I've just returned from a holiday in New Zealand and I loved the beautiful scenery of the North Island. People say the south is prettier and certainly it's more dramatic landscape, but the north is just as beautiful in it's own way.
One of the things I love about it, is it seems so mystical, as if King Arthur could ride up on his horse at any time. The rolling green hills and secluded bays are often deserted and it's easy to imagine yourself going back in time (which as you know, is something dear to my heart).
Here's a picture of The Stone Store in Kerikeri. It was built by an Australian convict, William Parrott and was used to house wheat and mission supplies before being used as a kauri gum trading post.