Monday, April 7, 2014

New Zealand - Music, Flat Whites, and View after View after View..

It's quite astonishing how blue water can actually be.  You might expect to see water of this color from some deep blue ocean in the tropics, but then again this is the Waikato RIVER.  After traveling for a total of 24 hours between flights, airport waiting, customs, and rental car left side of the road adventures, we pulled into Taupo, NZ.

The next morning we headed out and found the Huka Falls.  With Lake Taupo as its source, the river itself is fed with lovely thermal springs.  Jet lag antidote.

Mt. Doom

Music night in Whanganui!  @ the Savage Club.  We enjoyed our brief stay in Whanganui.  From the Musician's Club to a Riverside Bar gig the music scene was hoppin'!  We saw the Hobnail Band based out of Wellington and the Clazzmatic Boogie Orchestra pictured below!

Clazzmatic Boogie Orchestra  -  umm..11 piece band horn driven funk band!

Opunake Beach - West Coast of North Island

Green Lipped Mussels @ the Mussel Pot in Havelock.  Is that Sauvignon Blanc?  Of course it is!

Abel Tasman - North Coast of the South Island.  Think North Shore of Lake Superior, minus the large smooth lake rocks but add golden sand beaches.  Pictured is Anchorage Bay!

Ferry Crossing from North to South Island

Cardboard Cathedral - Christchurch  Beautiful rebuilt 'temporary' cathedral designed by Shigeru Ban 

The Re-Start Mall in Christchurch - Shipping Container Shopping Center!!

These guys were loud!!  I think they were New Zealand cicada's.  It was Jurassic Park.  Have a listen.  The recording didn't do them justice so I embellished upon it..

This little guy followed me around through the underbrush on a hike.  I thought I was close to a nest because it kept flying very close and was fluffing his tail out.  I later learned that he was just taking advantage of me crashing through brush and stirring up dinner for him.  

West Coast of the South Island - This wasn't us..but in order to get to the west coast, you can take Kiwi Rail from Christchurch..  Apparently it snows up in Arthur's Pass!

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