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.

Lady Norwood Begonia House, Botanic Gardens, Wellington NZ

A magnificent old Victorian glass house creates the perfect environment for these stunning examples of begonias and delicate plants. Then while having lunch the table next to us is invaded by disgusting sparrows, cleaning up the crumbs left by the previous diners.

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

Dodgem Cars on board Ovation of the Seas, Royal Caribbean, Cruise Sydney to New Zealand

who had the most fun at the dodgem car rink, the guys trying to ram each other and chase each other around the ring or the girls watching them from the sidelines.