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Julie's Magical Mystery Tour

Welcome to my amazing trip to New Zealand. After dreaming of visiting for years, I finally (with thanks to my very understanding employers!) was able to spend a month in this beautiful, extraordinary country. Usually when one visits a foreign land, it's a great adventure, but then it's good to get home. I must say, during my time in Aotearoa, I felt like I *was* home. Very special thanks to my dear friend Lizi, her family and friends for welcoming me into their lives. And my very best wishes to all the wonderful people I met while traveling around.

Click on each photo below to be taken to that page. As those cool Kiwis would say, "Kia Ora"!

The Arrival

Arriving in Auckland & flight to Christchurch

The Arrival

Christchurch & Diamond Harbour, South Island

Chch & Diamond Harbour

Dunedin Road Trip, South Island

including Timaru & Moeraki Boulders

Dunedin Road Trip

The Catlins, South Island

and back to ChCh via Oamaru, Timaru, & Ashburton

The Catlins

Christchurch Revisited

Willowbank Wildlife Reserve and Crusaders NPC Weekend (they friggin' LOST!!!)

Willowbank Wildlife Reserve

Auckland, North Island

including the Auckland Festival & Waiheke Island


Kiwi Experience, North Island

A wacky bus trip to Coromandel Peninsula, Rotorua, Waitomo, and Lake Taupo

Kiwi Experience

Tranzscenic Train Journey, South Island

Christchurch to Picton via Kaikoura, incl. Blenheim

Town of Kaikoura

Wellington, North Island

including the Intercoastal ferry, quick look at Wellington, and back to Christchurch for final weekend


All photos by Julie Stoller
(except where noted)