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Kia Ora ! Hello everybody ! My name is Michaël HOEN, I'm born in 1973, I live in northeastern France in Coussey (near Joan of Arc's birthplace), I'm married with Laure, and we decided to travel throughout New Zealand during 4 too short weeks in 2007, between march 12th and april 7th. It was in fact just the beginning of our love story with Aotearoa ... Our most special and precious(ssss) bond with this beautiful country is our daughter Amandine (we came in NZ just the 2 of us, and we were 3 to go back to France !). My only dream : to come back here in a few years, with her !!! Haere Mai ! All visitors (and comments) are friendly welcome on my gallery !

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Hello George ! Thanks for your visit and your comment, both much appreciated !! Greetings from France, Michael

Wonderful picture of a beautiful church, sadly almost all gone now. Thanks for sharing...

Hi Michael

indeed, it is magic forest.

Best wishes, Tom

Buna ziua Crina Vă mulţumesc foarte mult pentru comentariul dumneavoastră şi pentru votul dvs. Greetings from France, Michael

Will I travel in NZ again? Most definitely, Michael. It is the perfect place for us, and there is plenty of family there as well, and other opportunities that we enjoy.


Oh yes, NZ wheather is harsh sometimes ! It must be one of the reason people can give you a warm welcome. I also noticed that New Zealanders are very open, they easily talk with you and welcome you. When you leave them, they wave you good bye with a nice "Take care !", and so on. I agree with you, we do not have this sense of hospitality and welcome here in Europe, and especially in France, while my country is visited by many foreign tourists. Sad but true... I remember a conversation about rugby, during about 10 minutes, with an old farmer near East Cape while his cows were crossing the road to another paddock. People seem to be pretty cool here. Michael

At this time, we had a poor 3 MPixel Canon compact digital camera, and a Canon EOS film Camera. We now have replaced the compact one by a Canon EOS 450D and still have the EOS film camera (but don't use it much...) Such a trip to New Zealand with such a poor camera is one of my biggest regrets ! It'll be better next time ! It would be funny to have met you on the road without knowing it, you on your bicycle and we in our Maui campervan (registration number DQE419 ;o)). Who knows ? Kindest regards, Michael

My dear Tomas, if you have not yet been in this area, it should be for your next visit. It is a secluded, but splendid area, with great vistas (mountains, lakes, plains, etc.). Even for someone who is not a LOTR addict ! I also enjoyed Lake Coleridge area a lot, and you have made beautiful photos in this area ! Michael

You are right Tomas, it looks like Fangorn forest ;o) Jane Campion's movie 'The Piano' allows us, I guess, to imagine what was the life of those pioneers ! Cheers, Michael

Yes, this (all) black sand was a very stunning experience to me, before that of Karekare.



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