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Rā 355 Rātu 20 o Hakihea

A beautiful day in Wellington – stunning in fact! Clear blue sky and just a light breeze.  Pick of the day is this Tui guzzling on harakeke nectar at the top of Mount Victoria this morning. 

Lunch round the bay at Chocolate Fish cafe, then browsing in Cuba Street and a ride in the Cable Car followed by a walk through the Botanics. Loved the evening buzz along the waterfront; people eating, drinking, playing, chatting in the bars, restaurants and the walkway and some still jumping into the water! 

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Rā 354 Rāhina 19 o Hakihea

On the road today from a wet and windy National Park passing through some stunning scenery (some of it missed by some sleepyheads) to arrive in the Wairarapa in sunshine. We made stops at iconic NZ landmarks and town clocks! 

1. The Giant Carrot in Ohakune where we discovered the delights of the Chinese vegetable memorial park (photo pick of the day)

2. The Giant Gumboot in Taihape.

3. The unbelieve-a-bull Bulls.

4. The Golden Shears in Masterton

5. The daffodil town of Carterton where we had a delicious Christmas dinner with Moira and Terry.

Finally to Silverstream which is our base for the next three days. Phew!

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Rā 353 Rātapu 18 o Hakihea

Too windy for the Tongariro Crossing so we headed for Tama Lakes. Turned into a beautiful day so a heap of stunning photos but I cheated so much yesterday that I’ll have to choose only one today!

This is the highest point looking down to the lower Tama Lake with a still snow be-robed Ruapehu behind.

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Rā 352 Rāhoroi 17 o Hakihea

Phew! A big day out today -Hamilton to National Park via Rotorua and Taupo. First stop Whakarewarewa for some Maori culture and history then Kuirau Park to see mud pools and a hot foot bath. On to Kerosene Creek for a hot swim then to Huka Falls before driving around Lake Taupo to Turangi and over to National Park. Cheating again…who can choose one photo for the day?


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Rā 347 Rāhina 12 o Hakihea

My sister and my niece arrived today. First time for them in New Zealand and three years since I saw them. So very excited. First stop. ..Pokeno for ice cream then a walk around Hamilton Gardens and then Christmas tree decorating just to keep jet lag at bay!  Lovely to see cousins together again.  Three photos  (cheating again!)