The “Beehive” – New Zealand House of Parliament. Saturday photo of the day – Urban

Affectionately known as the beehive, New Zealand House of Parliament, Wellington

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

Black Swan nesting, Lake Rotioto NZ – Friday photo of the day, birds

we were priviledged to view the mother swan sitting on her nest.

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.