Australia - New Zealand (3)
|The ship docked in an industrial port in Wellington and then provided a shuttle bus to downtown. It was just a couple of blocks to Te Papa Tongarewa (the Museum of New Zealand.)|
|At Te Papa, we met some relatives - here are Martin & John Kaiser (3rd. cousins I think.)||After a tour of the museum, we had lunch with Alycen & Martin Kaiser and Sue & Alan Kaiser.|
|Following lunch, Alan & Sue gave us a short tour around Wellington then dropped us off just in time to catch the shuttle bus back to the ship.|
|In Tauranga, we joined with Indigenous Trails (a Maori company) for a tour around town and then off to Whakarewarewa.|
Whakarewarewa is a living Maori village and
geothermal area in Rotorua. We purchased our Maori carving from the carver
in the village.
The "cultural show" was a hoot - kids joined in just because it was fun.
|A flash video of the show is here.|
|On the way back to Tauranga, we stopped at Kiwi 360 - the tour of the farm was on a tram.||Kiwi fruits almost ready to harvest.|
Off the ship now - in Auckland - finally got a sot of Denise who, with John, stayed on for a couple days in Auckland.
|Here are a few photos from the rotating restaurant in the 'space Tower."||The vertical line in this photo is a guide wire for bungee jumpers. They shut down the jumpers at 6 p.m. - so no falling bodies at this time.|
|This is a shot through the glass floor panel.|
|. . . a final shot of the Sky Tower as we head off for the airport.|
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