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A few pics from my travels in the South Island of New Zealand and a quick stop in Auckland in the North…there are too many to describe them all or even to fit them here but these are a few of my personal favourites πŸ™‚

NZ Alps

NZ Alps

Inside the glacier at Franz Josef

Inside the glacier at Franz Josef

Outside a diner in middle of nowhere, NZ

Outside a diner in middle of nowhere, NZ

Bungee toilets :)

Bungee toilets πŸ™‚

Moeraki Boulders

Moeraki Boulders

Church of the Good Shepherd, Lake Tekapo

Church of the Good Shepherd, Lake Tekapo

Whale off coast of Auckland

Whale off coast of Auckland

Dolphins off coast of Auckland

Dolphins off coast of Auckland

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Christchurch New Zealand 14th February 2008.

I was destined to fall in love with New Zealand, I knew it before I got there. The fact that I would arrive on St. Valentine’s Day was just the icing on the cake as far as I was concerned. However it didn’t get off to quite the start I had hoped with my flight from Melbourne arriving late on Valentine’s night, in a downpour of epic proportions.

The downpour lasted for the whole two nights and one day that I spent in Christchurch first time round and I was delighted to get the hell out of there on the second day for my Magic Bus trip around the South Island. When I returned two weeks later however, I had fallen in love with New Zealand for sure and Christchurch welcomed me back with open arms and sunny blue skies πŸ™‚

Here are a few photos from the second time round in Christchurch-I’m pretty sure I took feck all the first time in the rain 😦

Christchurch Art Museum where I spent most of my first (rainy) day in Christchurch looking at beautiful paintings.

The tourist tram, really just for lazy tourists, Christchurch is significantly smaller than even Dublin!

The main square in the city is called Cathedral Square so named thanks to this stunning cathedral.

Life size chess! Well not actual life size, but lots bigger than normal.

The Wizard gives one of his lunch-time sermons. This guy comes out in his ittle car most days with his ladder and stands up there to give some sort of speech. This particular day it was how women’s love for shopping was the ruination of society and men are lazy slobs-he was a very funny guy. There might be a clip or two of him on Youtube (not my clips).

Magnolia flower in the Christchurch Botanic Gardens. I’ll spare you the rest of my flower pictures!

That was all from little Christchurch, but I’ll fill you in with my travels around the South Island next. There are many picture so it’ll be very hard for me to choose. Very, very hard.

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Moeraki

Earlier in the year I took a trip. A long, once in a lifetime (though hopefully not πŸ˜‰ ) trip around the world. I took probably thousands of photographs of the wonderful things I saw. At the time many of my favourite photographs were of stunning sunsets, tropical islands, beautiful coastal views.

But my favourites have begun to change.

This is now one of my favourites.

It is a photo of the Moeraki Boulders on the west coast of New Zealand’s South Island.

According to tradition:
Local Māori legends explained the boulders as the remains of eel baskets, calabashes, and kumara washed ashore from the wreck of an Arai-te-uru, a large sailing canoe. This legend tells of the rocky shoals that extend seaward from Shag Point as being the petrified hull of this wreck and a nearby rocky promontory as being the body of the canoe’s captain.

Though according to science/tourist board!:

The Moeraki Boulders are a number of huge spherical stones, found strewn along a stretch of Koekohe Beach near Moeraki, a small settlement just south of Hampden on New Zealand’s Otago coast.

These boulders are grey-coloured septarian concretions which have been exposed through shoreline erosion from black mudstone coastal cliffs that back the beach.
They originally formed in ancient sea floor sediments during the early Paleocene some 60 million years ago.

The boulders weigh several tons and are up to three metres in diameter.

At the time it was just a short refreshments stop on a long bus journey on the way from one place to another, we only stopped for maybe half an hour. These boulders – and there are many of them – loom out of the sea and out of the sand dunes like something left there by a passing alien craft. They look completely out of place. And yet everything about this photograph brings me back. To the limitless possibilities of being so far away with only myself for company. To the freedom of looking after and answering only to myself.

And most of all to the wonders of the world and how beautiful it really is.

Sometimes it is easy to miss that or to forget it. Yesterday, showing someone around Dublin for her first time and seeing it through her eyes made me appreciate what Dublin is again. She has just moved here knowing a grand total of two people and is as excited about Dublin as I was about everything on my trip.

What I saw yesterday was a small but vibrant and colourful city, full of art and culture and interesting people. Yes it’s not all good, it has it’s fair share of trouble and troubled citizens but show me any city that doesn’t?

I love it!

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