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Nov. 30th, 2012

Best things about New Zealand so far:
Fruit for breakfast, fresh, NZ grown, kiwifruit, strawberries, melon, grapes, apples, citrus, all in November
Mountains, snowed capped, spikey, isolated, in ranges, bare rock, covered in trees, covered in bush
Tree ferns, especially the slender, taller ones
Mosses and lichens of varied forms and sizes and greens and browns
Alpine flowers
Longer days!

Also:
New birds and trees
Seeing plants like pittosporum and phormium (NZ flax) in their native habitat
Rain, annoying when we want to go out, amazing in Milford Sound, supporting wonderful rain forests
Friendly people, good to excellent B&Bs
Food mostly very good, almost always GF options (and the chance to go elsewhere when there isn't)

Worst thing:
Sand flies!