Dolly Goolsby - AucklandKia Ora,

Hello, or welcome, to New Zealand. I hope you are ready to share this magnificent country with me. Unfortunately, for you, your experience will be what I hope I can convey through my writing, as well as the pictures that I am able to send along with the writing.

First, I want to say to you, I have been to New Zealand before…ten years ago, with this same company, Overseas Adventure Travel. Since that time, most of my travels have been in Europe, or Mexico, or Costa Rica. However, always in the back of my mind, was this running thought: I simply must see New Zealand again. I had found this country to be the greenest country I had ever visited. The rolling hills, the volcanos, now extinct, so therefore, green. I remember seeing the new lambs, frolicking about in the green fields, for this is springtime here in New Zealand, which is lambing season. Daffodils and calla lilies growing wild on the hillsides.

> Yesterday morning, after a very long plane ride (13 hours from Los Angeles), I arrived in Auckland. At the airport I was met by our group leader, Aaron. After going through Customs, I met 4 other group members, who had been on my flight. Aaron led us to a bus, we boarded and started on our way to downtown Auckland. Aaron, who is a New Zealander and very passionate about this country, decided we needed some exercise after our long flight. Therefore, he had our bus driver take us up to Mount Eden, a suburb of Auckland. We walked from the bus to the top of the mountain. From the viewpoint at the top, we could look down at the city, the 2 harbors.

By Dolly Goolsby – Full Story at Purple Roofs | Auckland Gay Travel Resources

This post originally appeared on the Purple Roofs Gay Travel Blog.

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