Saturday, October 3, 2009

Love Song Dance

We were welcomed into the Marae at Te Puia centre in Rotorua with a wonderful custom then entertained by a love story, song and dance. 'Marae' is the name for house in Maori language, and with much cultural significance are shared by many families.

After visiting the marae, we went for a walk in the bush - we found someone there in the bush!

Sunday, May 3, 2009

Geyser Wonderland

Some pictures from last year. It's minerals that have been deposited by the Geyser that gives white colour. Will we see geyser?

Here it is, on time as scheduled!

Actually, they put some kinds of salts in the geyser to encourage the eruption on time (lot of people waiting to see)! It would erupt naturally, but for this geyser, it cannot be predicted when I believe.

Saturday, April 25, 2009

Wildlife Sanctuary

A very friendly duck pair, walked around us for a while

Another duck pair, more shy they didnt come as close to us

On the way back through the wildlife sanctuary, we didnt manage to photograph any birds in the wildlife sanctuary (they were too fast), but there were alot of bright coloured fungi.

Tuesday, April 21, 2009

Shelter on the beach

Work of a busy spider

Monday, April 13, 2009

Purest Water

Artesian Water Monument, bringing water from the underground supply, the water is clean due to the years spent in the underground acquifer, and there are no chemicals added.

Next to the monument, a water fountain where locals and visitors come to bottle the purest water I have ever tasted.....

Saturday, April 4, 2009

You never know with whom you might share this walking track between the sea and the hills

Whiteria Park, South of North Island

The cow moved off the track for us!

Whiteria Park track in Sandstone

Friday, March 20, 2009

Valley between the Hill tops

See the cricket ground in the valley

Saturday, March 14, 2009

Drive On the Beach?

Locals tow their boats from the beach hut to the sea..

Want to drive on the beach, park & admire the view?

Wednesday, March 11, 2009

Scary Spider

Scary spider from New Zealand..... it has the two front legs like big claws... found out it's a jumping spider, it can jump up to 40cm onto its prey uurrrgghhhh!

Friday, March 6, 2009

Hill tops

View accross the hilltops

Saturday, February 28, 2009

Colourful boathouses

Colourful boathouses

Wonder whom lives here?

Sunday, February 22, 2009

Rainbow of colours for Sunset

Last week, whilst walking we saw this beautiful rainbow of colours at sunset.

A boathouse we passed by...