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New Zealand Part 2

 

I thought I’d write a little more about our vacation in New Zealand!  Auckland (or ’Tamaki Makaurau in Maori)  really is a fantastic city.  It is larger than we expected, and sort of reminds us of a cross between London and Seattle.  The fact that New Zealand is a part of the Commonwealth is incredibly evident.  Yesterday we went to the top of the Sky Tower, which is the tallest building in the Southern Hemisphere.  The view of the city skyline, harbors, and volcanoes in the distance was incredible.  It was absolutely insane to watch tourists bungee jump off of the tower. 

Tomorrow we head to Rotorua, which is known for its volcanic landscape, thermal springs, geysers, bubbling mud pools and lakes, and vibrant Maori culture.  We’ll be there for my 30th birthday, which is hard to believe.   After our Tongan diet of boiled mystery meat and root crops, the ability to eat organic salad bars, Japanese, Thai, Mexican, and Middle Eastern cuisine has been heavenly.  My hair and skin is looking better after a trip to a spa and salon, and Scot is ecstatic because we are going to visit the set of “Hobbitown” from Lord of the Rings, as well as the glow worm caves outside of Rotorua.  We miss you all and promise we will do a HUGE update of photos as soon as possible!

Happy Mother’s Day to all of the mama’s in our lives )

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