New Zealand - Photo Galleries
Taupo, Napier, Gisborne, Rangitukia, Te Kaha
Auckland airport, domestic terminal
Machines on the photo issue boarding passes if a ticket was bought online. Convenient for those who travel with no luggage on domestic airlines.
A small aircraft, 19 seats. The flight to Taupo took 45 minutes.
McDonalds with the wings
On arrival to Taupo our plane expanded and turned into Mcdonalds. :)
Inside winged McDonalds
How people go shopping in Taupo
Lake Taupo is the biggest lake in Austalasia and New Zealand in particular. So at some stage you have to cross the lake when you go shopping. :)
Diver in the background collects golf balls from the bottom of the lake. There is a floating golf platform nearby, people trying to strike a ball from the shore.
Wild savages can be still encountered on the shores of Lake Taupo :)
Guys are having fun. The one under the trolley begged for bigger stones for his own safety because small ones can get through the mesh. :)
Sunset at Lake Taupo
Don't remember the name of this place now. Somewhere not far from Taupo on the way to Napier.
Our neat green KiwiEx East As bus
Napier Prison Backpackers
Ex prison turned into hostel. Unfortunately we didn't stay here but those who wanted to stay in Napier could.
Hawkes Bay area is famous for vineyards, art and good weather.
Pania of the Reef
Beautiful maiden from a Maori legend
We stopped here for an hour. Those who wanted could stay for a few days and hop on the next bus.
We passed Gisborne and landed in Surf Chalet Lodge facing a beautiful beach.
Chalet Surf Lodge
A very nice groovy funky place, surfers lair. :) Very close to the beach.
Chalet Surf Lodge facing the ocean
Whale Rider was filmed here.
Tolaga Bay. New Zealand's longest wharf
600 meters long. East Coast historical landmark. The construction was finished in 1929. Today the wharf is under reconstruction.
Eastenders Farm Stay
Our next stop is a farm stay in Rangitukia. Bone carving and horse riding were waiting for us.
Maori bone carving
Our bone carving tutor Kizz.
Bone carvers or polishers to be precise :)
Bone carving nearly finished
All the hard work is behind.
Our farm stay far below
I took a walk to the beach through surrounding hills.
Alex on the top of the hill
View from the hills
Farmland by the ocean
Sheep resting under branchy tree
A river nearby carries trunks to the ocean and the waves throw the wood back to the shore.
If you have an understanding of Te Whariki me Te Korowai and enjoy working with mokopuna then this job might be for you.
750 steps to the lighthouse
East Cape. Most easterly lighthouse in the world
First place in the world to see the sun.
East Cape, East Island
Alex next to the lighthouse, East Island in the background
Our bus driver and guide Marama
Checking the road. On the way from East Cape lighthouse.
Raukokore Historic Church
There was a note inside the church apologising for smell due to the penguins nesting under the church. Church stands by the ocean. Frankly, I didn't notice any strange smell, may be penguins were on vacation. :)
Te Kaha Homestead Lodge
Our last overnight stop on the East As tour with cheerful O'Brian family.
French Alex (left) and Russian Alex (right)
Staged by Marama. :)
Nice dinner in Te Kaha
One of the joys of life of a starving traveller. :)
Next morning in Te Kaha
Sunshine, ocean, exercise. Life is a holiday resort. :)
Waiotahi Beach, Carved Gateway, Kiwi Experience Bus
Kiwi Experience East As tour map
10.01.2006, East Coast, New Zealand