History and culture1. Alcatraz, San Francisco
2.Bill, the Maori guide at Tane Mohutu
3. Waitangi Treaty Grounds
4. Kauri Pioneer Museum in the Waipoua Forest
5. Whakarewarewa village, Rotarua
6.Te Puia Thermal Reserve, Rotarua
7. Pete wearing the chief's headress
8. Tamaki Village Maori Warrior greeting
9. Tamaki Village-hangi meal
10. Te Papa, museum at Wellington
11. Geraldine, annual heritage celebrations
12.Sydney, aborigine street artist on Circular Quay
24.01.2011 San Francisco boat from pier 33 to Alcatraz, super audi guide of island prison
27.01.2011 New Zealand, North Island, met Bill at the mighty Tane Mohutu tree, 2000 years old, named after a forest god. Bill entertained us with stories and legends of the Maori culture of this region, very moving to stand listening to prayers and chants in the middle of a rainforest
28.01.2011 Waitangi Treaty Grounds, very interesting place
29.01 2011 At Matakohe, Kauri Pioneer Museum, marvelled at the size of these majestic trees, fell in love with a piece of wood
01.02.2011 Guided tour of this village gave a fascinating insight into how geothermal activity is part of everyday life and how energy is channelled to provide basic necessities of life.
01.02.2011 Te Puia Thermal Reserve where geysers and mud pools burst forth, also houses a small hstoric area showing how the maori lived
01.02.2011 Pete in the Maori chief's head-dress!!
01.02.2011a great night-the warrior welcome, a visit to the Tamaki village for a cultural show and demonstration of maori life. Our guide was Ngutter and lived up to his name!
01.02.2011 the meal at Tamaki was cooked in the hangi oven, below ground where the thermal activity cooks the food-delicious flavour.
03.02.2011 Te Papa, Wellington's National Museum-artists representation of the Maori village centre-superb in colour and design.
12.02.2011 Geraldine, a lunch stop found us this gem. Farmer's market celebrating their Heritage day, lots of crafts and costume-and demos such as this manual sheep shearing.
20.02.2011 Sydney On Circular Quay we found street artists including this aboriginal singing his songs.