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Endangered Birds of Tiritiri Matangi

NEW ZEALAND | Sunday, 16 Feb 2020 | By graynomadsusa | Views [24]

FULLERS 360 FERRY LEFT THE DOCK AT 9:00 “en punto” for the 75-minute trip out to Tiritiri Matangi Island.  An hour and a quarter doesn’t seem long on dry land but when the ferry starts pitching and rolling, time seems to slow ... Read more >


Muriwai Gannet Colony

NEW ZEALAND | Saturday, 15 Feb 2020 | By graynomadsusa | Views [17]

WE WERE IMPRESSED WITH THE MURIWAI GANNET COLONY in 2005 when we were fledgling birders and we were just as impressed on Saturday.  Hundreds of gannets who call Muriwai home covered the cliffs and the tops of two sea stacks just offshore while ... Read more >


Photos: North Island

NEW ZEALAND | Saturday, 15 Feb 2020 | By graynomadsusa | Photo Gallery


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Auckland Forecast: Hardly Sunny

NEW ZEALAND | Friday, 14 Feb 2020 | By graynomadsusa | Views [21]

BARELY A DAY HAS PASSED AND THE CRUISE seems a distant memory.  We hopped on the airport bus, picked up our shiny black Suzuki Swift and went in search of Sunny Holiday House, only about 10K from the harbor.  We waited out the three hours ... Read more >


Cruise Recap: Don't Mess With Mother Nature!

NEW ZEALAND | Thursday, 13 Feb 2020 | By graynomadsusa | Views [37]

NEW ZEALAND IS SURELY ONE OF GOD’S BETTER EFFORTS.  While the country is always beautiful, if the sun is shining New Zealand can be freakin’ spectacular.  When a 20 th Century edition of Lonely Planet from our first visit ... Read more >


A Rare Visit to Stewart Island on Waitangi Day

NEW ZEALAND | Friday, 7 Feb 2020 | By graynomadsusa | Views [32]

A FRIEND COMPLAINED AFTER TAKING THE SAME NOORDAM CRUISE (in reverse) that he didn’t get to see enough of New Zealand.  Lack of time is my major gripe with cruises in general — that and the fact that ports, like railroad stations, seldom ... Read more >


Sydney to Tassie

AUSTRALIA | Monday, 3 Feb 2020 | By graynomadsusa | Views [24]

THIRTY-KNOT WINDS WHIPPED SPUME from the waves — White Horses the English call them — and forced Noordam into a port-side list.  Luckily, the swells were moderate so the rockin’ and rollin’ was minimal as we cruised through ... Read more >


Photos: Cruising from Sydney to Auckland

NEW ZEALAND | Saturday, 1 Feb 2020 | By graynomadsusa | Photo Gallery


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Wash rinse, repeat

MOROCCO | Friday, 31 Jan 2020 | By mitann | Views [48]

We were in no hurry to get up and out. After spending a bit of time in one spot you often get bored and tired of it. This is the point when true vacation relaxation sets in. You feel compelled to do something, but it can often feel monotonous. As we ... Read more >


Photos: Wash rinse, repeat

MOROCCO | Friday, 31 Jan 2020 | By mitann | Photo Gallery


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