S: New Zealand 2010
BC: The End
FC: Our Trip | New Zealand 2010
1: In April, 2010, you came to visit us in New Zealand. Having you visit was amazing, and we enjoyed sharing our lives and our country with you. We miss you, and love you. Here are some of our memories of the trip. Love always, Heather & James
2: Brooklyn Windmill The windmill is an icon in Brooklyn. It sits high on the hill, and is visible from the entire neighbourhood. Its size is overwhelming and the view is breathtaking. We enjoyed showing you the city for the first time. Over the next few weeks, you would get a closer view of many of the things we pointed out.
4: Napier is known as the Art Deco city. The city was destroyed by an earthquake in 1931, and most of the city was rebuilt within the following decade, meaning that all the building are built in a similar style.
6: Rotorua is known for its geothermal activity. It has natural hotpools and bubbling mud. In the early 1900s, a bath house was built to harness the believed healing properties of the waters and mud, and Rotorua has been a tourist destination ever since.
7: Rotorua Hot Pools
9: Rotorua is also well known for its Maori cultural shows and Hangi. Dad, you were so proud to be selected as leader of your bus - as you should have been!
10: L&P - World Famous in New Zealand
11: On our way through the Karangahake Gorge, we stopped and had lunch by some old mines. We also took a train ride, and saw some sights.
12: Festival of Speed: Whitianga
14: We went to Hot Water Beach in the hopes of digging our own hot tub. Unfortunately, the tide was too high. At least we had a chance to get in the water!
16: Black Sand Beach
17: After seeing the glowworms at the Waitomo Caves, we drove on to Opunake. On the way, we pulled off and explored a black sand beach. The sand was powder fine, and very warm to the touch. The high metal content that colours the sand also makes it magnetic.
18: We took the Cable Car to the top of the top of the Botanic Gardens, and walked down through the gardens. We saw many different native plants, including the toetoe above, as well as exotic ones.
19: Wellington and the Harbour
20: You spent a lot of time at Te Papa, New Zealand's national museum. They have a huge collection, including Maori whare (buildings) covered in carvings and weaving.
21: While walking down the street, you noticed the Police Station. And of course you had to stop and have a look. A quick flash of the ID, and you were inside looking at the police cars.
22: Eating Out | In order to celebrate the New Zealand seafood, we went out to a lovely seafood restaurant. The meal was amazing, as was the view of Wellington.
24: Zelandia | A tuatara, a "living fossil".
25: We spent a day at Zelandia, a nature reserve right in the city of Wellington. There is a predator proof fence providing a safe area for native birds and animals. The 500 year plan of the sanctuary is to restore the valley as close as possible to it's pre-human state. Thanks to your encouragement, we now have yearly memberships to the attraction.
26: Our House | We love our little house, hidden away from the road.It''s peaceful and idyllic, but you need to climb over 80 steps to get back to it!
27: We loved having you come and stay with us, even in our tiny house. It's small for two, and minuscule for four, but it was nevertheless great!