Alma's life

New-Zealand

In 1996, I went to visit the North island of New-Zealand for a month. I stayed in and around Auckland, and also went to spend a few days in Rotorua, and in the Bay of islands.

Rotorua is well known for its abundance of volcanic activity. There are many thermal parks with active geysers, boiling water pools, bubbling mud pools, and in fact it's not at all unusual to see hot steam coming out from underneath the pavement, in people's gardens and so on. The whole town has a strong smell of sulphur, which one quickly gets used to.

I visited several of the parks in Rotorua, and due to my interest in native cultures, I went to experience two authentic Maori evenings in villages reconstructed to show how the Maori people lived a long time ago. Those evenings were the best part of my trip, and both included the famous "hangi", the Maori meal that is cooked in baskets in an Earth oven, steamed for hours from the hot steam coming from under the rocks.

On leaving Rotorua I made a one day trip to Kiwi Fruit Country in Te Puke, on the way back to Auckland. I never knew there were so many different kinds of kiwi fruits, nor had I even seen so many of them in my life.

I later went to the north part of the Island called the Bay of islands, and visited some of the nice little places there.

I hope you enjoy these few photos of my trip.

In and around Auckland

Beach near Auckland
Maraetai Bay, near Auckland
Beach near Auckland
Wenderholm bay, just north of Auckland
pohutukawa tree
Native NZ pohutukawa tree, in full bloom at Christmas along the beaches
pohutukawa flowers
Flowers of the native NZ pohutukawa tree, also known as the NZ Christmas tree
One tree hill
One tree hill in Auckland (the "one tree" was since then cut down by some crazy person !)
Tiki in airport
Tiki carving (Maori carving) inside Auckland airport
Auckland Botanic Gardens
Ti Rakau (cabbage tree) in Auckland's botanic gardens
Auckland North Point
Auckland North Point
View from North Point
View from North Point
Cheltenham beach
Cheltenham beach see from North Point
Auckland harbour
Auckland harbour seen from North Point
Auckland harbour
Auckland harbour seen from North Point
hills
On our way to Rotorua
hills
Somewhere between Auckland and Rotorua