'Koru' is the Maori word for the new unfurling fern frond. The pattern is used in many Maori and New Zealand art forms and symbolizes new life, regeneration, growth, strength and peace.

'Koru' is the Maori word for the new unfurling fern frond. The pattern is used in many Maori and New Zealand art forms and symbolizes new life, regeneration, growth, strength and peace.

Weta..A new zealand insect that is remarkably large and also has a rather nasty bite to go with it. Not poisonous though.

Weta..A new zealand insect that is remarkably large and also has a rather nasty bite to go with it. Not poisonous though.

New Zealand | Tukaroto Matutaera Potatau Te Wherowhero Tawhiao, second Maori King; Head and shoulders portrait of King Tawhaio, with his face in three-quarter profile, looking left. Tawhiao has short dark hair, a moko (facial tattoo), and is wearing a kaitaka (cloak) with the taniko border around his shoulders.   | Pulman and Son photography studio 1882

New Zealand | Tukaroto Matutaera Potatau Te Wherowhero Tawhiao, second Maori King; Head and shoulders portrait of King Tawhaio, with his face in three-quarter profile, looking left. Tawhiao has short dark hair, a moko (facial tattoo), and is wearing a kaitaka (cloak) with the taniko border around his shoulders. | Pulman and Son photography studio 1882

Kiwi bach - New Zealand vacation home - Rangitoto Island - I knew the lady that owned this bach.  She was a fantastic fisherwoman

Kiwi bach - New Zealand vacation home - Rangitoto Island - I knew the lady that owned this bach. She was a fantastic fisherwoman

Auckland Harbour from Ponsonby by Fiona Whyte for Sale - New Zealand Art Prints

Auckland Harbour from Ponsonby by Fiona Whyte for Sale - New Zealand Art Prints

Sheep on the drive from Te Anau to Queenstown, New Zealand From #treyratcliff at www.StuckInCustoms.com - all images Creative Commons Noncommercial.

Sheep on the drive from Te Anau to Queenstown, New Zealand From #treyratcliff at www.StuckInCustoms.com - all images Creative Commons Noncommercial.

Volcanoes near this beach on the eastern edge of New Zealand's North Island develop large underground reservoirs of extremely hot water.    Over time, this water escapes to the surface, cooling along the way, though still emerging at temperatures as hot as 64 C. The hot springs are accessible only at low tide, so grab a shovel and dig your own spa.

Volcanoes near this beach on the eastern edge of New Zealand's North Island develop large underground reservoirs of extremely hot water. Over time, this water escapes to the surface, cooling along the way, though still emerging at temperatures as hot as 64 C. The hot springs are accessible only at low tide, so grab a shovel and dig your own spa.

Piha, New Zealand. Love going here and climbing the big rock! Definitely wouldn't go swimming though...dangerous area.

Piha, New Zealand. Love going here and climbing the big rock! Definitely wouldn't go swimming though...dangerous area.

Hot Water Beach, between Tairua and Whitianga, Coromandel., N.Z. Two hours either side of low tide, with the help of a spade you can dig your own natural hot pool. These hot springs come from an underground river, heated under the earth and seeping to the Pacific Ocean.

Hot Water Beach, between Tairua and Whitianga, Coromandel., N.Z. Two hours either side of low tide, with the help of a spade you can dig your own natural hot pool. These hot springs come from an underground river, heated under the earth and seeping to the Pacific Ocean.

Vulcan Lane, Auckland. Possibly my favourite street.

Vulcan Lane, Auckland. Possibly my favourite street.

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