New Zealand, March, 2010
 
Oracle HQ to Auckland
Auckland to Rotorua
Rotorua to Wellington to Christchurch to Timaru to Oamaru
Oamaru to Fox Glacier via the Rain Forest to Christchurch
Return to Wellington and Auckland
 
This part of my travels took me from the penguins and sea lions of Oamaru across country very much like the US Midwest wishes it still looked, to the archeologic and geologic treasure that is Takiroa climbing through country that might remind one of approaching Yellowstone National Park (Wyoming/Montana) from the east then descending past Thunder Creek Falls into a primative rain forest missing nothing except a T Rex stumbling out from behind a giant fern to the incredible beauty of the beach between Jackson Bay and Bruce Bay on the Haast Highway and then to Fox Gracier at Franz Josef.

I didn't make it up onto the glacier ... too late in the day ... nor did I make it to Fjordland National Park ... I had, after all, a class waiting to teach at University of Canterbury in Christchurch. But that's what a return trip is for.
 
 
The 18th - Oamaru to Franz Josef Glacier   The 19th - Franz Josef Glacier back to Christchurch
 
 
Totally gratuitous picture of sheep ... so don't ask ... and yes they taste good ;-)    
 
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Monuments to special thoughts in a special place   Nothing more need to said
 
From as far as you can see south ... to as far as you can see north ... sorry no pictures of me in the sea