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Trip: New Zealand

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Photos: Queen Charlotte Drive

NEW ZEALAND | Wednesday, 8 May 2019 | Photo Gallery

We've enjoyed this drive since our first visit to NZL in 2005. However, we have noticed that the trees, bushes, and other vegetation have grown up to the point where almost all of view to the Marlborough Sound is obscured (except for a few widely scattered ... Read more >
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Photos: Moeraki Boulders

NEW ZEALAND | Monday, 6 May 2019 | Photo Gallery

The Moeraki Boulders (https://www.moerakiboulders.com/) are a group of large spherical “stones” on New Zealand’s Otago coast (about halfway between Timaru and Dunedin).
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Photos: Taieri Gorge Train

NEW ZEALAND | Sunday, 5 May 2019 | Photo Gallery

This is one of our FAVORITE NZL activities! We rode the train during our previous visit and were eager to repeat the experience. There were plenty of folks on the train despite the cool autumn weather ... probably because our execursion was on the weekend.... Read more >
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Photos: Larnach Castle

NEW ZEALAND | Saturday, 4 May 2019 | Photo Gallery

As we made our way north from Alexandra to Auckland, we stopped in Dunedin for a couple of nights. The Taieri Gorge train was one highlight for us -- Larnach Castle (https://www.larnachcastle.co.nz/) was the other.
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Photos: Doubtful Sound Cruise

NEW ZEALAND | Tuesday, 30 Apr 2019 | Photo Gallery

Since we had cruised Milford Sound on our previous trip to NZL, we wanted to see what Doubtful Sound had to offer. Scenery was wonderful as ever and the trip to the Sound included both boat and bus excursions. We also appreciated the fact that the sand ... Read more >
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Photos: Alexandra Sunrise

NEW ZEALAND | Saturday, 27 Apr 2019 | Photo Gallery

We enjoyed many spectacular sunrises throughout our stay in New Zealand. The dawn here in Alexandra was more sudden that the gradual sunrises in Taupo and Nelson. But the clouds were just as colorful ... as you can see by the accompanying photos.
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Photos: Otago Rail Trail

NEW ZEALAND | Saturday, 27 Apr 2019 | Photo Gallery

Kent rode a bicycle on a portion of the Otago Rail Trail, a cycle track laid on the abandoned railway bed in the Otago region. There are several tour operators for the Otago Rail Trail, but there are none better than Bike It Now. Whether a novice or enthusiast, ... Read more >
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Photos: Alexandra Morning

NEW ZEALAND | Tuesday, 23 Apr 2019 | Photo Gallery

We wanted to get the full perspective on Alexandra, so we ventured out the morning after we took our PM photos (not too early -- it was the middle of autumn after all!) to see what Alexandra had to offer from the opposite ridge.
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Photos: Alexandra Autumn Afternoon

NEW ZEALAND | Monday, 22 Apr 2019 | Photo Gallery

Alexandra had stunning autumn colors. In fact, it's one of the few places in New Zealand with deciduous trees that provide such a colorful landscape.
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Photos: Cable Bay Skywire

NEW ZEALAND | Wednesday, 17 Apr 2019 | Photo Gallery

We visited the Skywire at Cable Bay Adventure Park (https://www.cablebayadventurepark.com). It was very different from zipline since we were strapped into a 4-person carriage with individual 5-point harness connections. We zipped down 800 meters in free ... Read more >
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Photos: Walking Around Kaikoura

NEW ZEALAND | Monday, 15 Apr 2019 | Photo Gallery

The day after our whale watch, we walked around the Kaikoura peninsula before driving back to Nelson. It was a great opportunity to stretch our legs and explore new territory before the 4-hour trip to Nelson.
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Photos: Kaikoura Whale Watching

NEW ZEALAND | Sunday, 14 Apr 2019 | Photo Gallery

This was our 3rd trip to New Zealand and we've gone to Kaikoura each time to watch whales. This trip didn't disappoint although the seas were a bit rough at time.
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Photos: To Kaikoura

NEW ZEALAND | Saturday, 13 Apr 2019 | Photo Gallery

We took a couple of days to drive from Nelson to Kaikoura for whale watching and to check on the road rebuild after the 2016 earthquake. Here are two points of interest along our trip there.
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Photos: Abel Tasman Sailing

NEW ZEALAND | Tuesday, 9 Apr 2019 | Photo Gallery

We definitely wanted so spend more time on the water during this trip to New Zealand. What better way to tick that box than to have a sailing adventure in Abel Tasman National Park.
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Photos: Nelson Sunsets

NEW ZEALAND | Saturday, 6 Apr 2019 | Photo Gallery

We had sweeping views of Nelson Bay and Abel Tasman National Park from our holiday house in Nelson. Consequently, we had stunning sunrises and sunsets across the watery panorama.
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Photos: Craters of the Moon

NEW ZEALAND | Wednesday, 3 Apr 2019 | Photo Gallery

Just north of Taupo is a small thermal reserve, Craters of the Moon. Looking at these photos, it's easy to see how the name came about.
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Photos: Napier

NEW ZEALAND | Tuesday, 2 Apr 2019 | Photo Gallery

A nice side trip to Napier so we could visit some of our favorite places (Te Mata Peak) and see some new locations (Otatara Pa).
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Photos: Aratiatia Dam

NEW ZEALAND | Thursday, 28 Mar 2019 | Photo Gallery

The ravine below the dam was used to film scenes in The Hobbit. So, of course we had to stop by and take a peek.
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Photos: Sunrise on Lake Taupo

NEW ZEALAND | Wednesday, 27 Mar 2019 | Photo Gallery

We had some stunning sunrises at Lake Taupo. Here's a sampling of some of the best.
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Photos: Rotorua Canopy Tour

NEW ZEALAND | Tuesday, 26 Mar 2019 | Photo Gallery

Our 2nd visit to Canopy Tour in Rotorua. They added a longer excursion with more ziplines, so OF COURSE we had to take it!
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