A-Photo-a-Week-Challenge-Bridges

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Bridges from New Zealand… 

Hobbiton Movie Set…

Auckland Harbour Bridge.

An old bridge between Rotorua and Whakatane.

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A Photo a Week Challenge: Bridges

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A-Photo-a-Week-Challenge-Whimsical

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Because all of our travels over recent years have been so ‘organised’

we decided that the pre-wedding road trip was to be a relaxing venture. 

No more than two or three hours driving each day. 

We booked accommodation in six different towns/cities

and from there it was whichever way the wind blew! 

Auckland, Waitomo, Taupo, Rotorua, Whakatane, Matamata and back to Auckland. Consequently locals were only too happy to direct us to some

of the rarer sites of New Zealand. 

Mentioning that we were going to Whakatane

drew several comments urging us on to Ohope Beach,

near the most southern part of the Bay of Plenty.

 

And this is what we found. 

A beautiful stretch of coastline which, I am sure,

would be jam-packed with beachgoers

and tourists in the warmer months.

In early October the dog was enjoying an unimpeded walk.

No-one appeared to be concerned about White Island,

an active volcano, on the horizon.


This last shot is looking towards Opotiki. 

we also decided to visit seeing as we were nearby.

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A Photo a Week Challenge: Whimsical

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WeeklyPrompts-Photo-Challenge-From-the-Car

 

A late entry for From the Car however,

with MGW riding shotgun for two weeks

we were able to capture a few images which

otherwise may havev slipped by.

Somewhere between Rotorua and Whakatane

Pampas Grass is a weed in Australia although many gardens contains it. 

However, weed or not, the pampas flowers on this hillside did look pretty.

 

My final image is this shot of the country-side

as we were leaving Hobbiton.

I think it was the stonewall fences

which caught MGW’s eye.

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Weekly Prompt Photo Challenge: From-the-Car