Christchurch S.Island.

The Wizard. He talks to people in the Cathedral Square everyday about any subject!

The Wizards car. Isn’t it brilliant?

Christchurch Cathedral. This  unfortunately is no longer there after the earthquake of last year.

Hundreds of Dusky Dolphins off the coast of Kaukoura, South Island.

‘Roaring Meg’. The first bungee jump ever was done over this river!

Queenstown. Looking at the ‘Remarkables’. And they are truly remarkable!!

Me and my backpack. Yes, I was leaning forward because of the weight!!

This is ‘E’ in front of Mount Cook. At 3755 metres high it is the highest peak in Australasia. We camped under the mount  listening to avalanches all night! It was freezing cold at night even though it was N.Z. summer.

Rotorua. New Year’s Day and  the first shaft of sunlight of 2001 in the world (except for Fiji)

White Island. This is an active volcano in the Bay Of Plenty. We had to wear gas masks and chemical suits because the air is so poisonous with sulphur.

Ka mate,Ka mate

Ka ora, Ka ora

Tenei tetangata, puhuruhuru

Nana i tiki mai whakawhiti te ra

Upane, upane

Upane kaupane

Whiti te ra…….

Happy New Year


9 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. ceciliag
    Jan 07, 2012 @ 18:34:05

    Ah 2001.. I got a surprise then.. great shots, i am so glad you liked NZ.. I come from Hawke’s Bay did you get over that way? Ka Kite.. c


  2. Sueb
    Jan 07, 2012 @ 21:05:11

    Makes me want to visit even more! thanks for a fantastic blog.


  3. Bridget
    Jan 11, 2012 @ 15:22:36

    This time 9 years ago we were in India. Isn’t it fab to have visited foreign shores and experienced another culture? Thanks for sharing your pics and memories of your trip.


    • willowarchway
      Jan 11, 2012 @ 15:47:12

      You should share your photos and memories of your travels through your blog, cos travelling isn’t just an experience it’s life building. Would love to see your India experience!


  4. Bridget Foy
    Jan 20, 2012 @ 17:17:18

    Hi guys! I really like your blog so I’ve nominated you for a Versatile Blogger Award. Check my blog to find out more about the award.


  5. facelikeafryingpan
    Jun 16, 2012 @ 14:36:33

    Beautiful shots! The Wizard looks like a fun individual. Curious to know what his topic was when you saw him. lol. Like his car. Rather Mr. Bean-ish.


    • willowarchway
      Jun 16, 2012 @ 15:32:29

      The Wizard is a very eccentric character !! It’s a while ago now but we remember the topic that day was ‘women’ !! It was really funny as he hit on the differences between men and women and it was all so true ! I think that’s what we tend to forget that there are differences, but that’s what makes us all unique.


  6. Carolyn Lane
    Jun 22, 2012 @ 09:07:39

    We’re in the Swiss-half of our year now, so it was heart-tugging to see some NZ photos, thank you! So gla


  7. Carolyn Lane
    Jun 22, 2012 @ 09:10:41

    Whoops – pressed a key before that comment was complete (there must be a phrase for that – premature something!). Was going to say – so glad you went to White Island – just an amazing experience to see the remnants of human endeavour in such a harsh landscape.


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