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New Zealand is a beautiful country. Her waters, mountains, cities, and landscapes are uniquely pristine and accessible. It is a country made for renting a car and exploring. You'll need at least a month and then you will just want to go back for more.



Akaroa Harbor

Located on a pinensula south and east of Christchurch, Akaroa is a very old community nestled in an ancient volcano.

Yes, it is touristy with its colonial architecture, galleries, craft stores, and cafés. It is also the departure point for boat rides to view the wildlife in the Bay. We saw many seals and dolphins.

Akaroa is the place to relax and just take in the natural beauty of the area.

Akaroa

Walters Ranch


Queenstown

Queenstown is a lively, beautiful resort town on New Zealand's South Island. It rests beside pristine Lake Wakatipu and is surrounded by snow-capped mountains.

Busy those New Zealanders are -- bungy jumping, wine trails, jet boating, gondoling up the mountains, go carting on mountain sides or tramping the trails.

The Earnslaw is a coal fired steamer that takes you across the lake to Walters Sheep Ranch which is pictured on the left.


Milford Sound

Rudyard Kipling called the sound the "Eighth Wonder of the World."

It is the Norwegian Fjord of the southern hemisphere. And, it is New Zealand's most famous and most visited tourist attraction.

Milford Sound

Paikaiai


Punakaiki Rocks

At Dolomite Point the layers of Pancake Rocks are a heavily eroded limestone area where the sea booms though blowholes during high tides.

The pancake-layering of the limestone was created by immense pressure on alternating hard and soft layers of marine creatures and plant sediments.


Auckland

Auckland is the largest city on North Island and contains about 1/3 of the population of New Zealand including many Maori. It has the largest polynesian population of any city in the world.

It is one of the few cities in the world to have harbours on two separate major bodies of water -- the Tasman Sea to the west and the Pacific Ocean to the east -- occupying an isthmus between them.

Auckland

Carriage House


Christchurch

The largest city on South Island is very English in nature from its Avon River, to its natural parks, to its architecture, to its Lawn Bowling.

Christchurch is known as the Garden City. It has many leafy avenues and squares. There are spectacular gardens such as the Mona Vale and the Royal Botanical. Time a visit for spring and you can attend one of the two large floral festivals.


Earthquake Damage

Christchurch has been struck by several large earthquakes in recent years. To the right is the cathedral before and after the latest quake.

The city is open for business. Clean up continues and it will continue for years to come. The city remains vibrant and alive and coming back.

Earthquake

Mirror Lakes


Mirror Lake

Lake Matheson or Mirror Lake mainly reflects Mount Cook and Mount Tasman. Located on South Island, the lake is often visited by people going to Milford Sound.

Mirror Lake is also near Franz Josef Glacier and Fox Glacier.

To me it is representative of the beauty that exists on New Zealand's South Island.

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