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
we were priviledged to view the mother swan sitting on her nest.
A magnificent creature, the dolphins were swimming in front of our cruise boat
Arriving in Waitemata Harbour, Auckland at dawn, the beautiful colours lit up the skyscrapers of the city overlooking the water
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.
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.