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20 Feb-27Mar 2015. I have many stories to tell about New Zealand. We saw some extraordinary things, met some wonderful people, had some incredible experiences, did a lot of walking, quite a bit of talking, and explored the country almost from one end to the other. All these stories I’ll share in future posts. New Zealand is with doubt one of the most beautiful countries we have been to, so first I want to introduce you to the infinite gorgeousness of Aotearoa, the Land of The Long White Cloud. In the order that we saw it, this is my photo essay of the continually changing landscape of our five-week road trip.

Day 2 Banks Peninsula

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Day 4 Driving from Christchurch to Queenstown

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Day 5 Milford Sound

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Day 6 Lake Te Anau

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Day 7 Driving from Queenstown to Dunedin

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Day 9 Moaraki Boulders

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Day 11 Otago Peninsula

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Day 12 Driving from Dunedin to Wanaka

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Day 13 Mount Aspiring National Park

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Day 13 Wanaka

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Day 14 Franz Josef Glacier

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Day 15 Callery Gorge

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Day 16 Driving from Franz Josef to Greymouth, Mount Cook in the distance

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Day 17 Greymouth

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Day 18 Punakaiki – Pancake Rocks

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Day 19 Te Pukatea Bay, Abel Tasman National Park

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Day 20 On the Ferry to the north island

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Day 23 From the top of Mt Ruapehu

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Day 23 Sunset in Ohakune

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Day 25 Somewhere near Matamata

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Day 25 Lake Taupo

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Day 26 Waiotapu

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Day 26 Waiotapu

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Day 26 Waikato River

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Day 26 Orakei Korako

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Day 27 Te Puia, near Rotorua

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Day 27 Somewhere between Te Puia and Taupo

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Day 30 Coromandel Peninsula

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Day 31 Cathedral Cove, Coromandel Peninsula

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Day 32 Whangapoua Beach, Coromandel Peninsula

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Day 33 Mercury Bay, Whitianga

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Day 33 Hot Water Beach, Coromandel Peninsula

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Next post: We began our New Zealand journey in the quake-damaged city of Christchurch. It’s one thing to read about a tragedy, and see the pictures in the news, it’s another thing to have direct experience of the reality of it, even four years later. Cheers and tears for Christchurch.






All words and images by Alison Louise Armstrong unless otherwise noted
© Alison Louise Armstrong and Adventures in Wonderland – a pilgrimage of the heart, 2010-2015.