Photographs of New Zealand

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Lake Rotorua Hawke's Bay Waitomo Road Wellington

New Zealand is half a world away from Europe but has a very similar climate (with more hot springs and mainly extinct volcanos). It is very much a green and pleasant land. I did the usual whistle stop tour of one week on each island and of course, would like to have seen more.
Aotearoa (often translated as "land of the long white cloud") is the current Maori name for New Zealand, and is also used in New Zealand English. The Maori people inhabited the islands from about 1250 with the Dutch explorer Abel Tasman and his crew finding them in 1642. Europeans did not revisit New Zealand until 1769 when British explorer James Cook mapped almost the entire coastline. New Zealand became a separate colony of the British Crown in 1841. Now the European and Maori cultures seem to co-exist.

Mount Cook and the Tasman River   Doubtful Sound

North Island
Whale Watching
Coastal Pacific Journey
TranzAlpine Journey
Lake Manapouri
Doubtful Sound
Mount Cook

Hawke's Bay