Monthly Archives: December 2013

Day Twenty Three: Motueka / Abel Tasman on New Year’s Eve!!

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  How do you spend the last day of the year when you’re on vacation in New Zealand? You take the break-in-the-rain opportunity to go out to one of the most beautiful beach areas I’ve seen here, Abel Tasman National …

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Day Twenty Two: Blenheim Wine Tour, then on to Motueka!

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Our Blenheim morning started with food from the grocery store across the street and some take-away flat whites. Then it was time to meet Carol our guide for our Marlborough Wine tour! We went to three wineries: Hunters, Allan Scott, …

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Day Twenty One: Christchurch to Blenheim

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Morning in Christchurch = overcast and sprinkly. We stopped into Bean Scene for breakfast / coffee: We all wandered over toward the CBD, with the ultimate goal of getting to Arts Centre Bookshop to see my friend Darryl and to …

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Day Twenty: KatiKati with Goina and then on to Auckland Airport

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It was the final pack-up for my leg-one traveling companion, so after a very careful repacking of the many art, adorable stuffed animals, and other items into the luggage it was on the road to go meet someone we both …

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Day Nineteen: OUR Hobbit Hole, Waitomo Caves, Otorohanga

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Yes, that’s right. We stayed in a Hobbit hole for two nights! Not an actual Hobbit Hole in Hobbiton, but one at Woodlyn Park near the Waitomo Caves. The gentleman who created the hotel, which is a series of unique …

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Day Eighteen: Boxing Day and The Split Off

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What in the heck is the big deal about boxing? I thought you’d never ask. Here in New Zealand (and many other places whose roots can be traced back to Mother England) the day after Christmas is traditionally celebrated as …

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Day Seventeen: Christmas in Rotorua!!

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MERRY CHRISTMAS from Rotorua, New Zealand!! We didn’t leave town today, because darn near EVERYTHING was closed for Christmas! We splurged and ordered our eggs and toast from the hotel, because we weren’t sure we’d find anyplace else open. We …

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Day Sixteen: Going 100% Hobbity!!!

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Christmas Eve in Rotorua found us at Robert Harris Coffee for breakfast, and then on the road to Hobbiton for our 11 a.m. tour. This is something that I’ll be doing again in a couple of weeks with other friends, …

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Day Fifteen: Napier – Lake Taupo – Rotorua

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On the road again! This time it was from Art Deco Napier to Geothermally Active (read: smells like sulphur!) Rotorua. In order to break the drive into parts that my body could handle we stopped along the way at Lake …

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Day Fourteen: Moving on to Art Deco Napier!

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We arrived in Napier after driving over from Greytown and Stonehenge Aotearoa. The 250 km drive was an easy one, all on State Highway 2, which is the major road up from Wellington toward the east coast, Napier, and Hawke’s …

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