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The landing...

Auckland the biggest town of NZ

Our new home.

The first sunset (Baylys Beach) 

A wonderful walk in the Waipoua Kauri Forest. 

The name of this kauri tree is Te Matua Ngahere (The Father of the Forest) and is probably 2000 years old.

Our view from our camp site.

Isabel in front of the Tasman Sea.

Unfortunately not our boat...

Bay of Islands

Ralf in Russell

Bella in the sun, during a sailing trip. 

The Bay of Islands is popular for the Dolphins.

Ralf relaxing on the Waewaetorea Island in front of our nice catamaran.

Isabel´s first Kiwis

Ralfs outfit for the black-water rafting in the Waitamo Caves to see glowworm.

very sexy...

We did the Black Labyrinth. This was fun!!!

Ralf in front of the Lady Knox Geyser in the Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland waiting for action. 

It spouts off (with al little prompting from a soap-type organic substance) punctually at 10.15am ...

...and gushes for about an hour.

The color of the thermal pools are amazing...

This thermal poll is called the "Champagne Pool". 

This water is 95 degree hot, not a good place for swimming.

Ralf found a Kiwi!!!!

A nice View to the Motuhora (Whale Island)

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one highlight was our visit of NZ's most active volcano, the Whakaari (White Island), just 50 km of the coast.

It is a small island of 324 hectares which is privately owned. (It must be cool, beeing the owner of a vulcano!). But it is possible to visit it.  

This visit was an unforgettable experience.

You can see actual photos in the internet under

Arriving in Mordor, or the Tongario National Park in the centre of the north island.

On a hight of 2700 meter there was nothing to see as fog and some ice.. (Mt. Ruapehu)

Beside Mt. Ruapehu is Mt. Ngauruhoe, all this mountains are active volcanos.