Friends found it odd that the first place I wanted to visit in New Zealand was a public toilet. But this wasn't any old toilet, this was a Hundertwasser toilet. The Viennese artist chose to retire in Kawakawa in the north island and he repaid his adopted hometown by designing their public toilets on the main road.
I never did see a kiwi in New Zealand,
though goodness knows I tried in several places. Fortunately, I
did manage to bag this rare and kooky New Zealand bird, the
Takahe. Something like half of the world's population of this
bird lives in this wildlife refuge in Te Anau (south island).
This postcard-like picture of
the Milford Sound remains one of the most awe inspiring images in the
southern hemisphere. Mitre Peak in the centre is the highest peak
rising straight out of the water in the world. A boat ride
through these fjords on the west coast of the South island cannot be
missed on a visit to New Zealand. It's one of those rare places
in the world, like Fitzroy or Iguazu or Mt St-Michel or Monument
Valley, where there's really nothing to compare it with.