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Pictures of the fourth part of our New Zealand trip (South Island North Island)
(Dunedin Christchurch Picton Ferry to the North Island)
(Ferry from South Island Wellington Masterton Hastings Wanganui New Plymouth Taumarunui Taupo)
Part 1: Dunedin Invercargill Milford Sound Queenstown
Part 2: Queenstown Wanaka Mt. Cook Arthur's Pass Greymouth Lewis Pass Kaikoura Nelson Fox Glacier (Westcoast)
Part 3: Fox Glacier (Westcoast) – Wanaka – Queenstown – Alexandra – Oamaru – Dunedin
Part 5: Taupo – Rotorua – Napier – Gisborne – East Cape – Tauranga – Coromandel
Part 6: Coromandel – Seabird Coast – Whangarei – Bay of Islands – Doubtless Bay – Cape Reinga – Hokianga – Tauranga
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latest picture: May 14, 2008
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208  Our departure day
from Dunedin is blessed
with a special sunrise
 209  On the longest bridge of New
Zealand, in Rakaia, one of the frequently
circulating freight trains is approaching
210  The growth of pasture is
accelerated with a huge
rotating irrigation system
211  A rectangular patch of a
reforestation that hurts our eyes
 212  An attractive Homestead
on the Banks Peninsula
213  View over “Akaroa Harbour”
on the Banks Peninsula,
Southeast of Christchurch
214  Akaroa on the Banks Peninsula
is situated picturesquely at the lovely
coast. It was the site of the first
French settlement in New Zealand
and its French charm is omnipresent
 215  A fine layer of the first early
snowfall on the South Island is
covering the landscape on our
northbound journey to Kaikoura
216  The sleepy hamlet
Rapaki Bay is popping up on
the winding coastal road along the
Lyttelton Harbour to Christchurch
217  A fantastic white snow panorama of
the Seaward Kaikoura Range is surprising
us in the morning on our lonely camping
spot on the Puhi-Puhi gravel road, about
6 miles North of Kaikoura …..
 218  ..... our LandCruiser
poses for his first and
only winter picture
in New Zealand …..
219  ….. back on Highway No 1,
we enjoy the white mountain
scenery and the splashing
of the agitated sea simultaneously
220  The strong wind and the
breaking of the high waves produce
an overwhelming spectacle as we
follow Highway No 1 northwards from
Kaikoura to the ferry terminal in Picton
 221  Another of the amazing
sights along highway No. 1
to the ferry terminal in Picton
222  A passenger train is driving
through the remote and barren
region near Redwood Pass,
South of Blenheim
223  Blenheim in the North of the
South Island, is a huge and well
known wine producing area …..
 224  ….. the green, yellow and
red leafs of the vines give lovely
color splashes to the valley
225  On May 5th, 2008, we say
good-bye after 4’029 driven miles to
the beautiful and untamed South Island.
The ferry brings us on a rough sea in three
hours to Wellington on the North Island
226  “Bluebridge” is one of the
two ferry companies connecting
the South and the North Islands
 227  One of the residential areas of
Wellington – the Capital of New Zealand
– under a cloudy sky early morning,
located at the Wellington Harbour entrance
228  A picnic in a lush green rural
area along Route 59 between
Masterton and Dreyers Rock
229  Rural idyll greets us
around every corner
 230  Sheep are rounded up in an
enclosure. What is their destiny? – to
get shorn or to end up at the butchery
231  The Toe-toe grass is quite
common in New Zealand. When the
sun catches them, they look fantastic
Landscapes in contrast
232  The beautiful and wide beach
of Porangahau on the East Coast …..
 233  ….. marsh land with
reflecting bushes .....
234  ….. lush green farmland
235  A Maori “archway” stands
lonely on a grassland along a lightly
trafficked mountain road that leads
from Hastings to Taihape
 236  The LandCruiser with “The
Longest Driven Journey” meets the
„Longest Place Name“ bearing
85 letters near Porangahau (both
are Guinness Book Entries):
237  From Ohakune to Wanganui
the scenic tourist road meanders
along the narrow Whanganui river
valley – here at its Southern end
The variety of trees and flowers in the beautifully maintained Bason Botanical Reserve – 7 miles outside of Wanganui – is a feast for the eyes
241  A wild part of the coast along
the “Surf Highway“ No. 45 on the
Western coast from Hawera to
New Plymouth
 242  Volcano Taranaki, also called
Mount Egmont, reveals its majestic
beauty. The picture is taken at
Cape Egmont towards the East
243  Mount Egmont (Mt. Taranaki)
pictured from its Northwestern side
The play of light at Cape Egmont illuminates beautifully the clouds and Mt. Taranaki
247  Our peaceful camping
spot at Cape Egmont
 248  Around Mt. Taranaki (Mt.
Egmont) many round grass “mounds“
are scattered in the plain. Apparently,
they were caused by the many
eruptions of the volcano – a kind of
“bubbles“ caused by the cooling lava
249  A herd of cows grazes
peacefully on lush green pasture
near Cape Egmont
250  A hedge of white gleaming
Toe-toe grass contrasts with
the green of the paddock
 251  The slim white lighthouse
at Cape Egmont rises
towards the evening sky
252  The “Red Hot Poker” (Torch
Lily) flower with its strong yellow/
reddish color is quite abundant in
New Zealand, but originates
from South Africa
On Lake Mangamahoe, a few miles South of New Plymouth, we admire once more the majestic beauty of Mt. Taranaki/(Mt. Egmont).
Maori legend has it that Mount Taranaki and Mount Tongariro were once side by side and fought for the love of the maiden Pihanga,
another nearby peak. Taranaki being the loser, he fled towards the sea
Lake Mangamahoe near New Plymouth is – besides the wonderful sight of Mount Taranaki (Egmont) –
also a beautiful park with lovely trees and bushes, blooming flowers and geese and ducks wandering and swimming around
259  An idyllic rural scene on the
”Forgotten Highway No. 43” – the
path of the first settlers – that leads
90 miles through sometimes narrow
valleys from Stratford to Taumarunui.
It is a journey into the past
 260  A lovely mural with scenes
of the life of the first settlers
stands right outside of Stratford
261  On the “Forgotten Highway
No. 43”, there are plenty of
lonely and remote places,
inhabited just by sheep
What a sight from the Tahora Saddle on the “Forgotten Highway“:
We experience a fantastic spectacle of colors, as the sun rises. It is an unforgettable moment
Three other snapshots from the Tahora Saddle on the “Forgotten Highway No. 43“
268  A sign in Whangamomona – a
hamlet on the “Forgotten Highway” –
announces that we are entering an
independent republic. After disagreements
with local councils, the residents proclaimed
independence in 1989. In the Pub,
even a passport should be acquired –
quite a clever commercial gimmick!
On the “Forgotten Highway”, we drive through the luxurious
subtropical rainforest of the Tangarakau Gorge, where it is
steaming everywhere and where the plant growth is very copious
271  At Nevin’s lookout, the last
one on the “Forgotten Highway”,
the snow covered volcano Mount
Ruapehu is greeting on the horizon
 272  This lush green farmland combined
with the colors of the Indian summer and
the grazing sheep is our last picture from
the unforgettable “Forgotten Highway”
273  The „Marae“– the carved
meetinghouse – is sacred to the
Maori. This one is from Taumarunui
More websites from New Zealand:
Articles in newspapers about us in New Zealand:
Article: "Still cruising after 628,000km", Otago Daily Times - February 27, 2008
Article: "Trip into the record books", Hokitika Guardian - April 3, 2008
Article: "Around the world in 23 years", Bay of Plenty Times - July 12, 2008