The Kiwi Adventure
New Zealand - Start Over!

Milford Sound It had not been part of my plan to go to Milford Sound - it's a long drive - but due to local weather conditions I reasoned it would be my best bet. And I was richly rewarded. Gods, to think if I hadn't done that, I would have missed one of the most beautiful spots in the world. And this was the only sunny day in many weeks' time - what a lucky coincidence.

Milford Sound
 

Queenstown Some of the best scenery to be found in NZ - never mind the party-goers.

Queenstown
 

The Remarkables Another wow. A great climb, a spectacular view like from a plane and a sheer vertical drop on one side - the Remarkables truly deserve their name.

The Remarkables
 

Franz Josef Glacier Taking the helicopter and hiking the glacier - maybe my best memory.

Franz Josef Glacier
 

Russel / Paihia Ah, Russel. What a beautiful litte place. Tranquil, quiet, so much unlike the noisy and touristy Paihia just across the bay. Incredibly restful. And a good base to dive the Rainbow Warrior.

Russel / Paihia
 

Rotorua Odours of sulphur pervade the town, and the national parks with their volcanic origin will fascinate you - geysers and hot springs galore.

Rotorua
 

Mt Cook Wow. The scenery along the way alone would have been worth the drive. And I got to see Mt Cook at sunset.

Mt Cook
 

Tranzalpine Taking the train to cross the Alpes.

Tranzalpine
 

Wellington New Zealand's capital, and it is sad I could only spend one day there as it was easily the most atmospheric and captivating city in Kiwi land. Cuba Road...

Wellington
 

Arrowtown Chosen as an alternative place to stay (Queenstown was full), this turned out to be a surprise as it was one of the locations where Lord of the Rings was filmed.

Arrowtown
 

Auckland Auckland is ok, but it didn't inspire me in any way - somehow a poor copy of Sydney in too many respects. Except for the TV tower! Oh, and the Queen Elisabeth 2 called in while I was there.

Auckland