Queenstown Area – An Adult Adventureland

Given our choice of Whistler for our next home, it’s no wonder we like the southwest area of the South Island so much: mountains, valleys, forests, lakes, rivers, and the Tasman Sea. We spent an afternoon in Wanaka and 2 nights in Queenstown, packed full of adventure. Topography of the Queenstown area. From the…

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East to West over the Southern Alps of NZ

We traversed the Southern Alps, spending a couple nights near Arthur’s Pass, an afternoon on Franz Josef Glacier, and a couple nights on the West Coast on Lake Moeraki. Our first view of the Southern Alps…rising off of the Canterbury Plains. Some of this snow was fresh from the night before. Castle Hill Basin is located in…

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Albatross and Dolphins and Whales – Oh My!

We had a gorgeous, but long (>6 hour), drive from the Abel Tasman area to Kaikoura, through lovely orchards, horse country and farms at first, then up and over the middle spine of the country, with passes, high valleys and some very sparsely populated areas. The November 2016 earthquakes (see below) resulted in many rockslides over coastal Highway 1,…

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Hiking & Sailing in the Marlborough Sounds

On to the South Island of New Zealand, where we will spend the next month. We flew from Kerikeri airport where we went through NO SECURITY whatsoever, including our stopover in Auckland! What a throwback. As a matter of fact, we have found New Zealand a delightful mix of throwbacks and enlightened attitudes: old-style motels, campervans, no security, prevalent hitchhiking…..and…

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NZ Bay of Islands and Northlands

We left the Coromandel Peninsula to drive north to the Bay of Islands and the Northlands… an area we hadn’t yet visited on our previous trip to New Zealand. We were pleasantly surprised by topography on our drive north of Auckland; much more hilly and varied than we anticipated. This area is rich in history. Māori…

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NZ North Island Adventures

Often on our travels, either when we’re just starting out somewhere, trying something unique or new, or when things are not going quite as planned, Shauna will say… ‘We’re on a’venture!” … an adaptation from the prequel to the Lord of the Rings, The Hobbit: Bilbo Baggins: I’m already late. Hobbit: Late for what? Bilbo Baggins: …

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