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10 days! Nelson Lakes NP

NEW ZEALAND | Tuesday, 1 Apr 2008 | Views [574]

Ok. Now I will give a more proper summary of my ten day trip. I started out on Easter Sunday and made a kiwi friend in the bus. Her name was Wendy, a scottish born kiwi doctor. We decided to walk together for the first three days and then the second ... Read more >


Gallery: Abel Tasman NP

NEW ZEALAND | Saturday, 22 Mar 2008 | Photo Gallery


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Gallery: Taranaki Tramp

NEW ZEALAND | Saturday, 22 Mar 2008 | Photo Gallery

Egmont National Park
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Abel Tasman National Park/Nelson

NEW ZEALAND | Saturday, 22 Mar 2008 | Views [908]

I arrived in Nelson on St. Patricks Day and set up my bivy in a funky  hostel just before sundown. The hostel serves chocolate pudding and ice cream for free every night. If that's not incentive enough to stay there, they also have an herb garden for ... Read more >


Wellington? or another farm?

NEW ZEALAND | Sunday, 16 Mar 2008 | Views [568]

So, I am in Wellington. I arrived on thursday. I had been planning for months to come for 4 nights to experience a but of the city: do some gear shopping, museums, landry, ice cream, internet, coffee shops. Well, when I arrived I learned that there were ... Read more >


Eben-ezer Farm (Farm #7)

NEW ZEALAND | Sunday, 16 Mar 2008 | Views [895]

I spent 5 days on a cattle farm with the Lauridsen family, 11 kids (8 at home). My jobs were to help herd cattle, wash windows, garden, etc. The Lauridsen's were refreshing to be with. Encouraging conversations, hearty meals, hours of playing games with ... Read more >


Taranaki or Egmont National Park

NEW ZEALAND | Sunday, 16 Mar 2008 | Views [404]

I had a lovely trip to Egmont national Park with 4 nights in a hut and 4 5 days of walking. The track goes around Mt. Taranaki with isolated waterfalls, rainforests, large river gorges, and mountaintop huts. My first night I met three elderly kiwis and ... Read more >


New Plymouth (Farm # 6)

NEW ZEALAND | Monday, 3 Mar 2008 | Views [824] | Comments [2]

I just discovered that I can get free and fast internet in the library and it has been a beautiful, beautiful thing. Today was my last work day at Barbara Hammonds house. Tomorrow morning I head to Taranaki. It has been a lovely few days. My projects ... Read more >

Tags: Work


MORDOR

NEW ZEALAND | Monday, 3 Mar 2008 | Views [1528] | Comments [2]

I am learning that plans change and circumstances are often out of my control, especially when I'm dealing with nature and weather. I had been reading about Tongariro for several months and had my backpacking trip all planned out; I knew which hut I'd ... Read more >

Tags: Adventures


Gallery: Tongariro National Park

NEW ZEALAND | Sunday, 2 Mar 2008 | Photo Gallery

MORDOR
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15,000 feet!

NEW ZEALAND | Wednesday, 27 Feb 2008 | Views [789] | Comments [1]

Hello everyone. I have just re-entered civilization after a wonderful week tramping in the backcountry of Mordor. I have stories to tell but not enough time today but I did want to mention that I went skydiving last week! I stopped in Taupo, which happens ... Read more >

Tags: Adrenaline


The Apple House Farm (Farm #5)

NEW ZEALAND | Tuesday, 19 Feb 2008 | Views [1486] | Comments [2]

I just spent a lovely 4 days with the MacGregor family, a homeschooling family of 9. The two older girls are married with children. Still at home are Caleb (14), Liam (12), Tilly (7) and the newly adopted Massive (6) and Sincere (4). They live in a beautiful ... Read more >

Tags: Work


Gallery: The Apple House Farm

NEW ZEALAND | Tuesday, 19 Feb 2008 | Photo Gallery

Farm #5
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rotorua, OR: I would pay $50 any day for free corn

NEW ZEALAND | Wednesday, 13 Feb 2008 | Views [721] | Comments [1]

I am staying at Cactus Jack's hostel in Rotorua, tourist capitol of New Zealand. Also home to the most geothermal activity. Cactus Jack's is set up like an old western town with jail cells as rooms and a hot pool. I have made quite a few friends. They ... Read more >

Tags: Sightseeing


Gallery: Rotorua

NEW ZEALAND | Tuesday, 12 Feb 2008 | Photo Gallery

$50 free corn
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Gallery: The Enchanted Would

NEW ZEALAND | Tuesday, 12 Feb 2008 | Photo Gallery

Farm #4
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The Enchanted Would (Farm # 4)

NEW ZEALAND | Tuesday, 12 Feb 2008 | Views [632]

My fourth farm stay was too short (4 days) and pleasant. I left wishing that I could stay longer and hope to return, if I do return to the North Island after experiencing the beauty and thrills of the South Island. Before I arrived in New Zealand, I ... Read more >

Tags: Work


Cape Reinga

NEW ZEALAND | Sunday, 10 Feb 2008 | Views [605]

I left Drumgor, my third farm stay, early on a monday morning. My host dropped me off at the trailhead (or should I say track-head) around lunchtime. We walked up some impressive sand dunes and watched as others went sand-boarding down the steep hills.... Read more >

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Drumgor (Farm # 3)

NEW ZEALAND | Thursday, 7 Feb 2008 | Views [604] | Comments [1]

Ok... so Drumgor was my third farm. A gorgeous olive grove in Kaitaia, the far northland. My host was a couple from Zimbabwe. Jen grew up in Zimbabwe and Murray grew up in Kenya, South Africa, and eventually moved to Zimbabwe. I lived in a bunkhouse ... Read more >

Tags: Work


Gallery: Cape Reinga Tramp

NEW ZEALAND | Thursday, 7 Feb 2008 | Photo Gallery


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