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View at the top of the hill. Like I said, hard to believe you're in a city! You get a real sense that New Plymouth (especially the suburbs) has been developed within bush, rather than trees planted after the developments:

Some close-ups:

Pohutukawa:

After walking back along the track, you're back out at the sea again:

Enjoying the crashing surf:

Family having fish and Chips by the beach, the seagulls know how to get a feed:

Pohutukawa tree:

Back towards port Taranaki and the sugarloaf islands off to the right. They existed (thanks to eruptions) before Mt Egmont and Taranaki itself:

The next day, my Auntie took me (and my cuzzy Matt) for a walk around Lake Mangamahoe (between Egmont Village and New Plymouth):

An all to familiar Kiwi walkway swing bridge, cuzzy Matt standing on it:

Wandering uphill:

A rewarding views at the top of the lake:

My Auntie Liz, about to go across a crumbling bridge:

And finally back along by the lake:

A few days later it was off from Taranaki up to the Waikato, passing through Awakino gorge:

Moo:

Last view of Taranaki surf and black sand:

Back at the parents, my sister Emma showing me her miniature horses:

And finally a late night snap from my parents back yard:

New Zealand sure does earn its clean green image!

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By Tony Baker: email