"New Zealand at last!" New Zealand by trees100ft

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After having postponed our trip by a full year, we finally made our way down under to New Zealand in Nov-Dec 2003. It was indeed a memorable holiday.

I'm in love. With New Zealand. Its remoteness, its rugged beauty, the space, its indomitable spirit comes together so beautifully to make NZ truly one of the most desirable places to live in.

The memories that I have now
- winds that tear down the sides of the mountains, almost toppling our motorhome
- French town - Akaroa - 2 hours out of Christchurch
- being 'beach fleas' at Mitimiti Beach
- smells of Rotorua
- elephant mountain at Milford
- the best motor park of them all
- The Desert Road in the heart of the North Island
- jet lag
- fun names like Kohukohu, Kerikeri, Mitimiti, Matamata, Paihia, Whakarewarewa, Whangarei,
- the Tui
- morepork
- the pohutukawa in bloom for Christmas
- sand dunes
- trampolines
- dining halls
- speed traps
- The Mount
- crater of Mt Eden
- slices
- Real fruit ice cream
- best Indian food in Christchurch
- The Marbles
- Gore and trout
- Hobbiton
- Homer's tunnel
- helicopter rides
- Donne's Glacier
- Mt Cook and The Hermitage
- feeding duckies
- Flax and weaving
- sheep
- gannets
- Kauris and giants
- Shotover jetboat
- luging

Treasures along the beaches

We had enough time to linger at some of the off-the-beaten track places. It was near the Far North.

We spent a wonderful afternoon on a desolated beach near the Hokianga Harbour, and saw lots of specimens of anemones, rams' horns (hard remains of squids), blue bottles, green-lipped mussels, barnacles, limpets, sea stars, stone crabs.

Ram's horns are the skeletal remains of deep-sea squids. They are about 1-inch spirals that are often mistaken for shells. They are gas-filled chambers that help to keep the squids afloat in an upright position. When the squids die, these skeletons float to the surface of the sea and are often washed up to shore.

  • Last visit to New Zealand: Nov 2003
  • Intro Updated Mar 18, 2004
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