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 as we sailed into the Bay, followed by a dolphin watch cruise
A magnificent creature, the dolphins were swimming in front of our cruise boat
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
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
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.
hidden in reeds a black swan sitting on her nest. This would have to be the highlight of the day.
I could only watch in astonishment, the skills it took to ride this man made simulator. The pressure wave sends 30,000 gallons of water up a gentle 40 foot long slope.
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
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