The Wonders of Ark in the Park at Waitakere Ranges, New Zealand



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The Wonders of Ark in the Park at Waitakere Ranges, New Zealand

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After leaving Muriwai and the Gannet colony, Bob and I planned to make a stop at Ark in the Park en route back to our lodgings. Ark in the Park is a conservation area of note in the Waitakere Ranges Regional Park of Auckland. Situated in Cascade Kauri Park, it is where concerted efforts are being made to restore the ecology of the area to its natural state. Read more

Geothermal Wonders at Te Puia Geothermal Preserve near Rotorua, New Zealand



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Geothermal Wonders at Te Puia Geothermal Preserve

Image of Pohutu Geyser at Te Puia Geothermal Preserve near Rotorua, New Zealand

Te Puia Geothermal Preserve near Rotorua, New Zealand, is located within Whakarewarewa Thermal Valley.  Bob and I decided to investigate the natural wonders caused by the continual geothermal activity in that Taupo Volcanic Zone of the North Island, this after spending the early part of the same day at another attraction, Hobbiton. Read more

Southern Black-backed Gulls at Muriwai, New Zealand



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Southern Black-backed Gulls at Muriwai, New Zealand

Image of a Southern Black-backed gull at Muriwai, North Island, New Zealand. Photography by Frame To Frame - Bob and Jean

When Bob and I headed to Muriwai on New Zealand’s North Island, we had one intention and that was to photograph and observe the dense Australasian Gannet colony that occupies the headland there.  The location was also perfect for Southern Black-backed Gulls, so there was a good number of them as well.

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A Rauparaha’s Copper Butterfly in New Zealand



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A Rauparaha’s Copper Butterfly in New Zealand

An image of a Rauparaha's Copper Butterfly near Muriwai, New Zealand

It was enjoyable making our way through the sand dunes at Muriwai on the North Island of New Zealand.  The observation deck looking over the Gannet colony was our destination, but delights awaited us along the way such as this pretty Rauparaha’s Copper Butterfly. Read more

White-fronted Terns at Muriwai in New Zealand

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White-fronted Terns at Muriwai in New Zealand

An image of White-fronted Terns sitting on their nest at Muriwai in New Zealand.

On our first full day in New Zealand, Bob and I headed north from Karekare to the well known Gannet colony at Muriwai.  We were very pleased to find a significant colony of White-fronted Terns also sharing the headland at Otakamiro Point. Read more

Among the birds in the Waitakere Hills near Auckland



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Among the birds in the Waitakere Hills near Auckland

An image of Lone Kauri Lodge in New Zealand.

After picking up a rental car in Auckland, New Zealand, Bob set about driving us to our first accommodation in Karekare at the edge of the Waitakere Ranges Regional Park in the Waitakere Hills.  What a warm welcome we received at Lone Kauri Lodge and what a nice touch to see the Canadian flag flying proudly from their flagpole. Read more

In the footsteps of Gollum at Tawhai Falls in Tongariro National Park



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In the footsteps of Gollum at Tawhai Falls in Tongariro National Park

An image of Tawhai waterfalls in Tongariro National Park on the North Island, in New Zealand. Photography by Frame To Frame - Bob and Jean.

While in New Zealand, we had a real mixed bag of weather conditions.  Our time spent in Mt. Tongariro National Park was under grey skies for the most part with driving rain, snow, sleet or hail.  Our hopes of hiking the Tongariro Alpine Crossing were dashed owing to strong winds, so we made the best of things and opted for some other scenic hikes, one of which was the Tawhai Falls Walk. Read more

Hobbiton – Our walk through the Shire in New Zealand



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Hobbiton – Our walk through the Shire in New Zealand

An image of a hobbit hole with a yellow door and a wooden fence with a gate out front of it at Hobbiton, in New Zealand. Photography by Frame To Frame - Bob and Jean.

Way before Bob and I decided to go to New Zealand, I held close to my heart the idea of one day visiting Hobbiton.  When we viewed the movie, The Hobbit, I fell in love with the whimsical Hobbit Holes that Bilbo Baggins and Frodo called home.  The dome-shaped dwellings captured the imagination of my inner child, and the seemingly utopian bucolic lifestyle struck a chord with me. Read more

Australasian Gannets at the Muriwai Gannet Colony



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Australasian Gannets at the Muriwai Gannet Colony

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Bob and I had a long list of sights to see in New Zealand and first up was the gannet colony at Muriwai Regional Park just outside of Auckland.  About an hour’s drive north of Lone Kauri Lodge where we were staying on the North Island, it made for the perfect day trip.  Over 2,000 Australasian Gannets make up the colony at Muriwai, which is one of only three mainland gannet colonies in New Zealand. Read more