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Tēnā koutou katoa

This is all about New Zealand - Aotearoa - and the time I spent there. Magical times, beautiful scenery, gushing geysers, thermal wonderlands. Hear about Waitangi Day, discover the meaning of the word "Aotearoa", see the Glaciers, read about hangis and Hakas, and visit the beautiful Bay of Islands. So come with me on a journey - a journey to The Land of The Long White Cloud.
Kia ora


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33. Taupo to Wellington - Magic Birthday 1

Wednesday 10 January

Today is my birthday and we left Taupo at 8.00am. It was wet, foggy and one of the most boring road trips ever. Had I known that this part of the trip there are no "activities" - it was just a c ase of getting from A to B (Taupo to Wellington), I'd have arranged my trip differently. Ah well, we live and learn! No photos were possible of Mount Ruapehu ot Tongariro NP - you couldn't see through the fog. Although the sky was a bit clearer further south.

Art Gallery

This bright blue building is at 43 Mataroa Rd. Taihape. Taihape is a small market town on the southern edge of the Central Volcanic Plateau, and occupies a basin on the banks of the Hautapu River. It was originally known as Koronokonui. Today, it promotes itself as the "Gumboot capital of New Zealand" - the locals compete aggressively in the celebrated annual "Gumboot Throwing Contest" in which participants endeavour to toss a gumboot the greatest distance across a paddock.

Along the way

Scenery from the bus window somewhere along the highway.

Morning Tea stop

We stopped here for a tea break. I can't remember the name of the place, but if I do I'll post it up.

Morning Tea stop


I just had to get a photo of sheep - where would New Zealand be without all its sheep? Did you know New Zealand has 13 times as many sheep as people? - that's approx. 47.2 million sheep.
No wonder there are so many sheep jokes. (All New Zealand jokes are about sheep!)


Mary Stebbins Taitt said...

I love the sheep and the pansies on the other blog and the beautiful scenery and the Hot Artz Studio!

BlossomFlowerGirl said...

Hello Mary, thanks for your comments - I'm glad you enjoyed them. New Zealand is a wonderful place and very beautiful.

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