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Bill's travel thoughts

USA | Sunday, 17 Dec 2017 | Views [239]

What an adventure!  I had been curious for many years about the land down under. My favorite places: Sydney Opera House Experience Tour, Operetta and Dinner The waterfalls at Arthur's Pass The Bellota Tapas Restaurant in Auckland and ... Read more >


More musings - Kathy Miller

USA | Friday, 8 Dec 2017 | Views [182]

At the end of our recent travels with the Whyte's, Bonnie asked I'd Dan and I would mind adding our thoughts to her current travel nlog.  Gosh, I was perplexed. We had traveled so far, toured so many places, seen so many beautiful landscapes, how ... Read more >


Musings of a fellow traveler - Dan Miller

USA | Friday, 8 Dec 2017 | Views [132]

Anticipation I Have always had the desire to travel to New Zealand.  The cruise presented a great opportunity to travel half way around the world in an exciting and relaxing manner.  We booked the cruise over a year ahead of time to insure ... Read more >

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USA | Sunday, 19 Nov 2017 | Views [147] | Comments [1]

OK, so I thought it might be a good idea to give you some websites you and check out to get a better view in some cases of some of our adventures, enjoy! sydneyoperahouse.com featherdale.com.au bushandbeach.co.nz lakewanaka.co.nz wildearthwines.... Read more >


Heading to Queenstown

NEW ZEALAND | Wednesday, 15 Nov 2017 | Views [206]

We drove 2-1/2 hours today to Queenstown, the third largest city in NZ.  OMG!  Instead of Wow, cannot believe the beauty of this place!  We rented a house for our last accommodation and we overlook a beautiful inlet, a lake, the pastures, ... Read more >


Te Anau

NEW ZEALAND | Wednesday, 15 Nov 2017 | Views [151]

Well, we have now arrived in the Southland of NZ.  After a 4hour drive, we arrived at beautiful lakeside resort of Te Anau.  We were able to check into our B and B, so we would be ready to take the boat ride across Lake Te Anau to see the glow ... Read more >


Tramping through Hooker Valley

NEW ZEALAND | Wednesday, 15 Nov 2017 | Views [162]

OK, that title needs a little explanation.  Let's look at the NZ dictionary for an explanation of terms: Give Way means Yield Slippery when frosty means Slippery when icy A Slip mean a slide (like a mudslide) A lift is an elevator ... Read more >


Majestic Mount Cook

NEW ZEALAND | Sunday, 12 Nov 2017 | Views [211]

WOW!!!  We keep using this word but honestly if you saw this landscape you'd be hard pressed to think of another descriptive term. We arrived to Mount Cook National Park in the afternoon.  Cloudy and drizzly.  The top of the mountains ... Read more >


Wine Country

NEW ZEALAND | Sunday, 12 Nov 2017 | Views [157]

Now anyone who knows us knows we love wine!  We wouldn't miss out on an opportunity to drink some wine and that's exactly what we did. Booked a tour for the four of us and let David do the driving!  Visiting four wineries in the Otago Region ... Read more >


What a Wonder!

NEW ZEALAND | Monday, 6 Nov 2017 | Views [209] | Comments [1]

What an amazing area of the country we are now in.  Took a trip to Pancake Rocks and Blowholes, amazing!  Rock formations are stacked on top of each other like pancakes.  Large holes or openings in the rocks create blowholes that allow ... Read more >


The trek to Hokitika

NEW ZEALAND | Friday, 3 Nov 2017 | Views [195] | Comments [1]

We began our trek to Hokitika by car through what they call the "Southern Alps".  To our surprise, we drove through majestic snow-capped mountains rising out of the ground to meet the sky!  The photos included do not do them justice.  ... Read more >


Happy Halloween - they celebrate in New Zealand too!

NEW ZEALAND | Thursday, 2 Nov 2017 | Views [204] | Comments [3]

Travel today via Air New Zealand from Rotarua to Christchurch In the South Island! Excited to meet up with our friends and neighbors, Dan and Kathy Miller At our B and B for tonight, The Travelers Rest!  Could it be more perfect? Fiona, our ... Read more >


The Road to Rotarua

NEW ZEALAND | Thursday, 2 Nov 2017 | Views [172]

Rotarua is located in the central part of the north island.  A 4 hour drive from Auckland through the beautiful countryside.  Arrived mid-afternoon to the Sudima Hotel right on Lake Rotarua.  Beautiful, as you can see by the photos but ... Read more >


Touring Auckland

NEW ZEALAND | Monday, 30 Oct 2017 | Views [269] | Comments [1]

Arrived late Saturday.  Excellent views of the harbors.  Decided a tour would be our best bet to get around and see the most.  Went over the Auckland Bridge to Devonport.  A small Victorian town, very quaint.  Largest marina ... Read more >


"Free" day in Sydney

AUSTRALIA | Saturday, 28 Oct 2017 | Views [236] | Comments [1]

Bought the Opal Pass to ride the ferries today.  first ride: the Fish Market.  Wharfs where all the fish is brought into Sydney for all the restaurants, hotels, locals and tourists.  Walk along and see any and all kinds of fish and seafood ... Read more >


Continuing the tour

AUSTRALIA | Thursday, 26 Oct 2017 | Views [230] | Comments [1]

Today started again at 7 am.  Began with a 2-hour bus ride to the Blue Mountains, heading west from Sydney. A fantastic day with our guide Peter, filling our hearts and minds with stories and memories of Sydney and the WA ( Western Australia).... Read more >


Two day combo

AUSTRALIA | Thursday, 26 Oct 2017 | Views [216]

We had purchased a 2-day tour package before leaving home to get the most from our time in Sydney. Monday was day one of our two-day tour.  We had a fantastic city tour of Sydney that included a trip out to Bondi Beach for our coffee break. ... Read more >


Arrival at Sydney

AUSTRALIA | Wednesday, 25 Oct 2017 | Views [237] | Comments [1]

After 2 days at sea, what a treat to see Sydney Harbour, The Opera House and Harbour Bridge. Our ship was not able to dock in the Harbour, instead we docked at White Bay Terminal. This is where we first learned of Aussie-speak and their "English ... Read more >


New Caledonia

NEW CALEDONIA | Friday, 20 Oct 2017 | Views [332] | Comments [4]

Three scheduled stops in New Caledonia. First, Easo, Lifou.  Looking forward to beach day!  Oops, no such luck.  We received a letter that we are not permitted to swim due to black algae in the waters around Easo!!  Bummer, not ... Read more >


We crossed the dateline!

FIJI | Monday, 16 Oct 2017 | Views [307] | Comments [4]

We went to bed on Wednesday, 10/11 and when we woke up in the morning, it was Friday, 10/13! What happened to Thursday?  We crossed the international dateline and poof the time changed, moved forward and it was Friday!! So, we have been operating ... Read more >


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