On the eve of flying to Auckland in the North Island of New Zealand, I am recalling what I enjoyed about visiting the South Island.
I flew to Nelson via Christchurch. It seems to me only those that live in New Zealand, or have visited, know where their towns are, so here is a map taken from http://www.worldatlas.com/webimage/countrys/oceania/nz.htm
New Zealand is apparently the fourth best of the economically free nations (after Hong Kong, Singapore and Australia, so says http://www.heritage.org/index/ranking). Amazing, ain’t it?
And yet, in despite all the efficiency and good economy, New Zealand seems to be a really nice, almost old-time place. Here are a few shots of the highlights around Nelson, which is the centre of the country.
There were gentle touches of humour, often involving red vehicles
It seems that it’s forbidden for citizens to be hurt. First the city fathers cut down the biggest tree in town as it was about to shed a branch or two. They made a tree stump worth visiting, but with a kill-joy sign on it.
Lush beautiful gardens, both private and public:
and the lovely sea views.
Finally, only in New Zealand. I have no idea why this happens…..