There were just two more stops on this Smithsonian Journeys trip to Australia and New Zealand and both were on the North Island.. I had not previously been to the North Island so I was curious to see just how different it was from the South.
Lake Wakatipu. At 50 miles long, it is New Zealand's longest lake and one of the deepest at 1,250 feet. The mountains around the lake (center) are known as The Remarkables.
here and look at the unusual national park boundary around the cone here.
here on the Volcano Discovery web site.
Black swan on Lake Rotorua
toon trees, which have been introduced from China. We were here just in time to see the leaves before they turn green.