Tuesday, June 17, 2008

My last photos of New Zealand

Probably. I thought I would go out with a bang...so here are some good ones I got during my trip last week.

Mt Ruapehu contains the highest peak on the North Island. It's also an active volcano, erupting as recently as last September (when I was just a few hundred kilometers north).

Cathedral Cove, Coromandel. This is one of the country's most famous landmarks. It's a beautiful beach, with a cave hewn out of the rock nearby. This cave is featured in the new Chronicles of Narnia movie as the place through which the children enter Narnia.

Off the east coast of the Coromandel. Lots of little islands.

Hot Water Beach. Just a brief drive south of Cathedral Cove. A couple of geothermally heated pools rise to fill the holes that are dug out of the sand at low tide. It can get scaldingly hot--up to about 140 degrees F.

Along the beach where I stayed in Coromandel.

I finished my trip with a drive out around the East Cape on the Pacific Coast Highway. Lots of nice views along the coast.

...including an isolated Anglican church.

Only three more days left. I'm spending them with a shitload of children. There's a big kapa haka competition in town right now, and a couple teams are staying here--at least 60 kids. They are dictating when we can eat and do our laundry. It's cool to see them practice, but I do like it better when the hostel is empty.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

gorgeous photos!