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Kia Ora! Auckland-Hamilton-Rotorua, 9-21 Oct 2004

Over three years after our first visit to New Zealand, here we are again in the country, this time, in its North Island. It started as a work assignment for yet another project based out in OZ, we made use of the two weekends over this two-week trip to roam where we could. For Jay, this is his first cross-country travel, unfortunately, also his first time getting sick, runny nose. Oh, well, despite so many glitches in the arrangement, including rushing for Jay's OZ visa while in Auckland, we still greatly enjoyed this Land of Long White Cloud, home to the Hobbits and Elves... in colorful spring blossom.

Auckland city view from our apartment window

Auckland Town Hall off Queen Street

Mt. Eden extinct volcano, overlooking Auckland

One-Tree Hill summit with remains of Maori Paa (fort)

Auckland Museum with its Maori treasures

Auckland's oldest park, Domain, with three bronze figures representing wisdom, fertility and strength

Albert Park - throwback sculpture

Albert Park and its Victorian fountain with Auckland Tower in the background

Hamilton Gardens - Italian garden

Rotorua Government Gardens; The Tudor structure is an old bath-house turned museum

Colourful blossoms of spring in Rotorua

Thermal activities surround Rotorua as evident in this Maori village

Te Whakarewarewa thermal park well-known for its geysers

Maori cultural dance in front of tribal meeting house - marae

Uniquely Maori expression performing haka, battle dance