Auckland - 6-12 December 2012
Kopu, gateway to the Coromandel.
Hot Water Beach.
If you dig in the right place, the result is your very own spa on the beach as hot springs come up through the sand.
All great things start from humble beginnings.
It was an impressive hole we dug but we failed to hit the jackpot as the water was lukewarm at best :(
This is how it's done...notice the steam rising up from the sand.
Cathedral Cove and Te Hoho Rock.
Capturing the moment.
The Thames coast.
The city of Auckland from the water.
Sky Tower getting into the Xmas spirit.
Auckland Harbour Bridge.
Vector Arena, home of the reigning champion New Zealand Breakers.
Rangitoto Island is the product of underwater volcanic eruptions 600 years ago.
The destination...the summit of the volcano.
A look inside the crater.
View of Auckland from inside a World War II observation post.
Volcanic rock and some of Rangitoto's vegetation.
WAITEKERE RANGES REGIONAL PARK
Lion Rock at Piha.
Glen Esk Stream.
Rangitoto Island and Auckland from Mt Pukematekeo.
Lower Huia Reservoir and the Manukau Harbour.