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Some call New Zealand "the land of the long grey cloud" and my personal favourite adaption of that, from a South African point of view anyway, "The land of the wrong white crowd!"- It's the birthplace of Dan Carter and a country full of moarning rugby fanatics wondering how the hell they managed to cock up another world cup.

You see, rugby is not just a sport in New Zealand its a religion and passionate does not even begin to describe the kiwis feelings towards the great game of rugby. We were lucky enough to be in Auckland in the lead up to the big occasion - the rugby world cup 2007 and be a part of the excitement and expectation. Auckland's main street had massive clocks counting down the seconds to the start of the tournament - the people all so friendly and chatty and excited for what was surely theirs for the taking - I hope that didn't change too drastically after the quarter final playoffs -we were outta there by then!

Anyway, back onto the weather... In any other country our excitement would've been well and truly drowned. Even when it seemed destined to be a great sunny day, the clouds were looming and would without forewarning suddenly engulf us and and we would find ourselves fighting the on-off drizzle again - we could've just been in a bad 3 week spell possibly???

Nevertheless you have to hand it to the kiwis for their outdoor positive friendly attitudes. People are out and about making the most of it all, running, cycling, tramping, paddling, rafting, jumping out of planes - you name it they will be doing it - forget about complaining about the weather - there's no time. It seems the kiwis motto is "There's no such thing as wrong weather - just wrong clothes".

I guess some of their "crazy" zest for life attitude rubbed off on Dee and I and we felt almost compelled to get involved and be part of the infectuous vibe - Without knowing it we were swimming with dolphins, jumping out of aeroplanes, rafting down waterfalls, hiking, tramping, dune boarding and just exploring some of the most beautiful countryside on offer.

They say a Picture tells a story of a thousand words - and with views like this who can blame the kiwis for not paying much attention to the clouds above them...

IMG_0651.jpgA beautiful sunset near lake Wanaka with NZ's most popular inhabitants.
(apparently sheep outnumber humans 10 to 1 in NZ)

IMG_0645.jpgSunset over Lake Wanaka, just be-a-utiful

IMG_0583.jpgDee getting up close and personal with the iced walls of Frans Josepph Glacier

IMG_0587.jpgThe view up along one of the glacial walls at Franz Joseph - something out of this world!

IMG_0547.jpgThe serene beauty of Abel Tasman National Park

IMG_0505.jpgA murky green sulphur pool in Rotorua - looks like my old digs pool!

IMG_0501.jpgHot Sulphur pools - Rotorua

IMG_0461.jpgShew!! 1 times successful jump out of aeroplane at 12000ft! Tick!

IMG_0436.jpgThe beauty of Ha Hei beach on the picturesque corromandel peninsula

IMG_0418.jpgCathedral cove - Corromandel peninsula

IMG_0407.jpgThe beauty of Cathedrals cove - corromandel peninsula

IMG_0373.jpgThe endless 90 mile beach

IMG_0332.jpgDune riding on the dunes of the 90 mile beach

IMG_0309.jpgTasman sea meets Pacific ocean

IMG_0326.jpgCape Reinga

IMG_0299.jpgMucking around on another beautiful beach up in the northland

IMG_02751.jpgHole in the rock - Bay of islands

IMG_0250.jpgOur dolphin friends - bay of islands

IMG_0161.jpgWhangarei Heads coastline

IMG_0072.jpgAuckland skyline

DSC_0029.jpgRafting down waterfalls!

P9082680.jpgCaving in Waipu caves

Posted by doubledrtw 02:08 Archived in New Zealand Tagged round_the_world

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