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Post Options Post Options   Quote Jozioau Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 12 April 2017 at 14:46
Thanks Pieter - I feel the same in reverse seeing your post "Lofoten and Vesteralen March 2017" from the far north of Norway!!

From Wellington, next stop was Whanganui on the west coast, one of New Zealand's oldest towns founded on the mighty Whanganui river which is the longest navigable river in the country, and important in both Maori and European history.

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Whanganui main street by Joe Lewit, on Flickr

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Art Deco cinema, Whanganui by Joe Lewit, on Flickr

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Sculpture of Whanganui River by Joe Lewit, on Flickr

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Paddlesteamer, Whanganui by Joe Lewit, on Flickr

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Boats on the river, Whanganui by Joe Lewit, on Flickr

Then further north around the coast of Cape Egmont on our way to our final destination New Plymouth.
The topography of Cape Egmont is that of a large circular volcanic lava flow from the mighty Mt Egmont also known as Taranaki. This is a huge volcanic cone of a mountain resembling Mt Fuji in Japan, so much so that the movie "The Last Samurai" was filmed here. It is so large it generates its own micro climate and despite our staying in this region for four days, we never saw it due to it being completely shrouded in cloud the whole time we were there.

134. The lava plain has eroded over a long time into a strange landscape where softer material has weathered away leaving pronounced hillocks.
Cows in hilly pastures, Cape Egmont by Joe Lewit, on Flickr

135. Some of the cows enjoyed the commanding view from the top.
Sentinel cows, Cape Egmont by Joe Lewit, on Flickr

136. Taranaki Mount Egmont should by all rights have provided the backdrop to this photo.
Lighthouse, Cape Egmont by Joe Lewit, on Flickr

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Lush pasture, Cape Egmont by Joe Lewit, on Flickr

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Abandoned farm shed, Cape Egmont by Joe Lewit, on Flickr

139.
Approaching New Plymouth by Joe Lewit, on Flickr

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Then on to New Plymouth, that should by rights have been enjoyed against the backdrop of the mighty Taranaki Mt. Egmont, but which stubbornly stayed in its own cloud bank the whole of our 4 days there.

Despite that, there were a lot of interesting things to see, and photograph, one of the most spectacular being this private art gallery.
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Govett-Brewster Gallery, New Plymouth by Joe Lewit, on Flickr

141. The mirrored facade reflecting the old hotel across the road (and including a small "selfie").
Govett-Brewster Gallery reflections by Joe Lewit, on Flickr

142. And here is the White Hotel in the flesh.
White Hart Hotel, New Plymouth by Joe Lewit, on Flickr

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Govett-Brewster Gallery mirrored facade by Joe Lewit, on Flickr

144. The inside of those curved mirrored panels is plain fibreglass reinforced concrete.
Govett-Brewster Gallery concourse by Joe Lewit, on Flickr

145. A traditional Maori patterned mural.
Govett-Brewster Gallery mural by Joe Lewit, on Flickr

146. The gallery is also the Len Lye Centre where this famous local artist who found international fame in the 1960s, is featured. His kinetic sculptures are displayed in various galleries (and outdoor sites around New Plymouth), and the gallery cinema screens his experimental movies.
Len Lye kinetic sculptures by Joe Lewit, on Flickr

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Len Lye kinetic traces by Joe Lewit, on Flickr

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Len Lye giant wind vane, New Plymouth, NZ by Joe Lewit, on Flickr

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New Plymouth has a spectacular back beach with a monolithic rock headland, offshore islands, popular surf beaches and dark volcanic sand.

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Back Beach, New Plymouth, NZ by Joe Lewit, on Flickr

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Back Beach headland, New Plymouth, NZ by Joe Lewit, on Flickr

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Surfers, back beach, New Plymouth, NZ by Joe Lewit, on Flickr

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Re-entry, New Plymouth, NZ by Joe Lewit, on Flickr

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Cutting a wave, New Plymouth, NZ by Joe Lewit, on Flickr

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Back beach headland and islands, New Plymouth, NZ by Joe Lewit, on Flickr

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Golden puppy, black sand, New Plymouth, NZ by Joe Lewit, on Flickr

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Reflective surfer, New Plymouth, NZ by Joe Lewit, on Flickr

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Lonely surfer, New Plymouth back beach, NZ by Joe Lewit, on Flickr

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Post Options Post Options   Quote happyjack Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 14 April 2017 at 07:34
Ah, lovely Taranaki.
Another great set, Joe
That black sand is known in NZ as Ironsand - comprises mainly magnetite, Fe3O4, and also contains small amounts of titanium, silica, manganese, calcium and vanadium.
It is found on the West coast of the nth Is. And gets bleedin hot in direct sunlight - don't stand still on it for too long.

