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Trip: New Zealand

There are [18] stories from my trip: New Zealand

Day 30 and 31 - Christchurch and Akaroa

NEW ZEALAND | Sunday, 28 Nov 2010 | Views [622] | Comments [2]

Christchurch to Auckland Arrived Christchurch after a nice drive through the valley. Our B&B is on top of ‘Cashmere” which is one of the hills surrounding the city. Linda greeted us, very nice, I think Vinnie was “keen” on her – another one of his ... Read more >

Day 28 and 29 - Heli-Hike on Fox Glacier

NEW ZEALAND | Friday, 26 Nov 2010 | Views [1473]

We left Wanaka and drove north over the Haast Pass toward Fox Glacier and Fanz Josef Glacier.  On the way, we stopped at a couple of scenic spots in the Mt. Aspiring National Park.  We spent the night at a small hotel near Fox Glacier, concerned about ... Read more >

Day 26 and 27 - Wanaka

NEW ZEALAND | Wednesday, 24 Nov 2010 | Views [604] | Comments [3]

These two days were very relaxing, starting with a drive from Te Anau north to the high plateua town of Wanaka, on the shore of Lake Wanaka.  On the way, we stopped at Arrowtown, and saw the preserved remains of a 19th Century Chinese town occupied by ... Read more >

Day 24 and 25 - Milford Sound and Doubtful Sound

NEW ZEALAND | Tuesday, 23 Nov 2010 | Views [868] | Comments [2]

Had a great weekend in Milford Sound and Doubtful Sound. Spent the day Saturday on a kayak.   The water was clear, the mountains lifted straight up out of the water and the greenery hung over us giving a surreal atmosphere.   It had rained for several ... Read more >

Day 23 - Isingard, Boromir, and Pip

NEW ZEALAND | Friday, 19 Nov 2010 | Views [597]

The next morning, we jumped into a different van and headed back up to Glenorchy to ride horses all day.  The weather was much clearer and dry, and the scenery was positively spectacular.  Our first ride was for about three hours, around the wide alluvial ... Read more >

Day 20 thru 22 - Queenstown and Funyaks

NEW ZEALAND | Thursday, 18 Nov 2010 | Views [624] | Comments [1]

First, we enjoyed a leisurely day of driving from the Mount Cook area to Queenstown.  We had coffee a couple of times on the way, bought a possum and sheep wool hat, and some fresh salmon at a farm.  The scenery just got prettier and prettier as we approached ... Read more >

Day 18 and 19 - Mount Cook, an Argo, and a Glacier

NEW ZEALAND | Tuesday, 16 Nov 2010 | Views [768] | Comments [3]

On the way to Mount Cook, we began to see spectacular views of the New Zealand alpine areas, which were used as the scenery for Middle Earth in the Lord of the Rings trilogy movies.   We drove several miles up a dirt road into a gorgeous river valley ... Read more >

Day 16 and 17 - Kaiteriteri to Staveley

NEW ZEALAND | Sunday, 14 Nov 2010 | Views [594] | Comments [2]

We left Kaiteriteri in the Abel Tasman National park (on the northwest coast of the South Island) and headed east back to the Pacific coast.   On the way, we drove through a couple of river valleys that must have thousands of acres of huge vineyards—much ... Read more >

Day 14 and 15 - Picton to Abel Tasman

NEW ZEALAND | Friday, 12 Nov 2010 | Views [553] | Comments [1]

Well…the car retrieval in Picton did not go as smoothly as we would have liked.   It seems that the Wellington rental car folks never bothered shipping the car.   We arrived at the wharf in Picton around 4:30 pm after having walked about 12 miles ... Read more >

Day 10 thru 13 - Walking the Queen Charlotte Track

NEW ZEALAND | Tuesday, 9 Nov 2010 | Views [774] | Comments [6]

On Sunday morning, we flew in a small 10-seater from Wellington on the North Island, to Picton on the South Island.  From Picton, we took a water taxi to our walking start point, at Ship's Cove near the mouth of Queen Charlotte's Sound.  Captain Cook ... Read more >

Day 8 and 9 - Bridge to Nowhere, Whanganui River

NEW ZEALAND | Saturday, 6 Nov 2010 | Views [618] | Comments [2]

Woke up to a rainy day in Tongariro and drove about 84 K to Pipiriki.   We caught the jet boat and drove up the Whanganui river for about 2 hours to the Bridge to Nowhere.    It was a very scenic boat ride with rising cliffs on either side of the river.... Read more >

Day 7 - A Walk under Mount Doom

NEW ZEALAND | Thursday, 4 Nov 2010 | Views [748] | Comments [2]

We were supposed to do the Tangariro Alpine crossing which consisted of walking over the top of three mountain tops, but due to the weather we had to adjust our plan.   The snow was down to 1200 meters and we didn’t want to have to fool with any extreme ... Read more >

Day 6 - Geo-Thermal Mud and Tongariro National Park

NEW ZEALAND | Wednesday, 3 Nov 2010 | Views [526] | Comments [5]

Today we drove south from Rotorua to the Tongariro National Park.   On the way, we stopped at an area of intense geo-thermal activity called the Wai-O-Tapu Geothermal Preserve, an amazing landscape of pools, streams, and bubbling mud, all reeking ... Read more >

Day 5 - Volcanoes and Maoris

NEW ZEALAND | Tuesday, 2 Nov 2010 | Views [602]

We started the morning with breakfast in our room, then a 1.5 hour boat ride out to White Island, New Zealand’s only active marine volcano.   300 meters of the volcano is above sea level, and we took the dinghy ashore and walked around the floor of ... Read more >

Day 4 - Hahei to Whakatane

NEW ZEALAND | Monday, 1 Nov 2010 | Views [1050] | Comments [4]

We woke this morning with a fabulous view of the islands off of the coast of Hahei and the sun streaming in our window.   Breakfast was scrambled and bacon with toast, quite delicious, cooked in the microwave!   Amazing.   We left around 8:45 and ... Read more >

Day 3 - Cathedral Cove and Hot Water Beach

NEW ZEALAND | Sunday, 31 Oct 2010 | Views [5660] | Comments [2]

Our kayaking trip to Cathedral Cove was canceled last night due to expected high morning winds, so we changed our plans and planned on heading out early to enjoy the thermal pools at Hot Water Beach.   Low tide was at 7:00, and for two hours on ... Read more >

Photos: New Zealand 2010

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Day 1 and 2 - Auckland to Hahei, New Zealand

NEW ZEALAND | Saturday, 30 Oct 2010 | Views [717] | Comments [1]

We arrived in Auckland, after a total of 18 hours in flight and an 8 hour layover in Honolulu.   The airport and surrounding area is so new, nothing seems old so it is very different from most of the other countries we’ve been to.   Auckland is very ... Read more >