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Our Trip We've left our jobs as banker and teacher in order to see the Southern Hemisphere. Why not?

Gallery: Bad day in Curio Bay

NEW ZEALAND | Saturday, 31 Jan 2009 | Photo Gallery

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Gallery: Roadtrip

NEW ZEALAND | Saturday, 31 Jan 2009 | Photo Gallery

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WWOOFing with Dom and Frankie

NEW ZEALAND | Thursday, 29 Jan 2009 | Views [1728] | Comments [1]

Dom & Frankie These two Londoners took a trip similar to ours about 15 years ago, even spending time in New Zealand as WWOOFers.  They were so taken by the beauty of NZ and the quality of life here that they went home to London, earned some money, ... Read more >

The Kepler Track

NEW ZEALAND | Monday, 26 Jan 2009 | Views [499]

Trampers in New Zealand all tell stories about the beautiful Milford Track.  It apparently has the best views - views that are so breathtaking you just won't understand until you've been there...  Well, Pete and I couldn't go there because the best hike ... Read more >

Curio Bay and Porpoise Bay

NEW ZEALAND | Monday, 26 Jan 2009 | Views [703] | Comments [1]

Learning to Surf, retiring from Surfing So Erin and I were driving through Southland, New Zealand with no plans.  Erin had read that there was a petrified forest somewhere on the coast so we went to check it out.  We got there around 4PM (at low tide) ... Read more >

New Year in New Zealand

NEW ZEALAND | Friday, 9 Jan 2009 | Views [607] | Comments [3]

New Year's Week , Queenstown Written by Peter (edited by Erin) Pulling into Queenstown we drove by motel after motel with signs reading "No Vacancy."  Luckily, being the productive young folk we are, we had already made reservations at ... Read more >

Christmas in New Zealand

NEW ZEALAND | Friday, 9 Jan 2009 | Views [499]

Christmas Wanaka On Christmas Eve morning we woke up to sunshine and sandflies at the Kidds Bush campsite just outside of Wanaka.  After a bowl of oatmeal (our camping staple), we drove through a cow pasture, next to the lake, listening to our only ... Read more >

Gallery: At the Stompe House

NEW ZEALAND | Saturday, 27 Dec 2008 | Photo Gallery

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Gallery: The West Coast

NEW ZEALAND | Thursday, 25 Dec 2008 | Photo Gallery

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Humans are Insignificant on the Wild West Coast

NEW ZEALAND | Wednesday, 24 Dec 2008 | Views [497] | Comments [1]

Karamea To get to Karamea, you actually have to drive south then north (making a big U) on a road that ends in Karamea.  It's not on the regular traveler circuit because it's not that easy to access, but it turned out to be our favorite stop on ... Read more >

Staying with the Stompes in Golden Bay

NEW ZEALAND | Thursday, 18 Dec 2008 | Views [766] | Comments [2]

Pete's version: Last week Erin and I went to a farm to do some exchange work (they let you stay for free and feed you, but you don't get paid).  The drive was long and remote, most of the time on a dirt road.  After 3 hours of curvy roads and bottoming ... Read more >

Gallery: Abel Tasman

NEW ZEALAND | Saturday, 13 Dec 2008 | Photo Gallery

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The Abel Tasman Coastal Track

NEW ZEALAND | Saturday, 6 Dec 2008 | Views [1348] | Comments [4]

While we were still at home planning our New Zealand trip, Pete and I made lists of must do activities.  My list included kayaking along the Abel Tasman Coastal Track, an activity that made the list after I saw a picture advertising the kayak trips ... Read more >

Gallery: Renwick

NEW ZEALAND | Monday, 1 Dec 2008 | Photo Gallery

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Gallery: Wellington & Picton

NEW ZEALAND | Monday, 1 Dec 2008 | Photo Gallery

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Gallery: Paraparaumu and Wellington

NEW ZEALAND | Monday, 1 Dec 2008 | Photo Gallery

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Wine Tasting in the Marlborough Region

NEW ZEALAND | Sunday, 30 Nov 2008 | Views [568] | Comments [2]

In the lovely town of Renwick, bicyclists take over the roads, pedaling along miles of wine trails.  We biked for my birthday - so fun.  There were five wineries that we visited - Allen Scott, The Wine Cellar, Huia, Mahi, and Nautilus (where we had a ... Read more >

Picton's Sequoia Lodge/ Yachting/ Queen Charlotte Track

NEW ZEALAND | Wednesday, 19 Nov 2008 | Views [1088] | Comments [3]

Week 1 For a week now Pete and I have been working at Sequoia Lodge Backpackers in the little port town of Picton. It's located on the northern tip of the south island. Anyone traveling to the south island comes through here since the ferry from Wellington ... Read more >

The Kapiti (Sounds like "Cup a tea") Coast

NEW ZEALAND | Tuesday, 11 Nov 2008 | Views [858] | Comments [3]

For the last week and a half, Pete and I have been staying with the Meroiti family in a coastal town called Paraparaumu.  In addition to owning their own businesses, the Meroitis have a beautiful home and vineyard that backs up to native bush and overlooks ... Read more >


NEW ZEALAND | Saturday, 8 Nov 2008 | Views [567] | Comments [1]

So Erin has entrusted me once again with writing in the journal. Day I After Rotorua we made our way to Taupo. When we arrived it was freezing cold and windy!  After checking into the Hostel we took a walk on the beach and then hung out and read ... Read more >

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