A meeting place for the Matters family

Matters Family Website

A meeting place for the Matters family

New Zealand cruise, 2015/2016

A map of our cruise on the Golden Princess

Melbourne city skyline

Melbourne city skyline

Melbourne city skyline

Station Pier, Port Melbourne

Entering Bass Strait

Flower arranging demonstration

Golden Princess top decks

Horizon Court buffet dining

Neptune pool and spa

Calypso pool and spa

Christmas decorations in the Atrium

Our cabin C256 on Deck 10

Entering Auckland Harbour

Auckland wharves and skyline

Auckland wharves

Auckland wharves and skyline

Two cruise ships in Auckland harbour

Auckland skyline

Auckland skyline

Parnell village street scene

Sunken Wintergarden, Auckland Domain

Waterlillies, Wintergarden, Auckland Domain

Wintergarden, Auckland Domain

Orchids in glasshouse, Auckland Domain

Jack fruit in glasshouse, Auckland Domain

Floral display in glasshouse, Auckland Domain

Floral display in glasshouse, Auckland Domain

Painted Tongue floral display in glasshouse, Auckland Domain

One Tree Hill and farm animals, Auckland

Bastion Point memorial gardens, Auckland

Bastion Point memorial gardens, Auckland

Pohutukawa - NZ Christmas tree, Bastion Point, Auckland

Pohutukawa - NZ Christmas tree, Bastion Point, Auckland

Flying animal kites, Bastion Point, Auckland

Auckland wharves silent on Christmas Day

'Voyager of the Seas' departing Auckland

Auckland skyline as we leave

Naval vessels, Stanley Point, Auckland

North shore Auckland

Auckland wharves as we leave

Auckland Harbour Bridge

Devonport, Auckland

Earling morning, 'The Mount', Mount Maunganui

Tauranga harbour

Tauranga harbour

'The Mount', Mount Maunganui

Elms Mission Station, Tauranga

Library, Elms Mission Station, Tauranga

Chapel and bell, Elms Mission Station, Tauranga

Chapel, Elms Mission Station, Tauranga

Workshop, Elms Mission Station, Tauranga

House, Elms Mission Station, Tauranga

Blue Bedroom inside house, Elms Mission Station, Tauranga

Dining room inside house, Elms Mission Station, Tauranga

Drawing room inside house, Elms Mission Station, Tauranga

Elms Mission Station, Tauranga

Elms Mission Station, Tauranga

Elms Mission Station, Tauranga

Countryside near Tauranga

Kiwi 360, kiwi fruit orchard

Kiwi 360

Kiwi 360

Kiwi 360

Grafted golden kiwi fruit, Kiwi 360

Wind turbine to prevent frost settling, and wind-break, Kiwi 360

Kiwi 360

Cryptomeria cypress hedge, Kiwi 360

Leaving Tauranga

Mount Maunganui, Tauranga

Leaving Tauranga

Leaving Tauranga

Entering the Bay of Plenty

Volcanic White Island in the Bay of Plenty

Volcanic White Island in the Bay of Plenty

Our only photo of Gisborne, as it was too rough to go ashore in the tenders!

Wellington Harbour

Wellington Harbour

Wellington Harbour

Wellington Harbour

Wellington Harbour and skyline

Wellington Harbour and skyline

Wellington Harbour and skyline

Wellington Harbour and skyline

The ship's wake in Wellington Harbour

InterIsland Ferry

Wellington Harbour and skyline

Wellington skyline

Timber ready to be shipped and Westpac Stadium, Wellington

Timber ready to be shipped, Wellington

Wellington Town Hall

Impressive steps behind the Town Hall, Wellington

Wellington Central Library

Sculptures above the harbour, Wellington

Sculptures above the harbour, Wellington

Sculptures above the harbour, Wellington

Harbour foreshore buildings, Wellington

Harbour foreshore, Wellington

Harbour foreshore, Wellington

Beehive executive wing, Parliament buildings, Wellington

Parliament House and Parliamentary Library, Wellington

Parliamentary Library, Wellington

Richard John Seddon, New Zealands' longest-serving Prime Minister

Richard John Seddon, New Zealands' longest-serving Prime Minister

St Pauls Anglican Cathedral Wellington

Old St Pauls, Wellington

Old St Pauls, Wellington

Old St Pauls, Wellington

Old St Pauls, Wellington

Old St Pauls, Wellington

Houses in the hilly suburbs of Wellington

Lady Norwood Rose Garden, Wellington Botanic Gardens

Lady Norwood Rose Garden, Wellington Botanic Gardens

Lady Norwood Rose Garden, Wellington Botanic Gardens

Beautiful roses in the Lady Norwood Rose Garden, Wellington Botanic Gardens

Glass house display, Wellington Botanic Gardens

View of Wellington and harbour from the top station of the Cable Car

View of Wellington from the top station of the Cable Car

Wellington Cable Car arriving at the top station

Cable Car Lane at Lambton Quay, Wellington

Long queue in Cable Car Lane, Wellington - with at least an hour to wait!

