S: Gentry's New Zealand Adventure Fall 2011
FC: New Zealand 2011
1: New Zealand | New Zealand | ARRIVED 17 Sept 2011 | In Fall 2011 New Zealand hosted the Rugby World Cup, and I was there to witness the amazing sport and beautiful country 11 Cities, 20 Teams, 80,000+ Fans
2: Step One: Figure out the Campervan and how to drive
3: My father was able to play with a touring side from the Pacific Northwest while we were in Hamilton. | Driving around New Zealand is beautiful. Everything is Green. | Wales v. Samoa Hamilton, NZ 18-Sept 17-10 Samoa deserved to win.
4: Black Water Rafting
5: Abseiling Into the Cave | Leaping into the freezing cave river. | Crawling Through the Cave | ClimbingUp Waterfalls
7: Spontaneous Coastal Hike
8: Some beautiful beaches on the Cormandel Peninsula.
9: Our campground in Takapuna, just across the harbor from Auckland, was right on the beach. Staying at the campervan park was fun because we were surrounded by other rugby fans. At one point the park was taken over by the crazy French.
10: We stayed in our camper van in Takapuna and took the ferry/bus to get into the city.
11: Entering | Auckland
12: North Harbor Stadium South Africa v. Namibia 22-Sept 87-0 The Stands were filled with local New Zealander's all cheering for Namibia. (who didn't stand a chance) It goes to show the resentment New Zealand has against South Africa.
13: In New Zealand, finding a cup of American coffee is a hard task. For one, most "coffee" shops only serve espresso, so the closest to coffee is a Long Black aka an Americano. If you do happen to stumble on a place that has a coffee pot, the largest cup they have to go is equivalent to our "Tall." Upon arriving in Auckland we found Seattle Coffee. After being deprived of coffee for a week my father got a venti cup of Filter Coffee! | Left: Trees found around Auckland Right: Pictures along the Auckland Wharf
15: Eden Park! Fiji v. Samoa 25-Sept 7-27
16: Rangitoto Island The island was created by a volcano 600 years ago. Today it is home to over 200 species of native plants. The walk to the summit (two hours return) passes fascinating caves created by lava that solidified on the surface but continued to flow beneath. Some World War II structures remain on the island, as well as several 1930s baches (rudimentary holiday homes) that have been restored and protected as a snap-shot of earlier times.
18: My Solo Journey Begins | I took the Overlander train from Auckland to Wellington. The trip was 12 hours long, but the scenery was spectacular
19: Awesome Playground | Dedication to US Marines of WW2 | Rugby Pitch in the middle of office building! | Rugby Statue | Wooden Art along Highway Bridge | Wellington Wharf | New Zealand Team Bus | Wellington Hostel
20: ZEALANDIA is building a brighter future for New Zealand's native wildlife by turning back the clock as closely as possible to the way things were before humans arrived. They have created the world's first fully-fenced urban wildlife sanctuary and provided a safe haven for some of New Zealand's most endangered native animals. | ZEALANDIA!
22: Wellington Cable Car | Opened in 1902The Wellington Cable Car is one of Wellington’s oldest & most popular tourist attractions. The cars run from Lambton Quay in the heart of the central business district and within 5 minutes whisk you from under the corporate towers of The Terrace past Kelburn Park and Victoria University to the top entrance of the Wellington Botanic Gardens with its magnificent lookout over the City and harbour - Te Whanganui-a-Tara (The Great Harbour of Tara).
23: Wellington Botanical Gardens
24: Wellington Parliament Building, Railway Station, and Old St. Paul's Church
25: Built in 1866
26: Happy Birthday to Me! France v. Tonga 1-Oct 14-19 A fantastic upset with Tonga beating France! Although it was the Tongans final game of the tournament they celebrated as if they had won the entire Cup.
27: New Zealand v. Canada 2-Oct 79-15 A let-down of a game. Canada did not show up to play and got trampled by the famous All-Blacks. While the game was not the best to watch, the beginning Haka was spectacular!
28: Ferry from Wellington to Picton. North Island to South Island
30: Christchurch Above: The two guys that were on the tour of Christchurch with me. Right: My hostel room in Christ Church
31: Christchurch Earthquake Damage | In 2011 Christchurch was hit by a series of strong earthquakes. The earthquake shut down the entire central business district as well as destroying many people's homes. The cliffs in the picture crumbled, taking the houses with them. The new rugby stadium (center left) built for the World Cup was damaged and the games that were supposed to be held in Christchurch were moved to other cities.
33: Middle Left: The Cadburry factory towers. The purple one is home to a chocolate waterfall! Top Left:An old fashioned Cadburry factory car. I toured the factory and received many free samples of some fabulous chocolate! Middle Right: My hostel in Dunedin. The building was an old infirmary and the beds squeaked a lot! | Left Page: Speight's Brewery. This brewery was operating 24/7 in order to keep up with the demand from the Cup since the brewery in Christchurch closed due to the earthquake. -The water used comes from a natural spring that is also open for public use. -The Speight's Brewery chimney topped with a beer barrel; a joke drawn onto the designs by the architect's assistant. Bottom Right: The only indoor rugby stadium in New Zealand. It was built especially for the World Cup. When the Irish were in town they drank the city dry. | Dunedin
38: Railway Station: This building embodies Dunedin's wealthy inheritance. During the city's most prosperous years this railway station was the country's busiest, handling up to 100 trains each day. Construction began in 1903 and the station was officially opened in 1906. Dunedin's fourth railway station, it was designed in the fashionable, desirable and highly expensive Edwardian Baroque style. Today, a farmers market runs in Anzac Square just outside the station every Saturday morning, and daily sightseeing trains run from the station through the Taieri Gorge and up the Coast.
40: Dunedin Wildlife Home to many creatures including the Penguin, Sea Lion, and Fur Seal The Wildlife tour took right onto the beach, alongside the animals. there were no fences, and at times the sea lions were scary. the tour agency is a conservation group aimed toward recreating the necessary environment for these animals to flourish and survive in
43: St. Clair Beach, Dunedin, NZ