New Zealand – 2001

New Zealand is a spectacular place. We went for a fast river ride with the spinning around and making interesting maneuvers on the Shotover River.

The landscapes were beautiful. We traveled out to the geysers and walked through the steam. The people were warm and friendly.

We had a home visit and ate dinner with a middle aged couple. The husband had a tennis court in is back yard. My buddy, the tennis player was impressed, but we didn’t have time to play.

They were a mixed couple. He was a Maori and she was Caucasian. It was a big deal here back when they got married. Things have changed some since then and it isn’t as difficult for mixed couples now.

The people were wonderful and the country seems like a place that time has forgotten. Sometimes that is a good thing.