Pohutukawa; New Zealand's native 'Christmas tree'.  The red flowers usually are best late December - at Christmas - but can be seen late November through to mid January.  Many to be seen on the North Island's many coastly regions.

New Zealand's native 'Christmas tree'. The red flowers usually are best late December - at Christmas - but can be seen late November through to mid January. Many to be seen on the North Island's many coastly regions.

Waipu Cove, an hour and a half north from Auckland's CBD.  Beautiful white sandy surf beach.  North Island, New Zealand.

Waipu Cove, an hour and a half north from Auckland's CBD. North Island, New Zealand.

Lupins at Lake Tekapo around Christmas time, New Zealand

International Garden Photographer of the Year Wildflower Landscapes category, Commended- Chris Gin, 'Lupin Delight Lupins growing wild at Lake Tekapo, Canterbury, New Zealand.

The Duchess of Cambridge visits Aldershot Barracks on St Patrick's Day wearing a dress designed by New Zealand born designer Emilia Wickstead

Catherine, The Duchess of Cambridge, (Kate Middleton) presents shamrocks to the Irish Guards at the Regiments' St Patrick's Day Parade at Mons Barracks on Saturday March in Aldershot, England

Mount Maunganui, Tauranga, situated on the east coast (a 3 hour drive from Auckland CBD), North Island, New Zealand

Mount Maunganui, Tauranga, I lived in the populated area beyond the Mount.Miss that sight

The Duchess of Cambridge (left) in her Kiwi-designed (Emilia Wickstead), rose coloured dress, pictured with the Duchess of Cornwall.  Nice hats too btw!

Duchess Kate of Cambridge (left) in her Kiwi-designed (Emilia Wickstead), rose coloured dress, pictured with the Duchess of Cornwall. Nice hats too btw!

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