James and Claire's Visit :)
Pictures from our North Island road trip with James and Claire
First some of James' pictures of Wellington:
View towards the harbour front, reverse bungee on Taranaki Street and
Te Papa museum
Taranaki Street - Rob works just behind the block of flats towards the right of the image next to the Shell garage. The tower is the war memorial, and the museum behind it
Groovy building on Lambton Quay
The Beehive - houses of parliament
A trolley bus on Lambton Quay
View of the city from the harbour front
Over the Rimutakas
A couple of panoramas from one of James' day trips
Another rather nice panorama taken by James. This is from the lookout on the way to Wainuimata, looking over Petone and Lower Hutt. Wellington city is to the far left at the far side of the harbour. Maungaraki (where we live until next week) is on the hills at the other side of the valley to the right of the image.
Me doing my catalogue pose!! The island in the background is Kapiti Island
Southward Car Museum
A few of the exhibits we liked!
More info here
First Stop - Napier
On the road!
The beach - and a bridge
Some wild animals
As far as we could tell, this was the whole of Tutira!
Second Stop - Taupo
Making friends with the locals
It was clear enough to see Mount Ruapehu from the lookout
More local wildlife
Sailing boat trip on Lake Taupo on the Barbary to see the Maori rock
Craters of the Moon - thermal area
It's tourist Bob!
I know we put pictures of the falls on here at Christmas but it's rather impressive so here's some more!
Third stop - Rotorua
The tourist information centre in Rotorua
There were lots of logging trucks going by the hotel
The restaurant at the top of the mountain's great!
We visited the Mitai Maori village
And ate a hangi - mmmm
The Hidden Valley - thermal area
The lake is as hot as a hot bath! The birds are Pukekos
Last stop - Auckland
The Sky Tower
For $175 you can jump off the tower from a height of 192m - This is someone jumping, and the landing platform from below!
Love the glass floors!
We went exploring North of Auckland city and found ourselves on a beach at
Kelly Tarlton's Antarctic Experience
Auckland Harbour Boat Trip
boat, the posh ferry and a water taxi
Lots more views of that tower
The last picture is Auckland's newest volcano - only about 800 years old
The bridge, and a bungee nutter
Posh flats, and lots of boats!
The Drive Home
After dropping Claire and James off we headed back - 700km took 11 hours
We called at a butterfly house!
This is Mount Ruapehu and part of the Desert Road
Some of the better roadworks we encountered!
The open road!
A mountaintop lookout somewhere!