Central Plateau, North Island

Central Plateau, North Island
View from a friend's farm

Friday, 31 May 2013

Scenes from the North and South Island


Some photos from the family album, after their trip to the South Island in 2011.

This is how it began, rough  water in the Cook Straight.

Cook Straight Ferry Crossing

Lake Wanaka, a beautiful area. This appears to be propped up, in fact you can rotate it , by a hand worked crank

Wanaka Leaning Tower 

Punakaiki Pancake  Rocks and Blowholes , on the West Coast, Spectacular on a high tide when there is a westerly swell coming in.

Punakaiki Rocks

The Kea ,  in the South Island, is  well known to be social, inquisitive, and will try to take your belongings if they are left out.

Kea, South Island 

I am not sure which lake this is, but popular for Ice Skating when totally solid ice.

Frozen Lake

Finally  two  of my own photos,  the first taken in July 2004, Mt Ngauruhoe, an active  stratovolcano or composite cone.It is  2291 metres high ( 7156 feet), and has had activity  45 times in the 20th Century. It is around 2,500 years old, the youngest  of the three volcanoes in the Tongariro National Park.

Mt Ngauruhoe, July 2004

This is the view from Waihohonu Hut, we did a one day tramp there in January, 2012

Window's view from Waihohonu Hut

Quotation of the day from John Muir

“ Climb the mountains and get their good tidings”

Greetings from Jean


TexWisGirl said...

that leaning clock tower is too funny!

Georgia said...

Nice to see your blog back to it's balanced, readable self. Hope you can at least say that you learned something from the experience!

Nancy J said...

Thanks Theresa and Georgia, that tower is so popular with tourists and us NZ'ers also. Georgia, I'm so glad I managed to get this almost to where I want it to be. I surely did learn so much. Cheers, Jean.

Carol Mattingly said...

Gorgeous photos. Fantastic world down under.

Nancy J said...

Thanks Carol, we do have great scenery here, both North and South, but when I look at your country, see more stunning scenes. Maybe more Wanaka pics later this year after the skiing trip. Cheers, Jean.

Janet said...

You live in a beautiful place!

Susan Heather said...

Lovely photos - it is the first time I have seen the Leaning Tower of Wanaka.

Lindsjö taxar said...

Hi! Hope you are doing ok, great Pictures. Funny tower

Nancy J said...

Yes, down here in NZ, we do have stunning scenery, and the leaning tower at Wanaka is only part of the puzzle world there.Ta, Lindsjo, I'm OK, we have been busy, and the garden still grows weeds!!! Greetings to all, Jean.

Barb said...

Jean, I remember Pancake Rocks from when Bob and I were in NZ. We stayed at the motel right across the street and could see it from our windows - luckily, because it poured for several days! PS I got seasick crossing from the N Island to the S Island!

camp and cottage living said...

Your country is so beautiful!
How blessed you are to have traveled to the Island.

Eggs In My Pocket said...

Your surroundings are so beautiful! Love the photos!

Jim said...

Simply beautiful, Jean! You live is such a wonderful place with such diverse animal life and landscapes.
The Kea looks to be a real character!

KB Bear said...

NZ looks absolutely stunning!