Westland road trip: a deep green journey

Low-slung clouds obscure the landscape and as we drive closer, it turns to rain, veiling the steeply rising hills.


Ōkārito Lagoon. © Stewart Watson

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Rotorua announces itself to the nose at quite a distance.


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