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Oct. 31 - Halloween in Kingston

Monday, 31 Oct 2011 | Views [1001]

Oct. 31 st - Halloween in Kingston We've stopped our South Island odyssey for a couple of days in Kingston  for golf and laundry and late mornings. Kingston is 50 km around the lake from Queenstown. We spent 30 minutes taking a quick look at Queenstown ... Read more >

Tags: cromwell, kingsto, new zealand, queenstown, wanaka

Photos: Lake Tekapo/Mount Cook

Friday, 28 Oct 2011 | Photo Gallery

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Oct. 23 - World Cup Final

Tuesday, 25 Oct 2011 | Views [402]

Five Best Sensory Experiences from the day of the Rugby World Cup Final Sound: The incredibly beautiful voice of Hayley Westenra rehearsing the “World in Union” as we walked past Eden Park 5 hours before kick-off. We were on our way to pick up Tom’s ... Read more >

Tags: rugby world cup final

Oct. 22 - Eve of World Cup Final

Sunday, 23 Oct 2011 | Views [617]

Oct. 22 nd -We spent the eve of the World Cup Final at the Ellerslie races in Auckland. Despite being sure we had chosen all the winners, we only succeeded in the last race when Apache Sky landed us $2.90. However it was a fun afternoon and we had ... Read more >

Tags: auckland, devonport, sky tower, world cup

Farewell Campervan!

Tuesday, 18 Oct 2011 | Views [658]

Oct. 17 th – Laying in bed in our en suite room at Bamber House Hostel in Auckland while the rain patters down. Memorable experiences since we last wrote the blog in Miranda   on Oct. 13 th On the night of the 13 th at the mineral bath ... Read more >

Oct. 13th - Two Days of Mineral Baths

Thursday, 13 Oct 2011 | Views [505]

This is our next to last night in the campervan. Tomorrow night we will be in a real bed in a real house. The brother of a good friend of Tom’s from high school emigrated to New Zealand at least 30 years ago. His name is Neil and he coincidentally played ... Read more >

Oct. 11 - Wine, Quarterfinal Madness, & Mountain Top Panic

Wednesday, 12 Oct 2011 | Views [1004]

Oct. 11th - Today we were planning to spend in Okahune, a ski town at the base of Mt Ruapehu, but the weather forecast of rain and gale force winds for tomorrow caused us to unplug the van and head north. We skirted the western shore of Lake Taupo and ... Read more >

Tags: australia, france, martinborough, quarterfinals, rugby world cup, south africa, wales, wellington

Two Rainy Days in Martinborough

Thursday, 6 Oct 2011 | Views [794]

Martinborough is a little Kiwi town   an hour east of Wellington over a winding mountain road surrounded by vineyards,   olive groves, sheep pastures, and a wild Pacific coastline. The town was laid out by an Irish settler named Martin in the 1800’s ... Read more >

Photos: Martinborough

Wednesday, 5 Oct 2011 | Photo Gallery

Photos from in and around Martinborough, New Zealand
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Tom's Rugby World Cup Predictions

Monday, 3 Oct 2011 | Views [886]

Every time we got back to the camper van after a rugby game, Tom would get out his blue marker and write the scores on his chart, obtained from a newspaper when we first arrived in New Zealand. Last night was the final game in the pool matches so there ... Read more >

Oct. 3 - Horse Racing, Golf, New Friends, & Rugby

Monday, 3 Oct 2011 | Views [946]

October 3rd: The Rugby World Cup pool matches are over. The past 2 days we were in Wellington to witness the upset of the tournament (Tonga over France 19-14) on Saturday and New Zealand’s 12 try romp over Canada (79-15) on Sunday. This morning we drove ... Read more >

Tags: martinborough, palmerston north, rugby world cup, shannon, wellington

Two Days in New Plymouth & No Sign of Either Mount Taranaki nor Mt. Egmont

Thursday, 15 Sep 2011 | Views [1137] | Comments [1]

We pushed on through blustery winds to arrive in New Plymouth on Tuesday, Sept. 13 th , on the way looking for the mythical Mount Taranaki – or Mount Egmont as the older locals like to call it. The old timers don’t take much store in the liberal attempts ... Read more >

Photos: Wellington

Monday, 12 Sep 2011 | Photo Gallery

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Sept. 11 - 2 Days in Wellington

Sunday, 11 Sep 2011 | Views [660]

Sept. 11 – Two Days in Wellington In a couple of hours we’ll leave our campsite in Lower Hutt for the 30 minute bus ride into Wellington for a hoped for Welsh victory over the Springboks. Below are our 5 best sensory experiences from the past 2 days ... Read more >

Tags: argentina, england, rugby world cup, south africa, springboks, wellington

Photos: Auckland

Wednesday, 7 Sep 2011 | Photo Gallery

Auckland & Rugby World Cup
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Sept. 6th – September 4th Vanishes as Rugby Fever Appears

Wednesday, 7 Sep 2011 | Views [699] | Comments [1]

Somewhere after leaving LAX at 10 pm on Sept.   3 rd on the 14 hour flight to Sydney,   Sept. 4 th disappeared and Rugby World Cup fever appeared.   Sydney airport at 6 a.m. on Sept. 5 th was full of World Cup memorabilia shops. Our flight to ... Read more >

Tags: auckland, rugby world cup

Who are we?

Wednesday, 6 Jul 2011 | Views [503]

Good question. We're recently retired school teachers who spent the last 3 years at a small school in Honduras planning this trip to New Zealand for the 2011 Rugby World Cup. Four years ago we took a rare break in our 35 year careers in education to ... Read more >

Tags: rugby world cup



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