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Papamoa:

The suburb begins about 7 km east of Tauranga's city centre and stretches for about 16 km along the coast of the Bay of Plenty to the mouth of the Kaituana River in the Pacific Ocean.

Paihia is a town on New Zealand’s North Island. It’s known as a gateway to the dive sites and sandy beaches of the Bay of Islands. At the Waitangi Treaty Grounds, a carved meeting house, a museum and a giant Maori canoe mark the site of the founding of modern New Zealand. A trail leads to the horseshoe-shaped Haruru Falls. Southwest of town, there are panoramic views from the Opua Forest Paihia Lookout Track. 13372

Lake Matheson, near the Fox Glacier in South Westland, New Zealand, is famous for its reflected views of Aoraki/Mount Cook and Mount Tasman. A traditional mahinga kai (food gathering place) for Māori people, the lake contains long finned eel as well as being home to many water birds.

 

Lake Matheson was formed by glaciation ca. 14,000 years ago. It is situated on the valley floor about 12 km from the current Fox Glacier and Aoraki/Mount Cook, the highest peak in New Zealand, and Mount Tasman

 

The area around the lake is managed by the Department of Conservation (DOC) and is surrounded by native kahikatea (white pine) and rimu (red pine) trees, as well as flax and a variety of New Zealand fern species.

 

source: Wikipedia

Lake Matheson, near the Fox Glacier in South Westland, New Zealand, is famous for its reflected views of Aoraki/Mount Cook and Mount Tasman. A traditional mahinga kai (food gathering place) for Māori people, the lake contains long finned eel as well as being home to many water birds.

 

Lake Matheson was formed by glaciation ca. 14,000 years ago. It is situated on the valley floor about 12 km from the current Fox Glacier and Aoraki/Mount Cook, the highest peak in New Zealand, and Mount Tasman

 

The area around the lake is managed by the Department of Conservation (DOC) and is surrounded by native kahikatea (white pine) and rimu (red pine) trees, as well as flax and a variety of New Zealand fern species.

 

source: Wikipedia

Karikari Peninsula

 

Lined with stunning beaches and glistening bays, the Karikari Peninsula is a long narrow piece of land located west of Doubtless Bay in the Northland Region of New Zealand. Here you can swim, dive, fish, walk or simply relax on a beautiful white-sand beach, surrounded by the glistening waters of the Pacific Ocean.

Attractions on the Karikari Peninsula include Maitai Bay, Tokerau Beach, historical Puwheke Beach, Karikari Beach, Waikato Bay, and Puwheke Scenic Reserve. Discover ancient kauri gum-digging remnants at Lake Ohia, sheltered swimming bays, great fishing and idyllic views at Maitai Bay, and a championship golf course and award winning vineyard at Carrington Resort and Karikari Estate.

Scenic south West coastline. The fiords of New Zealand are all located in the southwest of the South Island, in a mountainous area known as Fiordland. The spelling 'fiord' is used in New Zealand rather than 'fjord', although all the maritime fiords use the word Sound in their name instead. The Marlborough Sounds, a series of deep indentations in the coastline at the northern tip of the South Island, are in fact drowned river valleys, or rias. The deeply indented coastlines of Northland and Auckland also host many rias, such as the Hokianga and Waitematā Harbours. New Zealand has fifteen named maritime fiords, listed here from northernmost to southernmost. 13770

Early morning along Lake Manapouri.

 

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Tongariro National Park is the oldest national park in New Zealand, located in the central North Island. It has been acknowledged by UNESCO as a World Heritage Site of mixed cultural and natural values.

 

Tongariro National Park was the sixth national park established in the world. The active volcanic mountains Ruapehu, Ngauruhoe, and Tongariro are located in the centre of the park.

 

There are a number of Māori religious sites within the park, and many of the park's summits, including Ngauruhoe and Ruapehu, are tapu, or sacred.

  

Night photography near lake in the South Island

Scenic south West coastline. The fiords of New Zealand are all located in the southwest of the South Island, in a mountainous area known as Fiordland. The spelling 'fiord' is used in New Zealand rather than 'fjord', although all the maritime fiords use the word Sound in their name instead. The Marlborough Sounds, a series of deep indentations in the coastline at the northern tip of the South Island, are in fact drowned river valleys, or rias. The deeply indented coastlines of Northland and Auckland also host many rias, such as the Hokianga and Waitematā Harbours. New Zealand has fifteen named maritime fiords, listed here from northernmost to southernmost. 13675

Paihia is a town on New Zealand’s North Island. It’s known as a gateway to the dive sites and sandy beaches of the Bay of Islands. At the Waitangi Treaty Grounds, a carved meeting house, a museum and a giant Maori canoe mark the site of the founding of modern New Zealand. A trail leads to the horseshoe-shaped Haruru Falls. Southwest of town, there are panoramic views from the Opua Forest Paihia Lookout Track. 13367

This one is quite rufous on the chest / underneath rather than the usual lighter colour. They have recently started returning from where ever they spend the summer.

Fishing boats in the port of Tauranga, New Zealand

Sunrise and early morning in Mt Maunganui, Tauranga, New Zealand

The storm brought drama and atmosphere to an already awesome scene. Milford Sound on the West Coast of New Zealand's South Island is an amazing place, and we were lucky with this weather!

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LOCATION: Our residence at Nawton, Hamilton, New Zealand.

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