Snapshots from New Zealand

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We have one week left here, on the other side of the world. We’ve been here a week and a half already, and I feel so incredibly blessed to have been able to come back here, and to be able to visit these places.


It’s been a week since I last posted (gulp!), but I’ve been sharing lots of pictures on Facebook and Instagram, and now I’m going to share more with you!


The beginning of the week we spent mostly walking down to the beach, getting ice cream, and picking up shells–ordinary, every-day amazed Nebraskans wandering around New Zealand things. But at the end of the week, we took a couple roadtrips, to Middle-Earth and Narnia–and of course just New Zealand.

One of my best friends coined this the "Mrs. Miller pose", or the "Mom pose". It continues by that name still.
One of my best friends coined this the “Mrs. Miller pose”, or the “Mom pose”. It continues by that name still.

I’m afraid you only get glimpses of our adventures today, my friends, because there’s too many and too much to tell in one post. But I promise long photo-filled posts about Hobbiton, et al, soon. Soon-ish, anyway. 😉

Samwise Gamgee's house!
Samwise Gamgee’s house!

After spending the afternoon in Hobbiton, we visited the tallest waterfall on the North Island, and took a hike to the look-out point, not daring to go to the top thanks to it being close to dark.



The next day we went to the beach near the Mount and picked up shells, found treasures, played in the water, took walks, had gelato, and took lots and lots of pictures. Unfortunately, when I was downloading my pictures onto the computer, they somehow got deleted. Every. Single. One. Luckily, I was able to steal some of Mum’s.


And then the day after that we took another trip, this time to a few of special beaches a couple hours away–one beach that, at low tide, hot water comes up through the sand like a sauna, some parts being too hot to touch. Another was just a beach to have fun playing and picking up yet more shells; the third was this:




Those are the (glimpses of the) adventures of this temporarily transplanted Nebraskan from the last week! Soon I shall bore you with more pictures and stories and actual details of the adventures, but for now, adieu!


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