The main shopping street, Lambton Quay, Wellington

Harbourside beach, Wellington

The Golden Princess across the harbour, Wellington

City and harbour views from the top of Mt Victoria, Wellington

Airport, harbour and distant ocean views from the top of Mt Victoria, Wellington

'Te Papa', Wellington - The Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa, from Mt Victoria

Totem pole, Mt Victoria, Wellington

Houses, with great views, perched on the side of Mt Victoria, Wellington

Cable cars are needed to get to houses perched on steep hills, Wellington

These steps stretching up the hill form McIntyre Avenue, Mt Victoria, Wellington

'Te Papa', Wellington - The Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa

Exhibits in 'Te Papa', Wellington

Exhibits in 'Te Papa', Wellington

A long 'waka' or canoe in 'Te Papa', Wellington

Wellington Harbour

Wellington Harbour

Wellington Harbour

Leaving Wellington Harbour

Leaving Wellington Harbour

Early morning, Akaroa Harbour

Early morning, Akaroa Harbour

Early morning, Akaroa Harbour

Early morning, Akaroa Harbour

Early morning, Akaroa Harbour

Early morning, Akaroa Harbour

Tender boats preparing to take passengers ashore at Akaroa

Dolphin Watching boat in Akaroa Harbour

Entrance to Akaroa Harbour

Akaroa village from the wharf

Akaroa village from the wharf

Souvenir shops on the wharf, Akaroa

Timber houses and pretty gardens, Akaroa village

Pohutukawa - NZ Christmas tree, used as a street tree in Akaroa village

Street scene in Akaroa village

Two cruise ships at anchor in Akaroa Harbour

Akaroa War Memorial, damaged in the 2011 earthquake and now repaired

Christchurch City Council building in Akaroa still closed awaiting repair following the 2011 earthquake

St Peters Anglican Church Akaroa

St Peters Anglican Church Akaroa

Colourful timber house and garden, Akaroa

Potters Croft Garden, Akaroa

Potters Croft Garden, Akaroa

Potters Croft Garden, Akaroa

French artist sculpture, Akaroa

Long queue at The Akaroa Fish & Chip Shop

Different light in the late afternoon, leaving Akaroa Harbour

Different light in the late afternoon, leaving Akaroa Harbour

Weathered volcanic landscape of Banks Peninsula

Weathered volcanic landscape of Banks Peninsula

Weathered volcanic landscape of Banks Peninsula

Early morning entering Otago Harbour - Royal Albatross Centre at top of hill

Very cloudy morning in Otago Harbour

Container vessel, Port Chalmers

Golden Princess alongside container wharf, Port Chalmers

Container wharf, Port Chalmers

Golden Princess from lookout above Port Chalmers

Port Chalmers township nestles into the hillside alongside container wharf,

Farming country, Otago Harbour

Baldwin Street Dunedin, the steepest street in the world

Otago Harbour and Dunedin

Otago Harbour and Dunedin

Monument dedicated to the memory of Dunedin's pioneers

Cold and windy above Otago Harbour and Dunedin

Otago University Dunedin

Dunedin Railway Station

Dunedin Railway Station, claimed to be New Zealand's most photographed building

Dunedin Railway Station

Dunedin Railway Station

Dunedin Railway Station

Dunedin Railway Station

The long platform, Dunedin Railway Station

Dunedin Law Courts, opposite the Railway Station

Dunedin Chinese Gardens

First Presbyterian Church, Dunedin

First Presbyterian Church, Dunedin

First Presbyterian Church, Dunedin

First Presbyterian Church, Dunedin

First Presbyterian Church, Dunedin

Tapestry, First Presbyterian Church, Dunedin

St Pauls Anglican Cathedral, Dunedin

St Joseph's Roman Catholic Cathedral, Dunedin

Speight's Brewery, Dunedin

No Entry - No Exit, St Clair beach, Dunedin

St Clair beach, Dunedin

St Clair hot salt water pool, Dunedin

Grand old tree in park, Dunedin

Otago Boys High School, Dunedin

Golden Princess towering over container wharf, Port Chalmers

Golden Princess, Port Chalmers

Model of HMS Endeavour, Port Chalmers Maritime Museum

Port Chalmers shopping street, with Golden Princess at wharf

Container wharf, Port Chalmers

Container wharf, Port Chalmers

Piping farewell, Port Chalmers

Leaving Port Chalmers

Hills above Otago Harbour

People stopping their cars to watch the ship and wave good-bye

The Pilot boat coming alongside to pick up pilot

Aramoana Beach and Spit, at the entrance to Otago Harbour

Aramoana Beach and Spit

The Mole, a long breakwater stretching out from Aramoana Beach into Otago Harbour entrance

