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Day 23 - Isingard, Boromir, and Pip

NEW ZEALAND | Friday, 19 Nov 2010 | Views [459]

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 [480] | 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 [582] | 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 [455] | 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 [423] | 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 [601] | 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 [473] | 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 [599] | 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 [412] | 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 [425]

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 [752] | 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 [4428] | 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

NEW ZEALAND | Saturday, 30 Oct 2010 | Photo Gallery

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Day 1 and 2 - Auckland to Hahei, New Zealand

NEW ZEALAND | Saturday, 30 Oct 2010 | Views [525] | 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 >

Day 8-11 - Kirkby Stephen to Gunnerside to Reeth to Richmond to Danby Wisk

UNITED KINGDOM | Sunday, 12 Sep 2010 | Views [541] | Comments [2]

Several days of walking and fatigue and not so much time to blog.  The most exciting time has been the march through the bogs.  After climbing for about two miles out of Kirkby Stephen, we entered a fog bank en route to The Nine Standards.  They are ... Read more >

Day 7 - Orton to Kirkby Stephen

UNITED KINGDOM | Tuesday, 7 Sep 2010 | Views [387] | Comments [2]

We got up in Orton this morning to rain falling and wind blowing.  We got ready for the day, made it downstairs to breakfast only to find that the help had not shown up to make it!  The poor Manager came staggering out of a back room to a room full of ... Read more >

Day 6 - Bampton Range to Orton

UNITED KINGDOM | Monday, 6 Sep 2010 | Views [350] | Comments [1]

Our first flat day of walking!  Yay!  A few slopes, but nothing like the mountains of the Lakes District which we have now left behind.  Today was the first day of mostly farmed fields, stone walls, and hard to find stiles.  We stepped out of the door ... Read more >

Day 5 - Patterdale to Bampton Range

UNITED KINGDOM | Sunday, 5 Sep 2010 | Views [411]

Another good breakfast of eggs, bacon, black pudding, toast, coffee, orange juice, sausage, and hash browns.  We had the standard morning hike up out of the valley to a ridge top, saw some great views, the wind almost knocked us down a few times.  Some ... Read more >

Photos: Coast to Coast Walk, England Sep 2010

UNITED KINGDOM | Saturday, 4 Sep 2010 | Photo Gallery

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Day 4 - Grasmere to Patterdale

UNITED KINGDOM | Saturday, 4 Sep 2010 | Views [317]

Another late start this morning, since we only had nine miles to go.  Another big climb out of the overnight town, across a pass, then down a beautiful river valley to our farm B&B.  We got situated, then walked into town for ale, wine, and dinner.... Read more >

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