Photographer's Note

Bye bye New Zealand! I am back from my long trip to New Zealand.
Aotearoa is the Maori name for New Zealand, though it seems at first to have been used for the North Island only. Many meanings have been given for the name but with Maori names the true meaning can often be found only in a mythological story or in historical fiction illustrating either how the name was given or something of the ideas which prompted it. Aotearoa is made up of either two or three words, Aotea and roa or Ao tea and roa. Aotea could be the name of one of the canoes of the great migration, the great magellan cloud near the bright star Canopus in summer, a bird or even food; ao is a cloud, dawn, daytime, or world; tea white or clear, perhaps bright, while roa means long or tall.

The most popular and authoritative meaning usually given is “long white cloud”.

It was wonderful journey. My main interest (and goal) was to see Maori culture and fantastic rain forests.

From Warsaw I went 6 hours to Dubai, then after a night in the airport hotel there was long 16 hours flight to Auckland. from there a few hours by bus and I was in the other end of the world, in Rotorua.

Rotorua is famous for its geothermal activity, and features geysers – notably the Pohutu Geyser at Whakarewarewa – and hot mud pools. This thermal activity is sourced to the Rotorua caldera, on which the town lies. But there are also some examples of Maori architecture. Here the Maori church near the lake Rotorua.

On Workshops the other view with the military cemetery.

Although the journey was long (12 hours time difference), I haven't suffered of jet lag, also in the way back.

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Broader view with the military cememtery.

The front view.

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Additional Photos by Malgorzata Kopczynska (emka) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 13102 W: 141 N: 33900] (154354)
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