New Zealand

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The last time I was in a big airplane was 20 years ago. This time it was Emirates from Australia to New Zealand. I wished the flight was longer.

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The huge wing of the airplane and our first sight of New Zealand!!

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Landed in Auckland and rented a car. Ali drove us to Napier. There was a lot of traffic to get out of the airport area and during the first hour. After that we got to see the beautiful landscape and animals. We found and made a motel reservation on our way. Ali drove through winding roads and it started raining around 7PM.

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We stopped in the largest town on our map for something to eat. We didn’t know that Hobbiton was in Matamata. At least we got to see the outside.

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We were at the motel around 10:30PM. It was chilly when we arrived. The next morning we got to see our surroundings. Spring season had started in New Zealand but they had a couple of cold days. Some flowers got wilted.

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We went to the center of Napier for breakfast.20161021-3B8A3490-NZ1 20161021-3B8A3492-NZ1 20161021-3B8A3493-NZ1 20161021-3B8A3496-NZ1 20161021-3B8A3500-NZ1 20161021-3B8A3501-NZ1 20161021-3B8A3504-NZ1

Then we went to Hawkes Bay wineries. Afterwards we went to Taupo.

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These were wild goats. So pretty.20161021-3B8A3591-NZ2 20161021-3B8A3594-NZ2 20161021-3B8A3596-NZ2 20161021-3B8A3597-NZ2 20161021-3B8A3599-NZ2 20161021-3B8A3600-NZ2 20161021-3B8A3603-NZ2 20161021-3B8A3605-NZ2 20161021-3B8A3607-NZ2

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New Zealand has some of the most beautiful and dramatic clouds I have seen.20161021-3B8A3670-NZ3 20161021-3B8A3677-NZ3 20161021-3B8A3680-NZ3 20161021-3B8A3687-NZ3 20161021-3B8A3690-NZ3 20161021-3B8A3694-NZ3 20161021-3B8A3699-NZ3 20161021-3B8A3702-NZ3 20161021-3B8A3705-NZ3 20161021-3B8A3707-NZ3 20161021-3B8A3712-NZ3 20161021-3B8A3719-NZ3 20161021-3B8A3720-NZ3

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