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Trip: The World (Part 4)

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Photos: South Island

NEW ZEALAND | Friday, 6 Mar 2020 | Photo Gallery

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A Murmuration of Wrybills

NEW ZEALAND | Thursday, 5 Mar 2020 | Views [45]

HAVE YOU EVER SEEN THOSE VIDEOS OF FLOCKS of birds — starlings, mostly — swooping and soaring in unison like a school of tightly packed sardines?  Birders call these maneuvers “murmurations.”  Well, we learned today ... Read more >

Tauranga and the Maketu Estuary

NEW ZEALAND | Sunday, 1 Mar 2020 | Views [35]

TAURANGA MAY BE NEW ZEALAND’S ANSWER to Newcastle with it’s busy port but one would be hard-pressed to find lodging as wonderful as City Suites in a less urban setting.                South ... Read more >

Lake Taupo

NEW ZEALAND | Friday, 28 Feb 2020 | Views [47]

IF I HAD DONE DUE DILIGENCE I WOULD have realized that Turangi is the trout fishing capital of New Zealand.  You would think our lodging, Angler’s Rest Motel, would have been a clue..  Instead I learned that it isn’t possible to ... Read more >

Napier's Art Deco Week

NEW ZEALAND | Sunday, 23 Feb 2020 | Views [56]

SOMETIMES WE GET LUCKY IN OUR TRAVELS.  Fortune smiled on us twice this weekend.  Kiwis Ron and Rita — more about them later — had invited us to stay in their lovely Napier home.  Napier, you may remember, was razed by a devastating ... Read more >

Rotorua — What's That Smell?

NEW ZEALAND | Friday, 21 Feb 2020 | Views [54]

ROTORUA STINKS.  ‘NUFF SAID?  Geysers, mud pots and hot springs perfume Rotorua with Eau de Chemistry Lab and thousands of tourists pay handsomely for the experience.  But if you’ve visited before like we have — twice ... Read more >

Endangered Birds of Tiritiri Matangi

NEW ZEALAND | Sunday, 16 Feb 2020 | Views [73]

FULLERS 360 FERRY LEFT THE DOCK AT 9:00 “en punto” for the 75-minute trip out to Tiritiri Matangi Island.  An hour and a quarter doesn’t seem long on dry land but when the ferry starts pitching and rolling, time seems to slow ... Read more >

Muriwai Gannet Colony

NEW ZEALAND | Saturday, 15 Feb 2020 | Views [56]

WE WERE IMPRESSED WITH THE MURIWAI GANNET COLONY in 2005 when we were fledgling birders and we were just as impressed on Saturday.  Hundreds of gannets who call Muriwai home covered the cliffs and the tops of two sea stacks just offshore while ... Read more >

Photos: North Island

NEW ZEALAND | Saturday, 15 Feb 2020 | Photo Gallery

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Auckland Forecast: Hardly Sunny

NEW ZEALAND | Friday, 14 Feb 2020 | Views [57]

BARELY A DAY HAS PASSED AND THE CRUISE seems a distant memory.  We hopped on the airport bus, picked up our shiny black Suzuki Swift and went in search of Sunny Holiday House, only about 10K from the harbor.  We waited out the three hours ... Read more >

Cruise Recap: Don't Mess With Mother Nature!

NEW ZEALAND | Thursday, 13 Feb 2020 | Views [68]

NEW ZEALAND IS SURELY ONE OF GOD’S BETTER EFFORTS.  While the country is always beautiful, if the sun is shining New Zealand can be freakin’ spectacular.  When a 20 th Century edition of Lonely Planet from our first visit ... Read more >

A Rare Visit to Stewart Island on Waitangi Day

NEW ZEALAND | Friday, 7 Feb 2020 | Views [59]

A FRIEND COMPLAINED AFTER TAKING THE SAME NOORDAM CRUISE (in reverse) that he didn’t get to see enough of New Zealand.  Lack of time is my major gripe with cruises in general — that and the fact that ports, like railroad stations, seldom ... Read more >

Sydney to Tassie

AUSTRALIA | Monday, 3 Feb 2020 | Views [50]

THIRTY-KNOT WINDS WHIPPED SPUME from the waves — White Horses JRR Tolkein called them — and forced Noordam into a port-side list.  Luckily, the swells were moderate so the rockin’ and rollin’ was minimal as we cruised ... Read more >

Photos: Cruising from Sydney to Auckland

NEW ZEALAND | Saturday, 1 Feb 2020 | Photo Gallery

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In The Nick of Time

AUSTRALIA | Friday, 31 Jan 2020 | Views [85]

AUSSIE KIDS ARE BACK IN SCHOOL FROM THEIR Xmas/Summer vacation.  The sugarcane, ankle-high when we arrived, is now taller than I.  And the occasional rain showers have become a daily deluge.  We have been in Australia for ten weeks and ... Read more >

The Joke's On Us!

AUSTRALIA | Monday, 27 Jan 2020 | Views [53]

I EXPECTED MISSION BEACH TO BE HOPPING on this Australia Day weekend, something like Seaside Heights, NJ on the July 4 th .  The town isn’t just quiet, it’s dead.  And we like it!  You see, we are mostly passing time until ... Read more >

Australia — Ya Gotta Love It, Mate!

AUSTRALIA | Sunday, 26 Jan 2020 | Views [52]

ON THIS AUSTRALIA DAY I WANTED TO SHARE a story we heard about how some Aussie towns got their names.  A white “explorer” asked an Aborigine “What do you call this place?” The answer — in the local language, of course ... Read more >

Platypus — Right Time, Right Place

AUSTRALIA | Friday, 24 Jan 2020 | Views [54]

AUSTRALIA IS KNOWN FOR ITS STRANGE ANIMALS and none is more strange than the platypus.  It appears to be an evolutionary afterthought, a hodgepodge made from spare parts — the bill of a duck, the tail of a beaver and the feet of an otter.... Read more >

Atherton Tablelands: Yungaburra

AUSTRALIA | Thursday, 23 Jan 2020 | Views [55]

CHAMBERS WILDLIFE RAINFOREST LODGE certainly lives up to its name.  It is in the forest smack-dab inside Crater Lakes National Park on the Atherton Tablelands, and, yes, it rains.  Our cabin is smaller than some of other places we’ve ... Read more >


AUSTRALIA | Saturday, 18 Jan 2020 | Views [265]

FOLKS SAY, “IT’S NOT THE HEAT, IT’S THE HUMIDITY.”  Cooktown has both heat and humidity— in abundance! — and a bit of rain to keep things interesting.  But not much else, at least not the birds we were seeking.... Read more >

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