"New Zealand "

Sunday 12 February - Monday 6 March

We did go to New Zealand to attend the 9th biannual Blue Star Line reunion weekend in Christchurch. Like with earlier reunions, we use the opportunity to make it into a holiday.

The mountains in Mount Aspiring National Park seen from Lake Wakatipu

In a country where you are overwhelmed by its beauty, it is difficult to make a choice, out of the some 1000 photos, what shows best as our lasting impression.

We started with a few days in Wanaka, then 10 days in Kingston followed by Milford Sound and Mount Cook before ending up in Christchurch

There are some 60 million sheep in NZ

Mining cottages in Arrowtown

On the road from Wanaka to Queenstown

Wanaka "Puzzling world"

Even Carla was not able to work this one

Wanaka

The view from our place in Wanaka (zoomed in)

Coming back from Lake Hawea

Lake Wanaka

Queenstown on Lake Wakatipu - Backpackers paradise for all kind of adrenalin activities

Shark rides + bungy jumping - paragliding - jetboats

- white-water rafting etc etc we prefer to walk

The Kingston Express built to connect with

Invercargil, it was sold while we were there

The "Routeburn Track" was a must

We made it a day walk only

There is something for everyone including

canyoning down Bridal Veil waterfall

far less exciting was the little part of the

180k "Round the Mountain Cycle Trail"

We also had one or two days

that started overcast

The Remarkables from Frankton

and the view from the Remarkables

New Zealand Eagle in Glenorchy and

two tui's at Bobs Cove by Dan Kelly

We crossed the river Jordan to get to Paradise

Lunch after our walk

to Lake Sylvan (above)

Morning at Piopiotahi (Milford Sound). On average, it rains 186 out of 365 days/year

Some of the wildlife on the day: seals and keas

(New Zealand parrot) in a parking lot on the way

No photo can do justice to the reality of Piopiotahi

It was good there had been rain before we arrived. The falls were running

The pass into and from Milford Sound is through the 1.2k Homer Tunnel, 950m above sea-level

We have lunch along Lake Dunstan on the way to Aoraki (Mount Cook)

Sir Edmund Hillary at the Sir Edmund Hillary

Centre watches Aoraki

The Mueller glacier, while we were there

we heard an avalanche, nature at work.

The Tasman glacier coming down from Aoraki

Rakaia Gorge on

our way to Christchurch

Akaroa from Hilltop

Silo accommodation in Little River

Akaroa was settled by the French in 1838

Christchurch

Artwork outside the ruins of the Old Cathedral

The Cardboard Cathedral

The Impromptu Memorial with 183 empty chairs

The Government's memorial along the Avon

Rebuilt Regent Street, while

everywhere else rebuilding is ongoing

Hanna Kidd's art work in the

Re-Start Shopping Mall

We were in New Zeland for the biannual Blue Star Line reunion in Christchurch.

At the Saturday evening dinner we were entertained by the local choir "The Sweet Adelines".

The organisers of this great weekend, Alan Cook and Anette & Kirsty McAdam

What a wonderful way to close off three fantastic weeks