A belated Happy New Year to all and sundry.
Having had a great-aunt who lived in Australia with her family, I grew up imagining an interesting far-off land which I'd like to visit some day. By contrast, New Zealand never even much crossed my radar, so it was ironic that I should set off for the smaller shores of Aotearoa in October 2002 and spend the greater time in that beautiful country, before flying across the Tasman Sea for a six-week visit to its gigantic neighbour when the first six months' visa had expired.
Undaunted, I made the most of this relatively short spell, realising I couldn't possibly cover the whole country in six weeks, and instead opting to explore the south east corner of it, visiting cousins and friends as I did so.
I wasn't convinced that my pictures were much good, but I was pleased to rediscover them recently, having thought I'd lost them for good, and here is a selection, taken with a Fuji Finepix A303 little digital camera and a Canon EOS 300 film camera (not difficult to spot which image comes from which camera!). Who knows when I'll be able to return, so for now, I shall dream much as I did as a child, of adding Tasmania, Perth, Adelaide, Queensland, and much else besides, to the sights I enjoyed seeing in 2003.