Between Christmas and New Year's Eve 2003, I cruised down the south
island along Lake Tekapo, Mt Cook, Wanaka and finally Queenstown.
In the second half of February 2004, I then visited the north island
from Palmerston North up to the Bay of Islands, spending six days
in Tongariro National Park and subsequently visiting Hamilton, the
Bay of Plenty, the Waitomo Caves, Auckland and the Bay of Islands
(Paihia and Waitangi). The purpose of this page is to give my friends
an impression of the beautiful landscape that I got to experience during
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widths - so don't forget to scroll on the panorama pictures or to
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Tim, one of my best kiwi friends.
Tim's grandfather had a very exciting life and is still quite fit - Tim gave him a hacky sack for his birthday.
The children distributed the presents.
three of Tim's best friends
The beautiful Lake Tekapo
Lake Tekapo from a different perspective, with the church of the good shepherd on the small peninsula
beautiful landscape near Lake Tekapo (panorama)
Typical Otago landscape - looks a bit like Afghanistan in a dry summer, as far as I can judge from what I saw from the plane.
Stuart Landsborough's Puzzling World near Wanaka - featuring a nice collection of puzzles and a maze
Inside the leaning tower - the horizontal step appears tilted
nice illusion due to the tilted floor
leaning forward to stand vertical - looked funnier in reality than in the photo
Nice challenge to alleged mind readers; so far, six persons attempted to discover the treasure's hiding place in vain, yielding a total of $NZ 6000 for charity.
I think I'll adopt that tile pattern for my next bathroom!
The maze from one of the bridges that make it even more fun!
Weight training - sorry for the disadvantageously cast shadow
beautiful Lake Wanaka
Cinema Paradiso in Wanaka is one of the premier attractions and features not only comfy sofas and a car instead of the normal armchairs, but also hot fresh-made cookies in the break!
Queenstown, with one of the fast jetboats used for the shotover river cruise for tourists.
Queenstown scenery - isn't this landscape just amazingly beautiful?
enlarged part of the scenery
Landscape close to Queenstown, along the road to Wanaka through the Cardronas valley
Lake Hawea, north-east of Wanaka
extremely beautiful river scene near Wanaka
The annual world busker's festival in Christchurch
The birthday present that I got from my flatmates: An inflatable kiwi (I bet they were the first non-Asians to buy it)!
New Zealand Summer on 27/12/2003: extremely dry.
New Zealand Summer on 04/01/2004: extremely wet (photo courtesy of Stephen France (?)). The wettest hour alone saw 104mm of rain.
Mike Steel, my professor and supervisor, and the director of the Biomathematics Research Centre.
Mt Ngauruhoe (Orodruin / Mt Doom) in one of the very few sunny moments.
Mt Ngauruhoe at dusk.
Beautiful small waterfall in Tongariro National Park.
Me in sexy outdoor outfit (near Lower Tama Lake).
Even more sexy without the jacket.
Bay of Plenty, the north-eastern shore of NZ's north island - note the phenomenal long white cloud!
further to the left
Glowworm cave in Waitomo - the curves instead of dots are camera shake artifacts.
Me right after abseiling 100m down into the lost world cave - an exciting, but expensive adventure.
Typical north island vegetation and relief.
further to the right
above a cave in Waitomo, with some typical pancake rock
closeup of a piece of layered pancake rock
Beautiful river near the Mangapohue Natural Bridge Scenic Reserve
the same river a little further upstream
Marokopa falls (note the faint rainbow!)
nice hill with rocks and two trees
pancake rock (turned 90°)
interesting wood and rocks
another interesting rock
beautiful shore with dark, mineral-rich sand at the west coast
view from above
interesting dead tree
Karsten "Spiff" Sperling at Taharoa Lake, north of Auckland near Dargaville.
Te Matura Ngahere (The father of the forest) - a 2000 year old giant Kauri tree (trunk 10m high, 5.22m diameter, total height 30m). These trees were used for Maori war canoes (wakas) and for sailing ship's masts.
The normally beautiful Bay of Islands in foggy and rainy weather.
Karsten in Paihia, the heart of the Bay of Islands.
Closeup of world's largest waka, launched on the 100year anniversary of the Treaty of Waitangi.
Aft section of the waka, a smaller waka in the background.
Auckland's skyline (photo courtesy of Karsten Sperling)
Skytower at night; it has three color schemes on a weekly cycle, with blue being the best.
steeper viewing angle
view from the skytower's viewing platform - the lines are the wires for the 195m skyjump (not a bungy jump, but slightly slower).
a little further to the right
view through the glass floor
view over Auckland - one tree hill AKA no tree hill is visible in the background, on the left
One of Auckland's yacht harbours, and the famous Harbour Bridge.