New Zealand

NZ Xmas

One of my wife’s shots from Auckland, New Zealand. On the corner of two great streets in Auckland, Queen Street (the main street of Auckland) and Victoria Street.

NZ Xmas


Whitcoulls is a type of book store, a bit like WH Smiths here in the UK, In fact I think WH Smiths now own them.


The Arms of Sir Edmund Hillary.




My wife shot this in a church in Auckland, a truly great man.

Sir Edmund Percival Hillary KG ONZ KBE (20 July 1919 – 11 January 2008) was a New Zealand mountaineer, explorer and philanthropist. On 29 May 1953, Hillary and Nepalese Sherpa mountaineer Tenzing Norgay became the first climbersconfirmed as having reached the summit of Mount Everest. They were part of the ninth British expedition to Everest, led by John Hunt. Hillary was named by Time magazine as one of the 100 most influential people of the 20th century.

Hillary became interested in mountaineering while in secondary school, making his first major climb in 1939, reaching the summit of Mount Ollivier. He served in the Royal New Zealand Air Force as a navigator during World War II. Prior to the 1953 Everest expedition, Hillary had been part of the British reconnaissance expedition to the mountain in 1951, as well as an unsuccessful attempt to climb Cho Oyu in 1952. As part of the Commonwealth Trans-Antarctic Expedition he reached theSouth Pole overland in 1958. Subsequently, he also travelled to the North Pole.

Following his ascent of Everest, Hillary devoted most of his life to helping the Sherpa people of Nepal through the Himalayan Trust, which he founded. Through his efforts, many schools and hospitals were built in Nepal.

Has anyone seen a 2 Billion pixel photo of Mt Everest, click here make sure you zoom in and out, check out the base camp and also an upper camp and even people ascending Everest.

8 comments on “NZ Xmas

  1. Grat story and cool pics! How did you get snow to fall on your blog? Very cool!


  2. I’ve just been reading about Cho Oyu, Hillary was indeed a remarkable man. I didn’t know he had his own coat of arms. That photo of Everest is superb!


  3. That is one big Santa. Cool shot Mark. Have a great New Year


  4. You would make a great teacher.


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