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Visiting New Zealand

Updated on January 27, 2017

New Zealand - A Great Place To VIsit

My partner and I love New Zealand, and on our return to Australia after our second trip over to Kiwiland, thought we'd like to share a few of our photos with you.

We've visited both the North Island and the South Island, and it would be difficult to pick our favourite places. It's all worth a visit,or two, or maybe even more!

The wildlife is fascinating too, and I'll try to find some good images among my photos for you.

All images are my own, unless otherwise indicated, and all rights are reserved, thanks.

The exception is the graphic in this intro, which I made from 2 public domain images.

Kiwi image By Maungatautari Ecological Island Trust ( [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons
Kiwi image By Maungatautari Ecological Island Trust ( [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons | Source


Peaceful stream.
Peaceful stream. | Source
Maori dancing.
Maori dancing. | Source

Te Puia

Maori Dancing

At Te Puia, on the North Island, we visited an indigenous display village. This is some of the dancing, which usually tells a story. I think this particular dance was a love story. There was also some Haka performed, but unfortunately, my photos didn't turn out very well.

This area has many tourist attractions, but we ran out of time to visit all of them.

White Island - One Day, We'll be back.......

An active volcano.
An active volcano. | Source

An Active Volcano

There are so many beautiful places in New Zealand, it's hard to decide which to visit first. Although we managed to see quite a lot of the country on our two trips there, many places remain to be seen.

One of the spots we were unable to visit, due to rough seas stopping the boat from attempting the trip, was White Island. White Island is an uninhabited volcano, out to sea off Whakatane, on the East Coast of the North Island.

It used to be a sulphur mine, but when the volcano had a major eruption in 1914, all ten miners were killed. The only survivor of this disaster was a pet cat, which was rescued, and named Peter the Great.

The island is now visited by tourists, taken there by a few licensed operators. There are usually a couple of fumaroles belching sulphur smelling steam, and the volcano has remained active for over 100 years.

Kawerau, North Island.
Kawerau, North Island. | Source


This is a beautiful little stream near the small town of Kawerau, on the North Island. Hopefully it will remain as unspoiled as this. I think the colour of the water is magical, and I think it is ice or snow melt, as it was Spring.

The photo is mine, and is copyright.

Mt. Tarawera.
Mt. Tarawera. | Source

Mt Tarawera - A Volcano on the North Island

Shown is a view of the rift valley on Mt Tarawera, formed during the volcano's last eruption, in 1886. This eruption completely destroyed the beautiful Pink and White Terraces, which were a huge tourist attraction at the time.

We took a helicopter trip to the top, landed and walked around for a while. It's stunning. There was even some unseasonable snow at the top - this was in September, which is Spring.

This was one of the highlights of our trip. The helicopter was a tiny 4 seater, and the cockpit didn't feel like much more than a glass bubble. It was a windy day, and you could feel the wind catching the tiny aircraft. We loved it!

I took this photo as we were coming in to land.

The Helicopter

Helicopter Trip.
Helicopter Trip. | Source

I've inset a shot of the helicopter coming in to land at a clearing at Tarawara. It doesn't show the trees blowing in the wind, nor how small the landing area was. It was a little hairy, but we had a good pilot, seen here in the picture with us. It was a cold day, so we're all rugged up.

The scenery in this area is really great, and I wish the flight could have been longer. We did get the treat of landing on the top of the volcano and walking around. The pilot, Tim, acted as the guide.

Brown Kiwi.
Brown Kiwi. | Source

The Kiwi, A New Zealand Icon.

These birds are quite strange, as they can't fly, are a peculiar shape, and a long beak, but they are beautiful just the same.

We didn't manage to see any in the wild on our trip to NZ, as they are nocturnal, and there are a lot less of them than there used to be, due to habitat loss, and predators. Five species of Kiwi are known, and three of these are endangered.

At least one offshore island has been cleared of feral animals so that kiwis can be re-introduced, and hopefully breed well. Research and conservation is ongoing.

Hell's Gate

One of the many hot sulphur pools.
One of the many hot sulphur pools. | Source

One of the pools at Hell's Gate Thermal Pools near Rotorua. We had a great mud bath here, followed by a dip in a naturally warmed swimming pool.

Walking around the geothermal springs area was a little hard on the nose - the smell of sulphur was very strong. Lots of steam and bubbling water everywhere also. Well worth a visit if you're ever in Rotorua. The only problem was that some of our silver jewellery went dull - we think it was the sulphur!

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Kawerau - A Beautiful Spot On The North Island


We spent some time in Kawerau, as it was well worth it, and even went horseriding through the bush. Of course, as we're not as young as our minds think we are, we suffered from that afterwards.....

