Stories from Pacific Islands

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Christchurch Bed and Breakfast – Featherstone

If you don’t have 3 or 4 weeks to see New Zealand, you might want to consider flying to Christchurch from Auckland and maybe even on to Queenstown. We stayed in the Christchurch airport motel, on arrival because we could…

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Coffee and Beer Guide for Americans in New Zealand

Since our 12th day in New Zealand consisted primarily of driving from Milford Sound to Mount Cook,  I will devote this post to a guide for coffee and beer in New Zealand. Coffee in New Zealand

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Milford Sound New Zealand

We had booked a cruise of Milford Sound and within an hour of our arrival were chugging away from the wharf.  We were booked with Mitre Peak cruises for a small 40 person boat, but being the last cruise of…

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Te Anau and the Milford Road – New Zealand

Te Anau Time pack up again and press on. I made fun of the New Zealand Policeman counseling session / speeding ticket, but I realize I had gotten back into the hurry sickness that makes travel unpleasant. Ever since the…

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Hiking and Bungy – Queenstown New Zealand

After sorting through a myriad of options, we decided not to do the gondola ride, or the luge or the steamboat ride to the working sheep farm.  We decided to hike, but then we had decide which hike.  We settled…

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Queenstown New Zealand – Adventure Capital

It was 3 :30 PM and wee had not been at the Queenstown House for more than 10 minutes , when we had booked a Jetboat trip in Skippers Canyon.   5 minutes later the bus picked us up and off…

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Penguins, Boulders and Oamaru Creek Bed and Breakfast

Off we went to grab supper at a place called Cucina 1871 in Oamaru before trying to see penguins. It was Italian, but we actually both had seafood. I had Blue Cod and Linda had Salmon. Both were prepared very…

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Slow Day- Auckland To ChristChurch

Once again we have all day to make the 2 or 3 hour drive to Auckland.   So we had a slow and lazy time over breakfast chatting with two young women from Germany.   Typical Europeans, they had 4 weeks to…

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Rotorua – Tongariro – Redwood Lodge Waitomo

We had  all day to make the 3 hour drive to Tongariro national park.   So we stopped at the Rotorua Museum for a bit of Maori history.   The history is mixed with mythology and is quite interesting.  There is a…

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From Auckland to Hobbiton – Middle Earth

We had an uneventful flight to Auckland from Papeete, Tahiti  early on New Years day.  It was only a 5 hour flight, but when we got there it was the 2nd !!  And there waiting for us was our old…

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