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New Zealand: Surf and Turf

New Zealand's North Island is home to evil black swans, hot springs, and plenty of surf and scenic views.
  • Cruising away from the Auckland port on a typical February summer day.
  • New Zealand's capital is on the North Island and a hot spot for cruisers and urban backpackers alike.
  • The landscape is diverse: the ocean is just blocks away from this city street.
  • Bringing new meaning to the term "green building," in Auckland. Is that a Prius?
  • Cows marched up the same street as cars to munch grass on Mt. Eden, a former volcano.
  • Just down the shoreline we saw the evil black swans happily enjoying excessive carbs.
  • The smell of sulfur was pervasive, but all the warning signs were used on the swans in Rotorua.
  • The valley reaching out from the farmhouse we stayed at in Rotorua.
  • NZ is home to the merino wool baselayer company Icebreaker.
  • The February temps while we were there: 55-75. Even rainy or overcast days were comfortable.
  • This garden was our host's full-time job. After the cows, and the chickens, and the landscaping.
  • There's no shortage of surfing spots in NZ. But it's best to go with a local or a surf school.
  • The requisite surfboard shot. Off camera is a clothesline covered in swimsuits and wetsuits.
  • There was a multi-tiered path along this shoreline. And plenty of fisherman looking for big catches.
  • The requisite surfer car. We went the surf camp route and it didn't disappoint.
  • These trees that lined the beach were reminiscent of evergreens, but looked inside out.
  • A sunset over the ocean from the porch of our ramshackle beach house. What could be better?
Cruising away from the Auckland port on a typical February summer day.
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Cruising away from the Auckland port on a typical February summer day.


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