Aotearoa: Turakina

The Turakina valley road in the North Island of New Zealand takes you along rural farms, tranquil lakes, lonely roads, hidden waterfalls, derelict buildings, and snow-capped mountains.

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No, this isn’t One Tree Hill but it is the only tree on this hill.
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There are more sheep than people in New Zealand, with the ratio at about six per person in 20015. Baaa!!!

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A narcissistic tree looks at its reflection in water.
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tranquil lakes

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lonely roads

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hidden waterfalls
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I love how the bent branches of this tree give this photo an eerie look.

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Derelict buildings and trucks can be photogenic.
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Mount Ruapehu is the largest active volcano in New Zealand and is the highest point in the North Island. Here it is with clouds obscuring the top.

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We’re in the southern hemisphere, so snow and Christmas trees in June aren’t unusual.

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Winter sunsets in New Zealand can be dramatic.

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