It is "mined" for use in the onlt NZ steel works and is also exported to other steel works.
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In frustration at not getting even a glimpse of the spectacular volcanic Taranaki Mt Egmont, we drove to the Visitor Centre in the Mt Taranaki National Park, thinking we might get some sort of sighting close up.

158. Alas, this is as good as it got. Inside there were postcards, posters, relief maps, displays explaining both the Maori and European history of the site, and framed prints showing the magnificent mountain in brilliant sunshine, but that's as close as we could get to experiencing it.
Mt. Taranaki Visitors' Centre, NZ by Joe Lewit, on Flickr

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Foggy vegetation, Taranaki National Park, NZ by Joe Lewit, on Flickr

Here's what we had desperately wanted to see https://www.google.com.au/search?q=mount+taranaki+egmont+national+park&tbm=isch&tbo=u&source=univ&sa=X&ved=0ahUKEwiQxau-9KXTAhXDFpQKHWkMCqkQsAQIRA&biw=1870&bih=938

That afternoon, we explored Eastend Beach.
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Driftwood, Eastend Beach, New Plymouth, NZ by Joe Lewit, on Flickr

161. Another of Len Lye's giant kinetic sculptures.
Len Lye wind sculpture, New Plymouth, NZ by Joe Lewit, on Flickr

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Eastend Beach, New Plymouth, NZ by Joe Lewit, on Flickr
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Post Options Post Options   Quote pegelli Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 15 April 2017 at 08:59
You've been very productive Joe, many great shots on this trip.

I like the great variety of nature, cityscapes and nice details to give a total overview.

From this page my favourites are 131, 136, 139, 141, 147 and 155.
Mind the bandwidth of others, don't link pictures larger then 1024 wide or 960 pix high, see here
 



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Post Options Post Options   Quote Dopol Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 15 April 2017 at 09:24
It's an impressive journey impression Joe.
A pleasure to browse through (only did have time for it today)

Too many good shots to comment on, enough to read between the shots.
The shots I spontaneously recall are the gannets, the schooner, the art deco impressions and some great landscapes
TFS and putting in the effort to make it a good read
Be yourself, there are enough others Comment yourself there are enough interested readers
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Post Options Post Options   Quote Jozioau Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 16 April 2017 at 13:43
Thanks @pegelli and @Dopol - very pleased that you've enjoyed the photo and narrative journey. It's very rewarding to get that feedback from you both.

Further along Eastend Beach is a river flowing into the sea that is spanned by Te Rewa Rewa Bridge. It is designed to resemble a whale skeleton, the likes of which would occasionally be found washed up and bleaching on the dark volcanic sand.
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Te Rewa Rewa Bridge, New Plymouth, NZ by Joe Lewit, on Flickr

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Te Rewa Rewa cyclist, New Plymouth, NZ by Joe Lewit, on Flickr

164. When the mighty Taranaki Mt Egmont is visible, it can be seen behind this view, looking down the barrel of the bridge structure. Alas, for us during this visit it wasn't to be, although the stark white steelwork does look dramatic against the storm clouds.
Te Rewa Rewa stormclouds, New Plymouth, NZ by Joe Lewit, on Flickr

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Te Rewa Rewa structure, New Plymouth, NZ by Joe Lewit, on Flickr

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Te Rewa Rewa rainbow, New Plymouth, NZ by Joe Lewit, on Flickr

Coming to the end of our journey, with just a few more to finish.
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Coming to the end of our tour, on our last day we explored Lower Hutt, a small distance outside of Wellington.

167. We particularly wanted to visit the Dowse Art Museum.
Dowse Art Museum, Lower Hutt, NZ by Joe Lewit, on Flickr

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Dowse Art Museum interior by Joe Lewit, on Flickr

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Maori storehouse, Dowse Art Museum by Joe Lewit, on Flickr

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Emma Fitts textile art, Dowse Art Museum by Joe Lewit, on Flickr

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Islander tradition, Dowse Art Museum by Joe Lewit, on Flickr

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Richard Stratton ceramics, Dowse Art Museum by Joe Lewit, on Flickr

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Lying sculpture, Dowse Art Museum by Joe Lewit, on Flickr

174. Another fine piece of Art Deco architecture, currently being refurbished,
Municipal centre, Lower Hutt, NZ by Joe Lewit, on Flickr

175. Another place of interest is the Stansborough Woollen Mills where they have early 20th century looms in perfect working order, and make wonderful traditional woollen fabrics that were used for the Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit movie costumes.
Costumes for the Hobbit by Joe Lewit, on Flickr

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Antique weaving loom by Joe Lewit, on Flickr

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Woven wool fabrics by Joe Lewit, on Flickr

And that's all folks. Thanks for viewing, and for the comments and feedback. Much appreciated.

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