We also found that we weren't as game as we used to be, and I for one, didn't want to go fast at all. Although I'd ridden a lot when I was a little younger, it seems I had lost my nerve. Riding in a creek was a whole new experience too, but we wouldn't have missed it.

The track down to the creek was narrow and slippery, - just as well the horses were used to it.

On The Road To Whakatane

Green grass and cows.
Green grass and cows. | Source

Couldn't resist taking a shot of these contented and healthy looking cows. New Zealand has great dairy products. The grass looks so green here, compared to Australia.......

Fairy Springs Wildlife

Keas. | Source

We visited Fairy Springs because they had a wildlife section, but unfortunately none of my kiwi images came out well at all, due to the lighting. This pair of keas were very active. We've now seen them in the wild on the South Island, where they are well known for damaging car windscreen wipers. They like to play with things.

Franz Jozef Glacier

Lots of ice.
Lots of ice. | Source

We visited two glaciers in one day - the closer you got to them, the colder it became. There's a lot of ice in there! Unfortunately, the glaciers are retreating gradually, probably due to global warming.

Fox Glacier

Fox Glacier through trees.
Fox Glacier through trees. | Source

This is one of my favourite shots of the glaciers, a distance shot of Fox.

Walking up to the glacier faces was a bit rough, because sometimes the river from the melt changes course, and the path gets destroyed. It certainly made getting to Fox Glacier quite interesting! On this occasion, I was glad I had a walking stick with me - it certainly helped on the rough rocky spots.

Cascades on the cliffs in the rain.
Cascades on the cliffs in the rain. | Source

Milford Sound, South Island

The day we visited Milford Sound, it was raining all the time. This turned out to be great for viewing the waterfalls down the cliffs, although it wasn't so great for seeing wildlife.

This is one of my favourite shots from the boat.

Otago Hills

Tussock grass.
Tussock grass. | Source

The red tussock grass went on for miles as we drove through Otago, on the South Island. I really liked it, and have no idea why. Would love to have some in my garden, as a feature plant.

I would have brought some back with me, but our customs and quarantine people wouldn't have liked it at all.

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      Jean DAndrea 4 months ago from Victoria, Australia

      Hope you enjoy your trip. New Zealand is a beautiful country, and there is so much to see and do.

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      Sandi89 4 months ago from Sweden

      I'm saving and planning for a trip to NZ by the end of the year! Hopefully on a work&holiday visa so I can stay for a while :-)

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      Takkhis 3 years ago

      New Zealand is one of my dream countries that I wish to visit someday. I like its landscapes very much :)

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      Jean DAndrea 3 years ago from Victoria, Australia

      @Elsie Hagley: We really enjoyed our two visits to NZ and would like to come back again one day, cash flow permitting ! :-) Glad you liked the lens.

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      Elsie Hagley 3 years ago from New Zealand

      I live in New Zealand, love the photos, you have been to some places that I haven't seen.

      As for Rotorua, the smell is good to clear a stuffy head cold, it's the sulphur I think, you get used to it.

      Nice to see you liked it as I do, beautiful scenery.

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      Charito Maranan-Montecillo 3 years ago from Manila, Philippines

      Sounds like a nice place. Wish I could visit it someday. - Ms. Charito from the Philippines

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      Androids4Seniors 4 years ago

      Makes me homesick. Great photos!

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      Jean DAndrea 4 years ago from Victoria, Australia

      @Aibrean82: You'll be able to make the trip soon then! Thanks for visiting

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      Aibrean82 4 years ago

      I am desperate to see New Zealand, but since I'm from Norway it's been too far away. However, I am about to move to Australia and marry my Aussie boyfriend, which makes it a lot closer!

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      shewins 4 years ago

      Wow! Volcanoes and glaciers in one trip. I thought northern California was diverse. It looks like a wonderful trip.

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      Isaclo 4 years ago

      your lens is awesome ! Hope to be able to describe a country as well as you did for New Zeland with images. I like traveling and images like yours make me like it a little bit more....great lens....Thank you for sharing..

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      NatureFan LM 4 years ago

      I love New Zealand! My favorite is the South Island. Hiking the Milford Track is an unforgettable experience.

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      baseballchris46 4 years ago

      Someday I would love to go there. Being in the US its really far from here but someday I want to go there.

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      Jean DAndrea 4 years ago from Victoria, Australia

      @baseballchris46: It's a beautiful country. I've been twice and would love to go again! Thanks for visiting and your blessing.

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      JamieHopes LM 4 years ago

      I would like to visit New Zealand one day. Great pics.

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      anonymous 8 years ago

      Some great pics. How about some more!