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Something Different: New Zealand Pictures! | Kestrel's Aerie

Something Different: New Zealand Pictures! | Kestrel's Aerie

Something Different: New Zealand Pictures!

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Earlier this week—Monday, to be more precise—I finally offloaded the photos from my camera (and my wife’s iPad) to my computer so I could upload them to Picasa.1 Before I give you the links to the libraries on Picasa, here are a few highlights (and naturally, you’ll want to click to embiggen):

The old Auckland Customs House, seen from Auckland Harbor

 

Best. Board. Ever.

Best. Board. Ever.

This sign was outside a pub in Auckland, on the waterfront. We didn’t eat there; instead, we found an Irish pub with some great fish and chips, and some excellent Irish brews.

While touring the Bay of Islands, we encountered a pod of dolphins who were more than happy to entertain us for a bit.

 

Gollum and me

Matamata is where the cast and crew of the Lord of the Rings trilogy made their base as they created, and filmed, the Shire scenes. Unfortunately, we didn’t have the time to take the Hobbiton tour.

 

Beautiful Wellington Harbor

Wellington is known as the “San Francisco of the South Pacific,” and views like this make it easy to understand why. We weren’t there nearly as long as I’d have liked to stay, so I guess we’ll have to go back someday.

 

Franz Josef Glacier

Only a couple decades or so ago, the glacier would have filled the foreground.

 

Where Arwen forded with Frodo, fleeing the Wraith Riders

This 4WD excursion was a lot of fun; unfortunately, I can’t seem to locate some of the better views of Queenstown from above that I was sure I took. Be sure to check out the South Island photo library, linked below, for some cool videos of bungee jumping. (No, I didn’t bungee jump. Maybe next time!)

 

Waterfalls at Milford Sound: There were, literally, thousands of falls pouring into the sound.

Our tour manager kept telling us she hoped it was raining when we got to Milford Sound, because so many more waterfalls are visible. She was right! And when I say “literally” thousands of falls, I do mean “literally.”

For more photos throughout the North Island, look here. And, for more photos of Wellington and the South Island, check out this library.

  1. I also ended up purchasing 20GB of storage from Google for $5/year, to be sure I had enough room to store said photos. Twenty gigs for five bucks? What’s not to like? It costs more for a vente mocha at Starbucks, when you include gas and tax.
 

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6 Responses to Something Different: New Zealand Pictures!
  1. Tami
    March 9, 2011 | 11:02

    AMAZING!

    Wow, so awesome. Thanks for taking the time to do both the post and the picasa!
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    • Steve
      March 9, 2011 | 11:13

      So glad you enjoyed them! Believe me, the photos don’t do justice to the actual vistas of New Zealand. It’s an utterly gorgeous country!

  2. Mazil
    March 9, 2011 | 15:12

    Oooh, lovely. Those waterfalls are amazing! And the colour of the water in those bungee jumping pics is incredible too!
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    • Steve
      March 9, 2011 | 16:13

      I have to say, if we’d had more time (and the weather had been nicer around Q’town, I just might have tried the bungy (NZ spelling) jump. :)

  3. Naithin
    March 9, 2011 | 15:40

    You sure did get around! <3

    It's actually fairly great for me to see people take in these sites. It's like when my friend from the states came over (he's been here twice now!) and we went all over the place.

    I live in a suburban type area, but I don't have to drive much more than 30 minutes to see sites like that, yet it's still so easy to take them for granted.
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    • Steve
      March 9, 2011 | 16:15

      One thing I noticed about NZ is that, no matter where you are, including around Auckland, “back to nature” is never, ever very far away. And green…even in midsummer, every place we went was GREEN. So many areas of the US you simply don’t see that much greenery.

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