Postcard of Lake Taupo, New Zealand

An interesting history of this famous lake is posted in Parched Paper and the Quill.

Tongariro National Park's active volcanoes loom above Lake Taupo, filling an ancient crater from which the largest recorded eruption on Earth is thought to have occurred in AD186.

Tongariro National Park's active volcanoes loom above Lake Taupo, filling an ancient crater from which the largest recorded eruption on Earth is thought to have occurred in AD186.

The Natives of New Zealand

Native Birds of New Zealand, the most reknown is Kiwi, the center bottom with the egg

Native Birds of New Zealand, the most reknown is Kiwi, the center bottom with the egg


Top – left to right:Tui (P. Holden), Bellbird, Wood Pigeon
Bottom – left to right: Kea (P. Marath), Kiwi, Red Crown Parakeet

Tui is one of the finest songsters in the New Zealand Forest. Identified by the while feathers at its throat.
Bellbird is so named because of its bell-like call.
Wood Pigeon – a beautiful plumaged bird once formed a staple item of early Maori food.
Kea, a New Zealand Mountain Parrot which lives above the forest line and is well known by trampers for its comical antics and inquisitive nature.
Kiwi – New Zealand’s national bird, the flightless Kiwi is seldom seen in daylight, preferring to forage for its food at night in dense forest.
Red Crown Parakeet – are rare on mainland New Zealand, normally found on offshore islands living in the native bush.

Do you ne’er think what wondrous beings these? Do you ne’er think who made them, and who taught The dialect they speak, where melodies Alone are the interpreters of thought? Whose household words are songs in many keys, Sweeter than instrument of man e’er caught! – Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, ~Henry Wadsworth LongfellowTales of a Wayside Inn–The Poet’s Tale–The Birds of Killingworth

Native Flowers of New Zealand

Native Flowers of New Zealand


Top – left to right: Kakabeak, Kowhai, Clematis
Bottom – left to right: Kakabeak, Ponga Frond, Rata

Little things seem nothing, but they give peace, like those meadow flowers which individually seem odorless but all together perfume the air. ~Georges Bernanos

Postcards from New Zealand

Left to right: Magnificent seascapes, Native forest and Snow clad mountains and the rich pasture that makes New Zealand a land of great natural beauty.

Left to right: Magnificent seascapes, Native forest and Snow clad mountains and the rich pasture that makes New Zealand a land of great natural beauty.

Tope Left:Golden Fleece Terrace; Top Right: Hochstetter Pool;Bottom Left: The Tourist Launch; Bottom Right: Diamond Geyser

Top Left:Golden Fleece Terrace; Top Right: Hochstetter Pool; Bottom Left: The Tourist Launch; Bottom Right: Diamond Geyser

New Zealand is truly a magnificent “land of natural beauty” by its own definition and interpretation as depicted by the pristine and prestige of the wonders it has been so plenteously blessed with.

Orakei Korako, New Zealand is “The Hidden Valley” that offers an exciting array of ancient volcanic wonders.