After landing in New Zealand, we spent several minutes becoming comfortable with driving on the left side of the road, then picked a winding mountain road to go explore in the rain. (Me? Scared?)
Some scenes of "Xena: Warrior Princes" were shot on the beach at Piha, on the west coast south of Auckland. We didn't see Xena, but Jennifer strikes a good pose.
My brother, Phil, wanted me to bring him back rocks. Here I am collecting black sand in a 35 mm film can.
Karakere is another beach near Piha. I collected another rock here, but not from this pile.
It looks like a loose slide of rocks and sand, but it's actually all rigid rock. I did find a loose rock on the beach nearby.