THE FORTIFICATIONS
ON WHITIANGA ROCK

The Māori built huge trenches along the only way up the hill, and you can see the boring holes where beams were placed in the rock. They left shells in huge piles, or middens, now partially covered by earth.

FROM FOREST TO BEACH
ON THE COROMANDEL

We drove through beach towns and then entered the heart of the Coromandel: the Forest Park. We took a small hike through a Kauri tree grove.

WALK ALONG
THE WHITE LAKE

Sulpher Lake is a large lake made of a thick, white color with choppy waves and little islands on which seabirds nested.

WE WOKE UP
IN A VINEYARD

As the sun rose over the low green Marlborough hills, we marveled for a moment about how beautiful this place was.

SUNNY DAY IN
THE TASMAN INLETS

We slowly paddled through Shag Harbour, a quiet maze of rocks and small islands that empties at low tide. It was perfect.

WEKA ACROSS
THE TIDE FLATS

The tide flats were in our way - along with a small group of wekas, a few dozen crabs and millions of shells.

HIKING ALONG
THE COAST TRACK

The Abel Tasman Coast Track was beautiful -- though every time we had to scale a head's steep switchbacks, we groaned.

DISCOVERING
THE EDWIN FOX

For twenty years, Edwin Fox sat in Shakespeare Bay, partially submerged as the tide came in and out. The ship mystified me.

FERRY RIDE THROUGH
THE COOK STRAIT

The sun was setting at the opposite angle as we approached Picton, the small town where we would rest for the night.

A DRIVE ON
THE RIVER ROAD

We spent a few hours winding along the sunny road, stopping at overlooks and historic sites.

STEAM RISING OVER
THE EMERALD LAKES

Across the wide plain near Blue Lake, looking back, we realized that the entire area was one massive lava flow: a stream of volcanic black rock.

ASCENDING THE SLOPE
OF MOUNT DOOM

After a stroll by a mountain stream through alpine meadows, we took a steep ascent to the central crater: a vast plain between the two mountains. It was stark and beautiful.

A PRISTINE MORNING
IN THE SHIRE

Our morning in Hobbiton was magical. We were the first ones in, so got to experience the environment without hordes of people.

GREEN ENVIRONS
OF AUCKLAND

As the sun rose, we stopped through One Tree Hill, a park with a herd of sheep grazing alongside early morning runners and an old Māori pa.

GARDENS IN THE
CITY OF BOATS

Our adventure in New Zealand was starting! A day in Auckland ended at the Wintergarden, a palatial-on-a-small-scale conservatory with some beautiful flowers.