Here we give some pictures of our trip in New Zealand, March-April 2007. After a stopover af a few days in Kuala Lumpur (via Malaysian Airlines - a lot of space between seats!) the trip in New Zealand started in Christchurch. There a camper was rented and with a lot of driving (about 4,000 km), South Island and North Island were explored.
New Zealand has a very varied landscape, where one can find everything of the world on a relative short distance: the fjords of Norway, the Swiss alps with glaciers, the rainforest of British Columbia, the volcanoes, thermal fields and geysirs of Iceland, it is all there. On top of that some unique own interesting things:
the Maori culture, glowworm caves, enormous kiwifruit plantations, besides sheep, sheep, sheep,...

petronas towers KL
Stopover in Maleisia: the Petronas towers in  Kuala Lumpur.

panorama KL
Panoramic view of the "golden triangel" of KL from the TV-tower.

gerechtsgebouw KL
The court house of KL.

Batu caves KL
Batu caves, a Hindu sanctuary in KL.

chinese wijk KL
The entrance of Chinatown in KL.

Lake Tekapo
The first day in New Zealand: On the road to Mount Cook village: Lake Tekapo.

Sheep, sheep, millions of sheep!

Mount Cook village
Heavy storm and rain, the whole night in Mount Cook village.
A few kilometers back, away of the mountains, the sun is shining...

Clay cliffs 
The Clay Cliffs near Omarama.

Mouraki boulders
The Mouraki boulders at the East coast.

Otago peninsula
Otago Peninsula, near Dunedin.

Yellow eye pinguins, Otago Peninsula
Yellow eye pinguins, Otago peninsula.

station Dunedin
The beautiful station of Dunedin.

milford road
The road to the Milford Sound, clouded with a little rain.

Milford road regenwoud
Nice walks along the Milford road in the rainforest

Big tree ferns along Milford road. 

Milford sound

There it is at last, the Milford Sound! At the start of the boattrip we had rain, at the return trip, the sun comes through...

Milford Sound 
Milford Sound from the seaside.

Skippers Canyon  
Queenstown: Skippers Canyon, known for all kinds of extreme sports: benji jumping (from the bridge),
jetboating, wildwater rafting,...

The neighbourhood of Queenstown.

pas naar Wanaka
De pass between Queenstown and Wanaka.

Visschotel Wanaka
Fishmeal in Wanaka: Bluff oysters, mussels 2x the size of the "jumbo's" of the "old" (Dutch) Zeeland...

Munro beach
After a halve hour walk through the rainforest: Munro Beach.

Mount Cook
Mount Cook and Tasman seen from the West (ocean side).

mount Cook en Tasman
Mount Cook and Tasman seen from the East (land side) out of an helicopter.

ijsvlakte mount Cook
De West side of the Mount Cook region with oncoming clouds from the Tasman sea.

Franz Joseph glacier
Franz Joseph glacier.

Arthur's pass
The bridge over Arthur's pass.

Kea at Arthur's pass
Kea on Arthur's pass, a brutal kind of parrot...

haze over the west coast road
Fog from the Tasman sea rolls over the West Coast road.

de pancakes
The "pancakes" layers of rock deformed by the sea.

blow hole pancakes
The waves blow through the "blow holes"

Abel Tasman split apple
Abel Tasman national park: Split Apple rock, seen from the watertaxi.

Abel Tasman NP coast walk
Beautiful: the "Coast Walk" in Abel Tasman national park.

Havelock, like Yerseke in The Netherlands: the capital of rising (here enormous Greenlip) mussels.

Picton with Interislander ferry terminal.

Interislander ferry
The Interislander ferry.

Wellington met cable car
Wellington with cable car seen from the botanical gardens.

The NZ Parliament with the "Beehive".

Old St. John's
Old St. John's, the oldest church of Wellington.

Te Papa museum
Te Papa museum in Wellington.

verboden voor honden
A remarkable traffic sign in Wellington!

Ohakune mountain road
View from the Ohakune mountain road, Tongariro national park.
The road starts in Ohakune on 600 m altitude and ends at a ski area on 1600 m.
In between one passes the start of different hikes...

pad naar Waitongo falls here, the path to the Waitongo waterfall (1,5 hour return).

Mount Ruapehu volcano, the highest mountain on North Island, still active. Tongariro NP.

Craters of the Moon
Craters of the Moon thermal field, one of the many thermal fields along the Taupo-Rotorua road.

champagne lake
Champagne lake Wai-o-Tapu (Thermal Wonderland)...

...more sights of Wai-o-Tapu...

Nog meer Wai-o-Tapu
Silicate- and sulfur deposits by cooling down of water and vapors in Wai-o-Tapu.

Silicate deposits in Wai-o-Tapu.

mudpot Te Puia
Bubbling mud holes in Te Puia thermal field, Rotorua.

Price Charles geiser net voor de uitbarsting
Prince Charles' Feathers geysir, just before the eruption.
If this one begins, some 15 minutes later the Pohutu geysir starts erupting...

Pohutu geiser
The Pohutu geysir, erupts about every hour.

Maori kultuur
The evening, a Moari cultural event in the neighbourhood of Rotorua...

Maori dansen
...with their classical dances.

Then a visit at a kiwi-plantation...

kiwi sortering
...where the harvest started just the day before our visit. Here the kiwi's are sorted day and night
automatically on weight class, but counting and packaging still are manual.

Waihi goudmijn
Goldmine nearby Waihi. Exploration ends in 2007.

Hahei beach, Coromandel.

Cathedral Cove
Cathedral Cove, Coromandel.

Cormandel Cove
Cathedral Cove, Coromandel.

square kauri
Square Kauri tree, Coromandel.

haven Auckland
View at the harbour of Auckland...

TV toren Auckland
...from the TV-tower.

havengebouw Auckland
Harbour building Auckland, with excellent fish restaurant (and marvellous ice cream at the backside).

Old mirrored in new, Auckland.

Belgian beer café, Auckland
Last day in New Zealand at the Belgian Beer (!) Café, Auckland...

This was the end of a nice trip to New Zealand. We did see much in a short time. Very varying landscape, very friendly and helpful people and the special culture of the Maori's. From Auckland, we flew back via Kuala Lumpur, again with Malaysian airlines, from the start of the last hotel to before our home we travelled 30 hours...

A few good starting points for trips to New Zealand:

On the net: 25 April, 2007
Last update: 6 August, 2007

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