I'll be posting photos as internet allows. Enjoy. I highly recommend putting New Zealand at the top of potential travel destinations. Incredible scenery and wonderfully friendly people.
|Kiwi Christmas trees look much the same as American trees. Santa even realized I was in Tokeroa and brought me some wonderful gifts!|
|Sharing the holiday with a loving family was SO much better than being in a hotel room.|
|On Christmas Eve we went to Rotorua, a main tourist attraction, known as the center of Maori culture and hotbed of geothermic activity. Plus, lots of adventure activities. We started with a gondola ride to the peak overlooking the lake.|
|Then we land-luged down the hill. Thomas in the green helmet, stayed behind to make sure I was doing ok. He also rode the chair lift back up with me to help me over my fear of heights.|
|That's me, having my photo taken after having just been unceremoniously dumped out of the giant ball I'd ridden down the hill in. It was a blast!|
|After more sightseeing and enjoying my first Big Mac in 14 months, we caught up with dad and sister who were knee boarding at a nearby lake. This is Thomas, with a great view of the countryside behind him.|