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Travel in this crazy world we live in is for many of us, a fond memory. But not everyone is locked down, or at least not in their imagination.

These slide shows were sent to POHOS by a Polish Gentleman who is using the internet to explore the New Zealand, all from his home in Poland.

Translations with thanks to “Google Translate”

Excerpts from Stefans first letter ;-

Throughout NZ there are interesting museums and open-air museums, most often under the banner of “HERITAGE PARK” or “HERITAGE CENTER”, such as the Omaka Aviation Heritage in Blenheim. They, I think, arouse less interest among tourists. I am interested in very much, like the history of the NZ.

I’m sure Ewa would forward Stefans email address to any who wished to share images of Otago with him   ….. webmaster

The Taieri River

Fortunately, this spring I went virtually to Dunedin and Otago and I started exploring these places. The deeper, the more interesting. A dozen days ago I found a high school student from Dunedin, who, accompanied by her colleagues and a guide, climbed the Rock & Pillar Range on the road from Middlemarch. The relationship was full of emotion and pride 1000-metre approach (actually, according to the map, approx. 1200 m difference in height). I realized that the Dunedin area in radius ± 100 km is a land I dreamed of in my youth, when fascinated by hiking in the mountains (Tatram mountains, Giant Mountains, Bieszczady Mountains, Beskydy Mountains) I had dreams in which there were mountains ± 1500 m above sea level.m, close enough for weekend trips. Szczecin although it lies on hills that exceed the city limits 100 m above sea level.m the southern borders of the city lie picturesque Beech Mountains exceeding 130 m above sea level.m, but this is definitely not enough.

The slides are devoted to the uniqueness of the Taieri River, and all its meandering. The Taieri I know only from maps & photos I have not found. In their place in the show I put beautiful meanders of rivers in Poland. Maybe it will interest compatriots in Otago. I have this hope, judging by the subject of some of the photos sent on the spring exhibition organised by POHOS –

I do not hide that I also hope for a rematch of compatriots on (almost) antipodes – a rematch in the form of photos of the River Taieri, R&PR, as well as Taieri plain (between Mosgiel and Waihola), which is likely to be resembles The Vistula Żuławy. I would then rematch the show Taieri plain with Vistula Zuław.

I cordially greet you and your colleagues.



Milford Sound

Dear Mrs. Ewa,

the heat in Szczecin is still ongoing, but I still got a closer look at the materials under the links that you sent me. The fact that I found my “Taieri River” there made me very pleasant, of course, but that’s not the most important thing. Finally, I hope, I have made myself look at how the work of POHOS looks like and I have made myself aware of the enormity of your selves, especially now, in the run-up to the 150th anniversary of the arrival of the first Compatriots in the NZ. That’s why I thought that I should not further cut off correspondence with me, especially correspondence regarding mine, let’s call it “working”, contacts with POHOS. My suggestion is this: I will search for pictures of interesting objects in Poland and pictures of similar objects in NZ and compile them using a short series of slides in JPG, described in English – for possible use on FaceBook, Poles Down South. For example, I already have some materials to list: Bieszczady- Kepler Track (Te Anau region). I hope that this will interest dear compatriots in the (almost) Antipodes. That the description must be in English – it’s a little sad necessity. It is probably not only Poles in exile who are already losing their native language in the second generation. And maybe correspondence with me in English would be taken by Ms. Bo¿ena (how beautiful Polish name; my sister wears them as a second) Haug – Warsaw woman in the fourth generation? I would like to point out that I advise you to do it with English. In speech – not really.
For the rehearsal I connect eight, described in English, slide under the title “What would Adam Mickiewicz write if he visited New Zealand?”.

With heartfelt wishes for you and the whole POHOS Team.

 A Virtual Tour with Stefan

Our Polish friend Stefan has sent us another virtual tour of Otago…… enjoy

Please note. Goldfinches are a European bird. Not a New Zealand Native… webmaster