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Expect The Unexpected "Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things you didn’t do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines, sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover." Mark Twain

Photos: Back to Auckland

NEW ZEALAND | Wednesday, 14 Apr 2010 | Photo Gallery


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The Northland/Bay of Islands – Ninety Mile Beach, Sand Boarding, Cape Reinga, and SKYDIVING!

NEW ZEALAND | Friday, 12 Mar 2010 | Views [1150]

What I really wanted at this point was to travel to the north via any other method than bus – I am soo sick of coaches – so a car or campervan would have been ideal.   In the end I booked another bus but this time I decided to go Naked.   What ... Read more >


WWOOFing in Albany – Wellpark

NEW ZEALAND | Tuesday, 9 Mar 2010 | Views [687]

My second visit to Auckland marked the finishing point of my bus loop with Magic.   On the way from Mt. Maunganui we stopped along the way for a walk in the woods and lastly at the Rose Gardens in Parnell before reaching the downtown core.   I ... Read more >


Photos: Mount Maunganui

NEW ZEALAND | Monday, 8 Mar 2010 | Photo Gallery


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If I were to settle in NZ long term it would be in Mt. Maunganui :)

NEW ZEALAND | Monday, 8 Mar 2010 | Views [360]

When a place just feels right you – you know it.   I didn’t specifically seek out visiting Mt. Maunganui but I am so glad I did!   It was the final required stop on my bus loop back to Auckland and due to the schedule I could spend just one night ... Read more >


Photos: Hastings

NEW ZEALAND | Monday, 1 Mar 2010 | Photo Gallery


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WWOOFing in Hastings – The Chef’s Garden

NEW ZEALAND | Monday, 1 Mar 2010 | Views [1522]

Arriving in Hastings after my last bus day for a while I was picked up by my host Clyde and driven to the farm just on the edge of the city.   The morning was spent driving through familiar North Island scenery stopping at Mt. Bruce along the way ... Read more >


Photos: Welly - 2nd Time Thru

NEW ZEALAND | Thursday, 4 Feb 2010 | Photo Gallery


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Due North – (Christchurch to Wellington)

NEW ZEALAND | Thursday, 4 Feb 2010 | Views [471]

Heading north to get my hands dirty and become more of a traveler than an tourist.   I really want to experience more authentic Kiwi culture.   Although the tourist track has been lovely and the infrastructure is certainly in place for tourism ... Read more >


Out on Onuku Farm, Dolphins and a Taste of a French Seaside Settlement (Akaroa)

NEW ZEALAND | Thursday, 4 Feb 2010 | Views [642]

I decided to take a side trip on the Banks Peninsula an hour and a half drive from Christchurch to Akaroa.    We stopped a few times on the way first at Kaitorete Spit and then at the Hilltop Café for a birds-eye view of Akaroa.   I was picked up ... Read more >


Southern Loop of Architecture and Alps (Dunedin to Christchurch)

NEW ZEALAND | Thursday, 4 Feb 2010 | Views [460]

Edinburgh of the South = the place I caught up on much needed sleep! (Dunedin) I don’t even remember the drive from Queenstown.   From the moment I boarded the coach until we reached Dunedin I was dead asleep.   Waking up nicely refreshed ... Read more >


Believe the Hype (Queenstown)

NEW ZEALAND | Thursday, 4 Feb 2010 | Views [414]

For those who are on a tight schedule Queenstown is the one place many are planning to spend a longer time in.   Anyone I know who has been to NZ before as raved about Queenstown so my expectations about my time there were very high.   Getting in ... Read more >


Photos: Queenstown to Picton

NEW ZEALAND | Tuesday, 2 Feb 2010 | Photo Gallery


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Photos: Greymouth to Queenstown

NEW ZEALAND | Tuesday, 2 Feb 2010 | Photo Gallery


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The View Is Always Better When YOU Climb For It! (Greymouth to Wanaka)

NEW ZEALAND | Tuesday, 2 Feb 2010 | Views [467]

After leaving Greymouth we stopped over in the gold mining town of Ross.   Got a little demonstration at the information center on how to pan for gold (it reminded me of when there was the Klondike Days festival in Edmonton).   Another stop en-... Read more >


Photos: Wellington to Greymouth

NEW ZEALAND | Friday, 22 Jan 2010 | Photo Gallery


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Do the South! (Wellington to Greymouth)

NEW ZEALAND | Friday, 22 Jan 2010 | Views [566] | Comments [1]

After chilling out in Wellington I set out on the ferry to Picton.   I had been told the ferry is much rougher than BC Ferries due to the nature of the Cook Strait so I was expecting a bumpy ride.   It turned out to be quite calm (in fact much ... Read more >


The “MAGIC” has begun...(Auckland to Wellington)

NEW ZEALAND | Tuesday, 12 Jan 2010 | Views [528]

Auckland to Rotorua: On January 6 th I started my Magic Bus adventure; we began with a quick picture stop at the top of Mt. Eden then headed onwards to Rotorua.    The trip continued through The Bay of Islands for a drop off point in Thames ... Read more >


Photos: Auckland to Wellington

NEW ZEALAND | Tuesday, 12 Jan 2010 | Photo Gallery


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Photos: Edmonton to Auckland

NEW ZEALAND | Tuesday, 12 Jan 2010 | Photo Gallery


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