Saying goodbye to New Zealand was tough. The amazing scenery, spectacular geothermal region, and unique wildlife, although expected, exceeded all my expectations. What was a bit unexpected was the sincere, open, friendliness of the people, we never met anyone who was not helpful and generous. I don’t think that was just because we were foreigners, as we experienced the same attitude whether people knew we were visitors, or not. I don’t think I could manage to be so unfailingly good-natured, so maybe I wouldn’t fit in here.
I was also very impressed by the approach to environmental protection, which seems to be a priority for every decision that is made. Good luck to them, they have a great deal which is unique, and sorely needs protection. Half of the bird species that were endemic when the Maoris arrived are already extinct; most of those in the last few decades.
Which is an excuse for another series of photos: