Te Ika a Maui - borrowed from Maori mythology, but not without cause or connection.
As a child I was taught the tale of the Maori demigod Maui who, while standing in his canoe - Te Waka a Maui - caught a great fish - the North Island, Te Ika a Maui.
To me, the South Island, Te Waka a Maui, has always been remote and somewhat inaccessible. But, blessed by the offer of my cousin's camper, in 2008 we went there. Of necessity we had to drive through the North Island to get there - and although we have travelled in the North Isand many times before, this time we were able to visit new places, particularly the Wairarapa, that we had never previously visited.
This is the North Island part of our journey - on our way south, then, after a wonderful South Island trip, hurrying back north. We could not resist a last lingering look at the wonderful maori carvings on display in the Auckland Museum.
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On our way south, heading for the Cook Strait ferry...
And then hurrying back north, not making many stops…