North Island
South Island
  • Abel Tasman
  • West Coast
  • Arthur's Pass
  • Mt. Aspiring
  • Milford Track
  • Otago Penn.
  • The North Island, New Zealand
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    During our week and a half on the North Island, we visited Auckland, the Bay of Islands, Corromandel, Rotorua, and Wellington. The few remaining wild regions of the island are quite beautiful, with lush trees and ferns. Unfortunately, most of the land has been deforested and turned into farms or replanted with non-native pine trees for timber. One highlight was a side trip to Waitomo Caves, where we viewed dramatic cave formations and thousands of glowworms in the dark that lit up the ceiling like stars (no pictures allowed). It was also a nice, sheltered reprieve from the seemingly endless rain.

    Bottlenose dolphin watching
    in the Bay of Islands

    Lush tree ferns on the
    Corromandel Penninsula

    The spectacular pohutukawa was in bloom throughout the area

    One of a few small remaining stands of the huge, native kauri trees

    Pretty stream flowing
    through the forest

    The Rotorua area is a geothermic wonderland - with lots of geysers
    (and spas!)

    We got to see some 3-week old sheep at the Agrodome farm show

    A Maori Hanga (similiar to a Hawaiian Luau) at Tamaki Village near Rotorua

    Mt. Ruapehu volcano in
    Tongariro National Park

    Copyright 2001 - Ann Mei Chang