New Zealand, day four

love this place. seriously, love it!
love that my husband is here now — check out the sign he was holding up as I came out of customs at the Auckland airport Monday a.m.

can’t read it huh? it says "Stacy and Friends" anyway, I was missing him
already and I just thought that was particularly cute of him.
He looks pretty good sitting in the right side of the car too …

I know you can’t really see an entire country in 4 or 5 days, but I feel like we’ve really experience a broad spectrum of the amazing things NZ has to offer. We left Auckland on Monday, after a quick stop for some inspiration at Kikki K (very cool place)

David drove with Paula and Kayce down to Rotorura and the three couples each have our own car, so we’ve all had our own agenda. Geof and I haven’t vacationed together, alone for a very long time and so it’s been so FUN to just drive and talk — I read to him from the Lonely Planet NZ guide and look at the window ..
Rotorura is the #1 tourist stop in NZ, right in the heart of all the geo-thermal activity — speaking of which, our "hangi" dinner served up at the Maori cultural center was cooked under ground and was succulent to say the least. We were treated to quite a show of singing, dancing and poi-ball swinging — loved it.

I’m sitting in a coffee shop right now without any of my brochures to use as
cheat sheets, so I can’t remember the name of this cool place. We took a short ferry jaunt over to a very "active" area and hiked around (very cool — not really, actually very HOT)
from there we drove up and through the national park that has snow capped volcanos!
and then down, down, down through lush, green windy country roads.

can you see the white specks all over these hills?

and here?
what are they?
SHEEP by the gazillions — seriously, LOTS of sheep.
Ok, I think my time is probably up .. I have many more pics on my camera, yet to download and so much more to share.
LOVE you family, miss you KIDS.
be good to grandma and grandpa!!


  1. Thank you for all the pictures. Have fun!

  2. Wow this looks so amazing!! Enjoy your time there, thanks for the phtoos. Tena

  3. Lucky you! As a kiwi I know just how good this country is – i miss it – your photos are making me homesick!

  4. Oooh-thanks for posting the wonderful photos! Enjoy!!

  5. love the pics… I lived in NZ until I was 8 and want to get back there so bad!

  6. Thanks for sharing these pics! NZ looks stunning:)

  7. Judy in Carefree says:

    Wow, brings back fond memories of our 3 1/2 week trip to AU and NZ. Thanks for sharing!

  8. Thanks so much for sharing the pictures… looks incredible!

  9. WOW, I wish I was there with you! This looks like such a fun trip! I checked out Kikki K online… They have some fun stuff, you must have gone nuts in there!

  10. Stacey I just want to thank you for the most amazing & inspirational weekend ever!

  11. Thank you so much for coming to NZ. I loved your classes and am looking forward to tackling the assignments. Hope you had a safe journey home.

  12. WOW WOW WOW. Thanks so much for sharing the pics – they look phenomenal. It really is a treat for you to share them. Lurve the sheep! Who knew!

  13. Stacy I feel like I’m living vicariously thru you! Thank you for loving us so much to share this wonderful trip!

  14. Stacy,
    I know you have been having tons of fun down under but I’m missing your blogging. I have a big favor. Can you please do the fun Christmas present ideas like you did last year-I found the best things that I have given throughout the year because of that-like the gorillapod.
    Thank you, Cheryl

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