Kia Ora from Rotorua (North Island, NZ)


We have now crossed over the beautiful Cook Strait and landed in Rotorua, on the North Island of New Zealand. Yesterday, our last day on the South Island, we visited Franz Joseph Glacier. As we walked the thru the glacier valley and up to the face of this amazing structure, our guide explained to us the changes in the land and the receding of the ice. It was an awe-inspiring, and very educational experience for all. The students ran under a water fall (you can see half of our group in the bottom left of the water fall picture- shows just how large the water fall was). They also got to feel and drink from the 4 degree pristine water of the glacier stream. On the way back to our hotel in Fox Glacier, we pulled over for a quick walk thru the forest to catch a glimpse of the famous glow worms. Just magical.

Tomorrow is another full day of activities including a duck tour of the city, a visit to the geothermal pools and a tour and show at the agrodome to learn all about the sheep of this country. We will finish the evening with a visit to the Maori Cultural Center where we will learn the ways of the original New Zealand people and experience a traditional Hangi feast.

Kia Ora ~ The MD Kiwis


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