Some views from campsites on the North Island
The scenery here is quite varied and always new in contrast to what we know. The trees have a green/grey cast reminiscent of olive trees in the Mediterranean. The sky is nearly as "BIG" as Australia's. Everywhere there are hills and later on in the interior we begin to see mountains - in anticipation of the Alps on the South Island..
There are locals with their spears walking the slack tide looking for flounder and other flat fish. Maori girls play with a fountain begging to have their picture taken. In an image in the upper right I experiment again with placing the camera on the ground/beach for an unusual perspective to better show the texture of the sands.
Steve Jones, the ranger stops for an animated
talk on his work to manage difficult and rare species - and explains how the
flock of peacock fit in the mix. Hi is consumed with the management of all the
wildlife - including us primates. He stops later to warn us that a few of the
transplanted partygoers from the tenting area have moved to our area and might
be a bit noisy - they aren't and appear very respectful.