On the way to Mount Ruapehu we came across a beautiful forest scenery. It a nice, bright day and the sunlight has highlighted the ever-present lichen on the trees. It gave the scene an ethereal atmosphere.
We had few hours spare in Auckland before our flight back to Australia. Not enough for a trip to one of the many attractions Auckland has to offer, but too many to sit in the airport and wait. We decided to visit the Auckland Botanic Gardens, and we were pleasantly surprised.