It is 9:11 a.m. on January 1, 2008 and we celebrated by watching the fireworks off
We are leaving in just a few hours for Sydney, then the flight home tomorrow (January 2)...but we wanted to give you this catch up on the North Island of New Zealand first. First, everyone says the scenery in the
The next morning, we left for the wine country (
We had been under the impression that Rotorua was the farming capital and not more...but we couldn't have been farther off. This was where the truly unbelievable scenery came into play. Think thermal geysers, big lakes, volcanic craters, mud pots, steaming multi-colored sulfur pools. We were escorted by Ben, a member of a huge Maori family (I think they all have thousands of cousins). Ben is a gentle man who chauffeured us around for a memorable, fantastic 9 hour day--not only to the eco sites but also to his Maori village and the local museum. So we not only soaked in the scenery but also the culture. An incredible day.
In Rotorua, we stayed at the best B&B (The Springs) where our hostess (Colleen) makes the world's greatest blueberry pancakes. She said that Bon Appetit had contacted her for the recipe... so watch for it! We will. Anyway, we headed for
Regarding the weather here on the
Well, running out of time on this computer, so gotta go. Off to