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By: Simon Bradshaw

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Sunday, 29-Jan-2006 09:37 Email | Share | | Bookmark
Crowne Plaza Visit

Island Suite Mezzanine
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Sunday, 30-Jan-2005 00:00 Email | Share | | Bookmark
New Zealand Holiday - Napier

Sutffed Possums in (Death To) Possum World
A very non-stuffed Manta in the aquarium
Daliesque clouds over Hawke's Bay
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We spent a couple of days on the Hawke's Bay coast of North Island, at the town of Napier. Napier was destroyed in an earthquake in 1931, and rebuilt in the fashionable Art Deco style of the time. It sits in the heart of NZ wine country, a fact we put to good use in an afternoon tour of no less than six wineries.

Weird feature of Napier: Possum World, a bizarre museum dedicated to NZ's most loathed pest. Lots of possums, stuffed in little dioramas showing their life cycle, environmentally-devastating eating habits, and the best ways of killing them.

Monday, 17-Jan-2005 00:00 Email | Share | | Bookmark
New Zealand Holiday - Tongario and Around

On the slopes of Mt Ruapehu, aka Mordor
B gets into character. "This way, Hobbitses..."
Heroic Explorer pose
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Christmas Day - a drive around Tongariro Volcanic Park (in the rain!), more hot springs and then better weather on the north shore of Lake Taupo and at Huka Falls.

Sunday, 16-Jan-2005 00:00 Email | Share | | Bookmark
New Zealand Holiday - Wairakei

One alternative to a fence!
Lovely and warm
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After a couple of days in Auckland, we drove down to the Lake Taupo region of central North Island. We spent a couple of days at Wairakei, just to the north of Taupo where the Waikato river drains north through a thermal hot-spot. The thermal activity is very obvious; our country-club style hotel had a hot stream running around it, whilst nearby was the Craters of the Moon thermal park, formed when the nearby geothermal power plant diverted the ground water through a hot zone.

Monday, 10-Jan-2005 00:00 Email | Share | | Bookmark
New Zealand Holiday - Auckland

Auckland Harbour
The Old Ferry Building
Out across the Harbour
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The first set of pictures from the trip Bridget and I made to New Zealand over the holidays. These are from our first couple of days, spent in and around Auckland; most of them are from the morning of the 22nd Dec, when we had a brief respite from the rain and took the ferry across the harbour to the pretty suburb of Devonport.

Mount Victoria, like a lot of the landscape features around Auckland and indeed New Zealand as a whole, is volcanic in origin. It's not especially large by volcano standards, but it's certainly a steep walk to the top! Well worth it though, for the superb views from the summit.

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