Mike and I took a vacation trip to New Zealand in May, 2003. Andy was already there, working at Vidal Estate winery near the city of Napier at Hawkes Bay on the North Island. We flew into Aukland, picked up our "North Island car" and drove over to see Andy, stopping the first night at Lake Taupo (where we were introduced to New Zealand green lip mussels!). After a couple of days with Andy, we continued south to Wellington and the Ta Papa Museum, and then on to the ferry to the South Island.
After leaving the ferry, we picked up our "South Island car" (remarkably like the one we'd left in the north), and headed over to the West Coast. We drove for two days, ending up in Queenstown, where we spent the next week. We flew from Queenstown back to Aukland, and from there back to the US.
The New Zealand Tourism Board maintains a beautiful web site that we used a lot before going over there. It's filled with maps and pictures.
And speaking of beautiful pictures, here is a sampling of the ones we took. The picture at the top was taken from our car, driving across the northern part of the South Island on our way over to the west coast.
By clicking on the thumbnails or captions below, you will see a larger version (800x600, around 100KB) in this window. I hope you enjoy them.
|With some New Zealand friends at Vidal's Restaurant.|
|Sailing through the sky,
Te Mata Peak, Hawkes Bay.
|Equal time for Mike at Punakaiki Rocks.|
|Franz Josef Glacier, further down
the west coast,
|Mike on top of Ben Lomond|
|A morning cruise on
|Our cruise on Doubtful Sound|
|A beer in Aukland|
Haere ra. Ka kite ano.
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