Seals, sulphur, skydives and Sheldons! April 1st 2008 Flying into Christchurch was amazing in itself with fabulous views of the Southern Alps beneath us. This was going to be good.
We only had 1 night in Christchurch when we first arrived as the next day we were bound for Methven in the Canterbury Plains where we stayed in a great YHA and woke up at 5am the next morning to go up in a hot air balloon! This was a wedding gift from Roger and Diane, and ... read more
Oceania » New Zealand » North Island » Auckland » Ponsonby The Polynesian Maori reached New Zealand in about A.D. 800. In 1840, their chieftains entered into a compact with Britain, the Treaty of Waitangi, in which they ceded sovereignty to Queen Victoria while retaining territorial rights. In that same year... ... read more