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fractures

the cracking or breaking of a hard object
or material

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Initially my thoughts turned to

Africa for this challenge.

However, a little more thought and

New  Zealand it is.

New Zealand is sometimes referred to

as Australia’s seventh state;

and I must confess it is a

home away from home in my opinion.

Now for some random images from our

2018 road trip around a small part

of New Zealand’s North Island.

Near Matamata we spent a couple

of nights at Buckland’s Airbnb.

This window view, from our room,

was enough to keep me happy.

 

If the view appears too rural for your liking,

there is always accommodation in Matamata itself.

We were there to visit the Hobbit Movie set

which is less than 5 kilometres from

Buckland’s  airbnb.

The third of Waitomo’s Cave was Ruakuri Cave.

The only cave where photography

was freely allowed.

To reach the cave floor we had

to negotiate the spiral down.

And there was no magic way of getting

out of the cave without negotiating

the same spiral to ground level.

While in the Ruakuri Cave…

…there are plenty of sights…

…to view or photograph.

Several nights were spent in Taupo,

located on the north-eastern shore

of Lake Taupo.

About 15 minutes out of Taupo is Huka Falls.

Not big in either width or height,

however, big in water throughput.

 

Taupo also provided an extensive range…

…of flora to photograph during our visit.

About 90 kilometres to the south of Taupo is

Tongariro National Park

where I was able to capture this image of

Mt Ruapehu

At Rotorua we spent a night or two at

Hamurana Lodge

a Boutique Hotel out of Rotorua.

Using Hamurana Lodge as our base

we were able to visit

Whakarewarewa – Living Maori Village…

…and enjoy lunch cooked in a thermal spring

the traditional Maori way.

We arrived back in Auckland a few days prior

to No 1 Son’s wedding.

Number 2 Son and his wife had been sort

of shadowing us during our road trip.

As Daughter-in-Law celebrated her

birthday the day before we arrived

in Auckland we all met up for

a family celebration.

Dinner in Auckland’s Sky Tower.

New Zealand is a peaceful friendly country

with a wide variety of attractions.

AND it is roughly a two and a half hour

flight from Melbourne.

Compare that with a 14 hour journey

from Sydney to Johannesburg.

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Some farewell entertainment at

Sausage Tree Safari Camp…

…near the end of our first

African Safari, 2013.

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Dubai fire dancer.

 

 

Whakarewarewa Maori Village dancers,

Rotorua,

New Zealand.

 

Belly Dancer,

Dubai.

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While not necessarily applauding…

…the girls in this African Dance Troupe

are clapping their hands.

 

Both the African and the

New Zealand entertainers had us…

…on our feet dancing along.

All entertainers were warmly applauded

at the conclusion of their performances.

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We had probably the busiest year we will ever have in 2018.Late February we spent a weekend in Auckland

to celebrate the engagement of

our eldest son to his bride to be.

 

In June we were blessed with falling snow while

visiting the Columbia Icefield and Athabasca Glacier.

Most of us had not seen falling snow ever,

so a real delight.

A week or so later while cruising the Inside Passage

during  our stop at Juneau we flew

onto the Mendenhall Glacier to visit the huskies

and have a rife in a sled.

Another highlight.

 

 

  

We hardly seemed to be home

before preparations needed…

to be made for our road trip in New Zealand

prior to our son’s wedding.

A Māori Hāngī at the

Whakarewarewa Māori Village in Rotorua…

 

…and a visit to the Hobbit Movie Set at Matamata,

 

…were preludes to the big day.

 

 

The next morning back at

Auckland International Airport

for our flight home.

 

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In late June 2018…

we visited Wiseman, Alaska.

Wiseman is 63 miles, or 101 kilometres north of the Arctic Circle.

Only eleven people live at Wiseman and

while it looked gorgeous in summer,

stories about Wiseman winters

made us want to head south.

Although I have to confess the scenery was spectacular..

A few weeks ago we visited

Whakarewarewa Maori Village

in Rotorua New Zealand. 

I’m not sure that I would like to live with geysers

and geothermal pools in my back yard. 

However, at least one could stay warm all year. 

 

 

A Victorian winter’s day, where all you have

to think of is whether to take a coat…or not.

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During our flying visit to New Zealand for

our son’s engagement party in February…

we only visited Auckland.

 

Prior to his October wedding in Auckland we decided

to make the visit worthwhile and more relaxing.

One of our planned destinations was Rotorua

where we heard about and visited

the Whakarewarewa Maori Village.

 

 

While it is a living Maori Village

its geothermal properties are also quite active.

The yellowish bag just right of centre is

a bag of corn cobs cooking in a geothermal pool.

 

The Hobbit Movie Set near Matamata was also

on our destination list and well worth the visit.

 Not far from Matamata and not on our list

of ‘must visits’ was the Hamilton Gardens.

If you have any interest in gardening at all it is well worth a visit.

In October 2014 as part of the 2014 Garden Tourism Awards,

Hamilton Gardens was awarded the prestigious title of

International Garden of the Year.

We only had time to visit the enclosed gardens.

Auckland and a wedding was calling.

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People at work in Rotorua’s, 

Whakarewarewa Maori Village.
First up lessons in pronunciation…

 Then our guide showed around the village.

She was particularly proud that this was a living village.

As there was a meeting in progress we were unable to enter this meeting-house.

This cultural troupe then entertained visitors…

and appeared to thoroughly enjoyed their work…

as much as we enjoyed their performance.

 

Expression ranged from war like, to happy…

to that of intense concentration.

As we were leaving after lunch (included in the price),

via the gift shop, our guide was behind her uncle’s desk

and gave us a private demonstration of how

to make clothing from the widely grown New Zealand flax.

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a boat on the shores of Lake Taupo.

Auckland shows why it is called

the City of Sails.

I’m not sure if this is a person playing with their phone camera,

or me using my toy to its best advantage to capture an image of…

the Cultural performance at Rotorua’s

Whakarewarewa Maori Village.

Finally, playing with the dog at Takapuna Beach.

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