Pohutukawa; New Zealand's native 'Christmas tree'.  The red flowers usually are best late December - at Christmas - but can be seen late November through to mid January.  Many to be seen on the North Island's many coastly regions.

Pohutukawa; New Zealand's native 'Christmas tree'. The red flowers usually are best late December - at Christmas - but can be seen late November through to mid January. Many to be seen on the North Island's many coastly regions.

Mount Maunganui Surf and Sunset - perfect New Zealand holiday spot!

Mount Maunganui Surf and Sunset - perfect New Zealand holiday spot!

Waipu Cove, an hour and a half north from Auckland's CBD.  Beautiful white sandy surf beach.  North Island, New Zealand.

Waipu Cove, an hour and a half north from Auckland's CBD. Beautiful white sandy surf beach. North Island, New Zealand.

The Duchess of Cambridge visits Aldershot Barracks on St Patrick's Day wearing a dress designed by New Zealand born designer Emilia Wickstead

The Duchess of Cambridge visits Aldershot Barracks on St Patrick's Day wearing a dress designed by New Zealand born designer Emilia Wickstead

Mount Maunganui, Tauranga, situated on the east coast (a 3 hour drive from Auckland CBD), North Island, New Zealand

Mount Maunganui, Tauranga, situated on the east coast (a 3 hour drive from Auckland CBD), North Island, New Zealand

The Duchess of Cambridge (left) in her Kiwi-designed (Emilia Wickstead), rose coloured dress, pictured with the Duchess of Cornwall.  Nice hats too btw!

The Duchess of Cambridge (left) in her Kiwi-designed (Emilia Wickstead), rose coloured dress, pictured with the Duchess of Cornwall. Nice hats too btw!

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