January 2011

 

Memories of Aotearoa

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Magnificent Milford Sound in Fiordland National Park

Aotearoa is what the Maori call New Zealand where, as all my regular readers know, I was recently lucky enough to visit courtesy of P&O Cruises. I was the guest speaker on the ‘Pacific Dawn’ on a 14 -night cruise that called at Auckland, Rotorua, Napier, Wellington, Christchurch and Dunedin. Read more… We ended the cruise with a wonderful day’s voyaging through the gorgeous scenery of the Fiordland National Park right in the bottom western corner of New Zealand. Fantastic!

Here, as promised, are some photos of the trip.

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More roses in the Lady Norwood Rose Gardens

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The beautiful Lady Norwood Rose Gardens in Wellington

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Anna Campbell on the beach near Pencarrow Lodge outside Wellington

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Anna Campbell with Maori dancer at Waimangu Volcanic Valley near Rotorua

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New Zealand’s national symbol, the silver fern, in rainforest at Waitakere Ranges Regional Park near Auckland

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Rivers of boiling water and volcanic vent at Waimangu Volcanic Valley

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Murawai gannet colony and coastal scenery near Auckland

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Jazz Band seeing the ship off at Napier, New Zealand’s Art Deco city

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Milford Sound on a perfect summer’s day