Category Archives: New Zealand

From Te Awanga to Taupo

We drove through Napier, a town that suffered​ complete devastation due to an earthquake and resulting fire. The build back was in the 1930s when art deco was the rage. We had our last look at Cape Kidnappers across the … Continue reading

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Cape Kidnappers & the Gannett Colony

Mamma Mia this was fun. Cape Kidnappers, so named because of an incident with Captain James Cook, is privately owned. It has a golf course, exclusive lodge, 3000 head of sheep, cattle, and is simply stunning. It also his the … Continue reading

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From Wellington to Te Awanga

Another sparkling day accompanying us as we left lovely Wellington heading north the 220 miles to Hawkes Bay and Te Awanga. We headed up along the Tararua Range of mountains making a crossing over a pass called Rimutaka Crossing. Here … Continue reading

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Wellington Botanical Garden

The botanical garden is simply wonderful. Tumbling down the mountain side it offers great variety. We started off with a cloudy day and ended with our first truly sunny day since arriving five days ago. Warned up to 61 degrees. … Continue reading

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Windy Welly Waterfront

Wellington is known as windy Welly – and it has been! It has a beautiful waterfront complete with working places, restaurants, and wonderful public spaces full of art. Just a lot of fun. City hall, the library, and a museum … Continue reading

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More of Auckland

We really enjoyed Auckland. We’re not big city people, but we always enjoy them. We’re​ always glad to get back to our little town but the energy, diversity, food and culture opportunities make the big city a nice change of … Continue reading

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Auckland, NewZealand

We are visiting New Zealand for the first time on our way to seeing our daughter in Australia. Starting off in Auckland. Lots of rain, but beautiful with fabulous food. Today we took the short ferry ride over to Devonport, … Continue reading

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