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In and Around Auckland (Part 1 of the trip)
I flew to New Zealand for work and took some time off afterwards to see this amazing place. I also managed to talk a friend of mine into joining me for the vacation part of the trip. For the first 12 days I had to take care of things for work. I had a little spare time during this period to enjoy some of the sights of Auckland. You can read all about the first part of my trip here.

New Zealand or Aotearoa, the Land of the Long White Cloud, is a country of two large islands and many much smaller islands in the south-western Pacific Ocean. Among South Pacific nations, New Zealand has the largest and most industrialized economy and is second only to Papua New Guinea in population. The two major islands of New Zealand are known simply as North Island and South Island. The Maori name for the South Island is Te Wai Pounamu which means "The Greenstone Water" (greenstone is known as jade in many other parts of the world).

South Island has an area of 58,093 square miles), making it the world's 12th-largest island. Along its west coast runs the mountain chain of the Southern Alps. The Southern Alps is a mountain range which runs along the western side of the South Island of New Zealand. It forms a natural dividing range along the entire length of the South Island. The term "Southern Alps" generally refers to the entire range, although separate names are given to many of the smaller ranges that form part of it.

Aoraki/Mount Cook is the highest point, 3,754 m (12,283 ft) above sea level. It was named in 1872 after a visit by the then Prime Minister of New Zealand, Sir William Fox KCMG, who served as Premier of New Zealand on four occasions in the 19th century, while New Zealand was still a colony. He was known for his eventual support of Maori land rights, his contributions to the education system (such as establishing the University of New Zealand), and his work to increase New Zealand's autonomy from Britain.

My friend and I got back from New Zealand on the 21st of October and we had a blast there. These pages are a digital scrapbook or sorts written to share the experience with our friends and family. Enjoy yourselves!

Sunday Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday
New Zealand 05 Homepage
Arrive in NZ
Auckland to Queenstown
Milford Sound
Queenstown to Fox Glacier
Fox Glacier to Punakaiki
Punakaiki to Nelson
Marlborough Wineries
Blenheim to Taupo
Taupo to Rotorua to Hamilton
To Auckland and home.

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