Travel Operations Coordinator Sarah Kaplan saw a wide variety of sights in New Zealand, including Winston Churchill’s boat and some adorable baby lambs. Here, she shares her five favorite images.
On this tour we learned a lot about the Maori, the native people of New Zealand. One fact that was particularly interesting to me was that it’s not unusual for Maori men and women to have face tattoos that tell the story of the wearer’s ancestry and their place in society. The men often have full face tattoos (like the one represented in this carving) and the women have tattoos only on their chin.
This photo was taken from a helicopter over Franz Josef Glacier. The view was spectacular, and we were lucky to be on the first helicopter to go up after a snow fall so everything was completely pristine and untouched.
This is a photo of Lake Wakatipu in Queenstown, the boat in the background is the MV Yvalda which once belonged to Winston Churchill.
Due to the abundance geothermic activity New Zealand has a large number hot springs which are used for therapeutic purposes and relaxation. I recommend that everyone going to New Zealand take time out of their busy schedule to relax in a hot spring. The Polynesian Spa overlooking Lake Rotorua was especially relaxing!
With sheep out numbering people, it’s hard to talk about a trip to New Zealand without mentioning them. We saw these cute lambs on the optional excursion to Walter Peak.