Well, here we are, only 2 months and 2 countries later...but the photos have finally arrived (no thanks to the sensitive security of the USA!).
Photo 1 was during our crossing of the Cook Strait from Picton to Wellinton. It was a dark and eerie day, not to mention windy as we passed thorough the narrow "dog's hind leg" of the Queen charlotte Sound.
Although it was rainy, a pancake breakfast soon put a smile on our faces again...especially with some Canadian maple syrup to boot! Quite a feat in our little cozy campervan home.
Once in Wellington, we visited Te Papa Museum - a fantastic showcase of NZ and its people. Inside, there was a floor dedicated to Maori culture which included a full size Marae - Meeting House/Lodge. When we were there, there was also a exhibition on Lord of the Rings. It was amazing! Costumes, swords, props, backdrops and videos outlining the making of the movie. The only thing that came close to this was the sheep shearing game which scored you by running over bar codes on the sheep...quite a deviation from arcade games! We ended up spending the entire day from there (10 am - 9 pm) and even met an older fellow there who turned out to be the lighthouse keeper's son who lived off the coast of Larne in Northern Ireland. Small world!
On our way north from Wellington, we stopped in a small village called Foxton (just off of Palmerston North) to admire their very Dutch looking 'De Molen' Windmill. Check out this website for more info if you are interested: http://www.enterprisecoastnz.com/pages/foxtonwindmill
The fun didn't stop there. Along the road towards Taranaki, there were plenty of things that made us stop and go "hmmmm". Check out the signs we saw.
Sorry folks - no photos yet, but as soon as we can, we will get some up to share with you. It was superb! Highly recommended as a travel destination!
KEY PLACES VISITED:
Taranaki (Mount Egmont) - as seen in the movie THE LAST SAMURAI
Whakatane (east of Rotorua on the coast)
Bay of Islands (north of Auckland)