Looking back towards Otago Harbour entrance

Map of South West corner of South Island of New Zealand, including Fiordland National Park

A beautiful clear blue sky day for Fiordland cruising

Entrance to Dusky Sound

Entrance to Dusky Sound

Entrance to Dusky Sound

Dusky Sound, Resolution Island on left

Resolution Island

Resolution Island, Breaksea Sound

Resolution Island, Breaksea Sound

Breaksea Sound

High peaks of Resolution Island

High peaks of Resolution Island, the 'tops' bare of trees

Looking for seals on the rocks - alas, none found here

Breaksea Sound

Resolution Island, Breaksea Sound

Sports Deck 16

The view's too good to play chess today!

Terrace Pool, Deck 12, looking from Deck 16

Hot Tub, Sports Deck 16

Wheelhouse Bar, Deck 7

Wheelhouse Bar

Sabatini's Italian speciality restaurant

Entrance to Sabatini's

New Year's Eve preparations

New Year's Eve preparations

New Year's Eve preparations

Looking along the coast north from Doubtful Sound

Looking along the coast north from Doubtful Sound

Looking along the coast north from Doubtful Sound

Looking along the coast north from Doubtful Sound

Approaching the entrance to Doubtful Sound

Entrance to Doubtful Sound

Entrance to Doubtful Sound

Entrance to Doubtful Sound

Entrance to Doubtful Sound

Doubtful Sound

Sailing close to land

Doubtful Sound

Doubtful Sound

Entering Doubtful Sound

Doubtful Sound

Doubtful Sound

Doubtful Sound

Doubtful Sound

Doubtful Sound

Doubtful Sound

Doubtful Sound

Doubtful Sound

Doubtful Sound, Secretary Island on left

Secretary Island, Thompson Sound

Turning around Secretary Island, from Doubtful Sound into Thompson Sound

Watching the passing views

Thompson Sound, Secretary Island in foreground

Secretary Island, Thompson Sound

Secretary Island, Thompson Sound

Secretary Island, Thompson Sound

Secretary Island, Thompson Sound

Secretary Island, Thompson Sound

Secretary Island, Thompson Sound

Secretary Island, Thompson Sound

Secretary Island, Thompson Sound

Secretary Island, Thompson Sound

Secretary Island, Thompson Sound

Leaving Thompson Sound

I think this must be the entrance to Caswell Sound

I think this must be the entrance to Caswell Sound

Looking south along the coast towards Caswell Sound

Approaching Milford Sound, looking north along the coast

Approaching Milford Sound, looking north along the coast

Approaching Milford Sound

Approaching Milford Sound

Milford Sound entrance

Approaching Milford Sound

Milford Sound entrance

Milford Sound entrance

Approaching Milford Sound

Entering Milford Sound

Entering Milford Sound

Looking back towards entrance to Milford Sound

Towering cliffs and mountain peaks of Milford Sound

Towering cliffs and mountain peaks of Milford Sound

Towering cliffs and waterfalls of Milford Sound

Towering cliffs and waterfalls of Milford Sound

Towering cliffs and waterfalls of Milford Sound

Rugged cliffs of Milford Sound

Rugged cliffs of Milford Sound

Rugged cliffs of Milford Sound

Towering cliffs and waterfalls of Milford Sound

Towering cliffs and waterfalls of Milford Sound

Towering cliffs and waterfalls of Milford Sound

Look over there!

A light aircraft above the peaks of Milford Sound

Towering cliffs and waterfalls of Milford Sound

Towering cliffs, waterfalls and snow-capped peaks of Milford Sound

The small settlement at Milford Sound dwarfed by the rugged mountains

Spectacular mountains of Milford Sound

Spectacular mountains of Milford Sound

Spectacular views of Milford Sound

Spectacular views of Milford Sound

A light plane between the mountains of Milford Sound

An interesting sailing boat on Milford Sound

Medical evacuations by tender, then air, from Milford Sound

The tender, with medical evacuees, on Milford Sound

Sight-seeing boat and cruise passengers watching the medical evacuations from Milford Sound

Cruise boats dwarfed by the waterfall and mountains of Milford Sound

Cruise boat bringing passengers who had travelled overland from Dunedin to Milford Sound

Mitre Peak, Milford Sound

Late afternoon shadows, Milford Sound

Retracing our path through Milford Sound

Retracing our path through Milford Sound

Retracing our path through Milford Sound

Trees clinging to the rugged cliffs of Milford Sound

Leaving Milford Sound behind

Our cabin and balcony on the Golden Princess

Cooking demonstration by the Head Chef and assistant Chef

Watermelon sculpture in the galley

Sculpture on display in the galley

Towel folding demonstration in the Atrium

Towel folding demonstration in the Atrium

Approaching Melbourne

West Gate Bridge, Melbourne

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