Saturday, April 10, 2010

New Zealand photos, part 1

So yes, I've been to New Zealand with Mr Morrgan. The whole thing started out as a family emergency, so we "planned" the trip, got time off work, got tickets and were off in only about 3 weeks.

We're good at panicky surprise travel, it seems. If it isn't work-related or unplanned, it doesn't happen. We still need to go on our honeymoon, for example. Been thinking about doing that for only the past 5 years or so.

Anyway. Fortunately everything ended up going well, so we got about 3 lovely weeks in New Zealand with Mr Morrgan's side of the family. As tradition dictates, there will now be some photos.


Early in the trip, we got the chance to explore Real Proper NZ bush with just a little trail going through it, somewhere near Palmerston North on the North Island. For a Finn, it was odd seeing pines and tree ferns mixed together. How exotic!


Ah, the tree ferns, how I love them. It's not too hard to imagine a big dino munching on the fronds.


More tree ferns! Well, one. We also spent a lot of time among more organized plant life, such as the Botanic Garden in Wellington...


...and the one in Christchurch. Once I'm rich and famous, I want a pond and a bridge like this.


We even went to see the Ellerslie International Flower Show in Christchurch, with such fancy sights as a flower lighthouse...


...a brass band on bicycles...


...and a more peaceful Japanese-style garden.


While in Christchurch, we also spotted this pretty water fountain thingie...


...and this. The NZers have interesting ideas about lawns!


The 2nd part will be all the awesome scenery we enjoyed, mostly from the South Island. Hills! Mountains! Rivers! Turquoise seas! Cows! Don't miss it!

1 comment:

Meekiyu said...

lolol cool pictures! The lawn mower one made me laugh. The gardens look beautiful and the brass band on the bikes were a sight to see o_o

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