The flowers of New Zealand were it seems, in every city, and along every road and always beautiful. Christchurch Botanical Gardens were the best, as good as Butchart Gardens if not better. Photo by Alice Elliott
Auckland Domain - Flower Garden
This Geyser looks pretty cool but....the ranger has to throw in some chemicals to set the geyser off at the "eruption" hour of 10AM.
The differing colors in this photo and the following photos are produced by the different chemicals in the soil.
Lush vegetation surrounded by volcanic hot springs
Cape Kidnappers was stunning in its beauty. Named by Captain Cook.
A Gannet Colony is down on the flat area.
Originall all the buildings were built with an Art-Decco motif. Much of that is still preserved.
The "Bee Hive" (circular building) is the Parliament building of New Zealand.
Native to New Zealand
This lizard is native to New Zealand
In the Cook Straight with the South Island in view in the distance. The Pacific Ocean to the left the Tasman Sea off to the right.
The Kaikoura Coast is known for Whales, Dolphins & Sea Birds
The farmer later told us he had 1,000 sheep. He was moving them to another pasture.
The city center of Christchurch is destroyed by an earthquake. The Botanical Gardens are still beautiful and largely intact. The display of flowers here was stunning. The following slides are flowers from Christchurch.
Christchurch Botanical Gardens
New Zealand South Island
The write up called this one of the "greatest road rides in the world". It was interesting as it wanders through an almost tropical forest then out again before coming to steep canyon walls leading to a tunnel which takes you down to Milford Sound.
Waterfalls drop from most cliffs in the sound. When it rains, more waterfalls appear.
The Kea's (parrot family) hang out at the end of the tunnel leading to Milford Sound. They fly onto car tops and eat the rubber around the windows and doors. They have red/orange colors under their wings, visible when flying.
Photo by Alice Elliott