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Wellington Cable Car

Wellington Cable Car, originally uploaded by MagicTyger.

On the last morning of my journey, before I left for home, we went for a trip on the Wellington Cable Car.

Here’s a video of the short trip. If you only have a brief time in town, this is a "must do", it’s cheap,

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Lake Taupo

Lake Taupo, originally uploaded by MagicTyger.

Taupo is a huge freshwater lake in the middle of the North Island. It’ssurrounded by picturesque mountains, gravelly beaches, pine trees, and greengrass.

There’s something about seeing so much freshwater in one place thatimpresses a parched aussie like me.

There was an ironman competition here yesterday.

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Waiotapu Thermal Park

Waiotapu Thermal Park, originally uploaded by MagicTyger.

At the Waiotapu Thermal Park there’s a large area of thermal pools allcolored by different chemicals that occur naturally in the water.

My specs fogged up from all the steam.

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Boiling Mud

Boiling Mud, originally uploaded by MagicTyger.

We’re off the ship and exploring New Zealand.

Here’s some quick shots of some thermal mud pools at Waiotapu today. Itlooks like something from another planet. And smells like it too

The ground is still rocking. We haven’t quite got used to being off theship.

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Auckland’s Amazing Acrobatic Tugboat

We recently sailed from Auckland’s beautiful harbour aboard P&O’s Oriana which is currently on a world voyage.

The local tugboat captain skillfully helped the 65,000 tonne Ocean Liner gracefully reverse from her berth, and sent her on her way to Sydney.

But after he’d done the job, the Tug Boat captain showed us what

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