Sunrise over Auckland Harbour. Monday Photo of the Day – Landscape

Sailing into Auckland Harbour on our Royal Carribean New Zealand cruise on the Ovation of the Seas, the rising sun painted a perfect picture of coloured sky over the city

Sunrise over Bay of Islands, then a Dolphin watch cruise

Sunrise over Bay of Islands as we sailed into the Bay, followed by a dolphin watch cruise

Hot springs and geysers, Whakarewarewa Thermal Village, Rotorua

traditional Maori experience of the Whakarewarewa Thermal Village at Rotarua, on New Zealands north island, allowed us to get up close to the hot springs, and mud pools and to view the Pōhutu geyser from a short distance

Swimming pools, spas and solarium

Spoilt for choice with an outdoor swimming and spas, an indoor pool, again with spas and a glassed in solarium with numerous spas, and drinks and coffee available there was no reason to be stressed

Whakarewarewa Maori Living Village Tauranga NZ, Traditional Dances

we were entertained with the dancing and with a short description of the stories and traditions behind each one, we grew to understand the culture and history of these proud New Zealand people.

Botanic Gardens Wellington

Taking a leisurely stroll along the winding paths that took us through the Botanic Gardens, a garden of national significance we found, native forests, conifers, plant collections and seasonal plant displays

First Drinks, Sydney to New Zealand, Sydney Harbour

watching the traffic, including a magnificent tall ship on Sydney Harbour, passing below the magnificent Coathanger, Sydney Harbour Bridge and the magnificent sails of the Opera House on Bennelong Point. Standing on the outside deck with our first drinks, waiting for our adventure to begin