|Neal Tew, Patricia and Dan Potts, Judy and Tom Tew|
|Map of Sydney|
|Sydney facing North|
|Bus stop at Hyde Park (behind me)|
|Judy and Neal inside circle|
FRI (02 Mar) and SAT (03 Mar) were open water days on our way to New Zealand.
|First sighting of New Zealand at Milford Sound|
|Numerous waterfalls in Milford Sound|
|Exiting Milford Sound|
|Aerial view of Dunedin|
|Googled photo of Akaroa Bay on a sunny day|
|Googled photo of Picton on a sunny day|
|Weta workshop logo (mirror image = A. Tew)|
FRI (09 Mar) Overnight, we traveled to the city of Napier (NAY pier). The weather was so rough that we were unable to port, so we headed on toward Tauranga (Tau RONG uh).
|Geyser in thermal village|
From Rotorua, we went to the Hobbiton, which was highlight of the entire New Zealand trip for many. The weather was great for a change, and the Hobbiton was everything we had hoped for. I think for most, it exceeded their expectations. There were some 44 little round-door homes against the side of a hill, and other buildings to give the feel of an entire village.
We thoroughly enjoyed the travel to and from the Hobbiton, seeing more agriculture (especially kiwi fruit farms) than we had seen on previous stops. The route back to Tauranga took us through an impressive mountain range.
|Path of Cyclone Hola|
|Judy at the aquarium|
|Beach fronting Napier town|
MON (12 Mar) - WED (14 Mar) were open water days on our return to Australia.
|Sydney Opera House from Harbor Bridge|
|Blue Mountains 100 km NW of Sydney|
SAT (17 Mar) We woke up at 5:30 AM Saturday morning in Sydney, and by the end of a 42-hour Saturday (crossing the Int'l Date Line), was home in Tennessee by 6:30 PM Saturday evening, having traveled nearly halfway around the world.