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Friday, November 17, 2006

Green, Green, Green, Green, Green



{Stupid Blogger won't let me upload all the pictures I want, so you'll have to use your imagination for now.}

Everything here is so green. And every shade of green on the scale. So far, I’m reminded very much of Hawaii with all the lush vegetation that is present everywhere. Hawaii without the heat and humidity.

Since the last post, we’ve been very busy. We’ve driven over 1,700 km (you do the math to convert it to miles) so far. Tonight we’re just outside Wellington in a town charmingly called Lower Hutt. We’ve seen so much, it’s hard to know where to start. So, for now, I’ll give you a brief overview, and when we get back, I’ll fill in more. From Auckland, we drove up into the Northland, and got as far Wharangei. We stopped at the falls.

{And here I'd be showing you a picture of the falls. Very pretty. Oh well, too bad.}

What I found most amazing is that the falls are right in the middle of a residential area. Truth be told, a lot of amazing New Zealand features are found right in the middle of residential areas. But that a whole other post.

We traveled down to Coromandel where we spent the night and on from there to Rotorua. Pretty amazing stuff--all of a geothermal nature. From hot water (well over boiling) pools to mud pools. Too bad you don’t have smell-o-vision. The sulphur smell around town absolutely defies description.













After Rotorua we moved on to Napier. I just have to include a picture of the Huka Falls, which we stopped off at on the way to Napier. The color is this turquoise color, and the volume of water is astounding. Wish we could have spent more time there.
{I WILL be including a picture of Huka Falls another time. Not to be believed.}

From there we drove to Lower Hutt. We’ve spent all our nights at B&B’s and homestays. To a person, every single host we’ve met since we left Auckland has been nothing but warm and generous. We’ve had some great discussions with our hosts. We’ve learned so much about New Zealand and its people from them. Definitely the way to get “into” a foreign country. Tomorrow we fly to the South Island. Can’t wait to see what awaits us! For now, I’ll leave you with an obligatory sheep picture.

2 Comments:

At 7:56 PM, Blogger Pat K said...

How amazing! And drat that stupid Blogger for acting up on you and depriving us of more pictures! So glad to see that you are having a great trip!

 
At 3:49 PM, Anonymous Kelly said...

Looks and sounds wonderful! Love the sheep pic! Glad you're having a good time.

 

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