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New Zealand is a country of rare seismic beauty: glacial mountains, fast-flowing rivers, deep, clear lakes, hissing geysers and boiling mud. There are also abundant native forests, long, deserted beaches and a variety of fauna, such as the kiwi, endemic to its shores. Any number of vigorous outdoor activities - tramping (hiking), skiing, rafting and, of course, that perennial favourite, bungy jumping - await the adventurous. You can swim with dolphins, gambol with newborn lambs, whale-watch or fish for fattened trout in pristine streams and rivers.

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It was sunny along the coast, but clouds were starting to roll in over the mountains.: by taylortreks, Views[27]
 
The splashes became even more intriguing as the rocks were more and more jumbled. : by taylortreks, Views[30]
 
The waves made GREAT splashes as they careened into the rocks.: by taylortreks, Views[35]
 
Of course we had to watch the waves come crashing in to the rocky shore.: by taylortreks, Views[31]
 
Just one of the thousands of shells along the shore. My red penknife is shown to give a sense of scale.: by taylortreks, Views[43]
 
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Photos: Walking Around Kaikoura

Mon, 15 Apr 2019 | By taylortreks | Photo Gallery

The day after our whale watch, we walked around the Kaikoura peninsula before driving back to Nelson. It was a great opportunity to stretch our legs and explore new territory before the 4-hour trip to Nelson.
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Photos: Kaikoura Whale Watching

Sun, 14 Apr 2019 | By taylortreks | Photo Gallery

This was our 3rd trip to New Zealand and we've gone to Kaikoura each time to watch whales. This trip didn't disappoint although the seas were a bit rough at time.
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Anchors Aweigh: Auckland

Sun, 14 Apr 2019 | By vagabonds3 | Views [29]

GREETINGS FROM AUCKLAND, NEW ZEALAND.  The Air New Zealand flight from LAX was surprisingly comfortable — for coach, that is — and both of us actually got some sleep.  I just can’t get myself to spend triple the price of ... Read more >

Delay, delay, delay

Sun, 14 Apr 2019 | By nomad_kiwis | Views [87]

I did wonder about just not doing this any more... but if there's anything I've discovered about life it's that what I feel or think one day will invariably change tomorrow, next week, next year. We have had an awesome summer in Kiwilandia this year.... Read more >

Photos: To Kaikoura

Sat, 13 Apr 2019 | By taylortreks | Photo Gallery

We took a couple of days to drive from Nelson to Kaikoura for whale watching and to check on the road rebuild after the 2016 earthquake. Here are two points of interest along our trip there.
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Photos: Abel Tasman Sailing

Tue, 9 Apr 2019 | By taylortreks | Photo Gallery

We definitely wanted so spend more time on the water during this trip to New Zealand. What better way to tick that box than to have a sailing adventure in Abel Tasman National Park.
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Photos: Nelson Sunsets

Sat, 6 Apr 2019 | By taylortreks | Photo Gallery

We had sweeping views of Nelson Bay and Abel Tasman National Park from our holiday house in Nelson. Consequently, we had stunning sunrises and sunsets across the watery panorama.
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Photos: Huka Falls

Thu, 4 Apr 2019 | By taylortreks | Photo Gallery

We missed Huka Falls on our previous trips, so we made sure to stop by this time. However, the 'falls' were pedestrian -- we think the big draw for them is the jet boat trip through the narrow channel.
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Photos: Craters of the Moon

Wed, 3 Apr 2019 | By taylortreks | Photo Gallery

Just north of Taupo is a small thermal reserve, Craters of the Moon. Looking at these photos, it's easy to see how the name came about.
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Photos: Napier

Tue, 2 Apr 2019 | By taylortreks | Photo Gallery

A nice side trip to Napier so we could visit some of our favorite places (Te Mata Peak) and see some new locations (Otatara Pa).
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Photos: Aratiatia Dam

Thu, 28 Mar 2019 | By taylortreks | Photo Gallery

The ravine below the dam was used to film scenes in The Hobbit. So, of course we had to stop by and take a peek.
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Photos: Sunrise on Lake Taupo

Wed, 27 Mar 2019 | By taylortreks | Photo Gallery

We had some stunning sunrises at Lake Taupo. Here's a sampling of some of the best.
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Photos: Rotorua Canopy Tour

Tue, 26 Mar 2019 | By taylortreks | Photo Gallery

Our 2nd visit to Canopy Tour in Rotorua. They added a longer excursion with more ziplines, so OF COURSE we had to take it!
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Photos: Lake Taupo Sailing

Mon, 25 Mar 2019 | By taylortreks | Photo Gallery

Tour Lake Taupo on sailboat and see Maori rock carvings up close and personal
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Photos: Russell - Waitangi

Wed, 20 Mar 2019 | By taylortreks | Photo Gallery


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