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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Bonzour from the Seychelles

Part 3 of our April in Africa trip: the Seychelles, an archipelago of 115 islands just south of the equator, east of Africa, and ‘a thousand miles from anywhere,’ as the tourist board slogan reminds visitors. The inner granite islands were created from a splinter of India when it tore away from Africa over 650 million years ago and were…

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