Tag Archives: NewZealand

Survived the Christchurch Earthquake!

Just a quick word to let everyone know that Karen and I (and our friends Mark and Dana) are safe and well in the aftermath of the earthquake. Karen and I were downtown and saw the famous downtown cathedral steeple … Continue reading

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Pirates and Trip Preparations

Probably most of you have heard the news about the four Americans hi-jacked by pirates in the Indian Ocean last Friday. Our hopes and prayers are with the crew of s/v Quest and that they will be released safely and … Continue reading

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Change in Travel Tempo

Since we arrived in New Zealand, our travel tempo has changed dramatically. When we were crossing the Pacific, we had a more regular tempo where every few days (usually no more than a week) we would pull up anchor and … Continue reading

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Rest of Pass Trip and Photos

We completed first the Lewis Pass, visited Greymouth on the western shore of the south island of New Zealand, and then back over the Arthur’s Pass before returning to Christchurch. Read the previous two posts for more details. After stopping … Continue reading

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More New Zealand Camping

We continue our first camping/sightseeing tour of the south island of New Zealand. We decided the first two nights worked out well, so we’re making a several day trip out of it. On Monday the weather suddenly changed in the … Continue reading

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First Camping Trip in New Zealand

We had a delay of one day before leaving on our camping trip. But, we finally left on Saturday morning. We had a nice drive up to Hanmer springs. I always enjoy driving on the metric system. It’s fun seeing … Continue reading

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Christchurch Sightseeing Part II

Yesterday we had a really nice day. Karen and I finally appear to be getting over the nasty cold/flu. We checked out of our hotel room at last and moved over to Mark and Dana’s apartment near Hagley Park. They … Continue reading

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First Sightseeing in Christchurch

Yesterday our friends Mark and Dana from s/v Northfork returned from their hiking trip. They braved being exposed to our colds and came over with their car to take us to downtown Christchurch for lunch. Going into town there were … Continue reading

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Now in Christchurch

We had smooth travels yesterday leaving from Whangarei, riding a bus to Auckland, catching a flight to Christchurch, and arriving at a hotel. There were no delays, and no long layovers between segments. We took a super shuttle instead of … Continue reading

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Embarking on New Zealand Travels

Today we’re finally going to begin our travels of New Zealand. We will take a bus to Auckland again, and catch a flight to Christchurch – on the South Island. Our first order of business will be to acquire a … Continue reading

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