I will be your first customers. Keep me informed!!
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Old 09-26-2009, 08:48 PM   #51
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Thanks GB! About 40 MORE new pics to come!
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Old 09-26-2009, 08:52 PM   #52
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Shaggie,

When you get that tour company started, Sleeping Beauty and I will be your first customers. Keep me informed!!
You're on Marc!
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A distinctly NZ icon – the Big Bottle at Paeroa! A softdrink (sodapop) unique to NZ – Lemon and Paeroa or L&P. One of my guests had a daughter who had been on exchange here and Mum was under strict instructions to bring home as much as they could carry!



On the Central Plateau just south of Lake Taupo, Volcanoes Ngauruhoe and Tongariro show off their early summer snow-coats.



Our gorgeous hotel just north of Wellington, The White Swan in Greytown. The twisty ride over the Rimutaka Hill to the ferry the next day is always exciting!



Port Underwood, Marlborough Sounds



Rarangi Beach in Cloudy Bay, Marlborough. Blenheim township is just in the right hand side of the picture. Marlborough is regarded as one of the best producers of Sauvignon Blanc wines in the world.



Pleasure boats moored in the Marlborough Sounds



Grove Arm, Marlborough Sounds – just across the bay to the right is the Cobham Outward Bound School at Anakiwa

More to come!
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The Te Waikoropupu Springs ('Pupu Springs') are located in Nelson, top of the South Island. The springs are known for the clarity of the water, and the volume of water discharged. The horizontal visibility of the water in the springs has been measured at an average of 63 metres, a world record for fresh water. This value, which was verified using specialist optical instruments, approaches the theoretical maximum for optically pure water.The springs are notable for the volume of water discharged from the eight main vents. It is estimated that 14,000 litres of water are produced per second. (Wiki)


it's pretty darn cool place. (Shaggie)



Leaving Kaiteriteri, pretty wee town on the edge of the glorious Abel tasman National Park on board a Wilson’s water taxi….



Ahem – do NOT right click, Properties…a bit tongue in cheek




Left to fend for ourselves on Onetahuti Beach….such a terrible thing!





The scenery was second rate….



The water was horribly murky….


But we battled through the adversity and were better people for it…..





A couple of nice farmland shots…..







OKain’s Bay on Banks Peninsula on the opposite side of the peninsula to Akaroa.


(pans don’t work very well for me…)


My mate Westy (of Brass Monkey and other fame) went for a bit of a tootle in his ‘Zook to the Lees Valley, west of Christchurch



Lunch of Kings!



Overlooking Duvachelle village, Akaroa Harbour.



Nice bit o’twisty



The Otira Viaduct, Arthurs Pass between Christchurch and Greymouth



NZ rainforest



A mountain river (well duh!)
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Shaggie,

Damn you man! You've made me ache to be there all over again!

Next time Amy and I visit we'll have to devote a month just to the North and South Islands.

Thanks for the fix!
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Punakaiki Rocks, Paparoa National Park, West Coast. The Pancake Rocks are a heavily eroded limestone area where the sea bursts though a number of vertical blowholes during high tides. The 'pancake'-layering of the limestone is created by immense pressure on alternating hard and soft layers of marine creatures and plant sediments. (Wiki)
There’s a fab walkway created to explore the area. (Shaggie)



Sunrise tickles the top of Mt Sefton, Mt Cook National Park



Looking the other way, east to Mt Bruce



Lake Pukaki



The reason we came here, Aoraki Mt Cook in all her glory



Crown Range road on the way down to Queenstown, looking back towards Wanaka…don’t overheat those brakes!


Looking towards Queenstown












On safari with Dart River Safari’s – just the BEST jetboat experience!
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Chasing our sister boat back to Glenorchy across a mirror calm Lake Wakatipu



Another view of Wakatipu, this time from Bob’s Peak at the top of the Gondola and including the SS Earnslaw, apparently the last coal fired twin screw steamship in operation in the Southern Hemisphere.



Walter Peak Station, end of the lake run for the SS Earnslaw, just in time for a farm tour then a fabulous lunch, don’t miss the lamb chops!



At Kingston, one end of Lake Wakatipu, runs the Kingston Flyer historic train. Unfortunately, currently the service is on hold due to financial concerns. Two 4-6-2 "Pacifics" engines, built in New Zealand were (are to be?) used on the 14 kilometres of track to Fairlight.



The turntable at Kingston is so finely balanced that it can be turned by 1 or 2 engineers.
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The ride on the Earnslaw, and the tour/lunch at Walter Peak is one of our favorite memories of NZ.

When we got home, I discovered that this little old Japanese woman had been photobombing me at Walter Peak. She was in a bunch of our pictures, peeking in and looking right at the lens.
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Old 09-28-2009, 08:28 AM   #58
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Beautiful as always Shaggie.



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Old 09-28-2009, 09:15 AM   #59
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I feel home sick, and I havent lived there yet!

Nice once Shagster mi darlin.

Coor dont it look different in the summer, cant wait to see it for mi self!
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Great stuff, Shaggie. I look forward to hoisting a beer or ten when I get over there.

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