Monthly Archives: January 2014

Day Forty Four: Karangahake Gorge revisited!

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Before I officially start my post for today, let me say HAPPY BIRTHDAY to four people who are important to me: Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., Robert “Bob” Starkey, Lucie Hecht and Peter Eldredge!! Best wishes for a marvelous day …

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Day Forty Three: Kauri Forest to the “Mountain of Love”

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On the road again!! I’m headed over to Te Aroha which is near a place I wanted to spend a bit more time in before I leave the north island on Wednesday– Karangahake Gorge. And wouldn’t you know it, just …

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Day Forty Two: Trounson Kauri Park

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My stay at Top 10 Holiday Park was two nights, so the morning after seeing Tane Mahuta I found myself with nothing in particular to do. I spent the morning catching up the blog and enjoying a leisurely cup of …

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Day Forty One: Tane Mahuta, Lord of the Forest

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I took a quickish walk around Orewa in the morning to check out the shops (nothing I needed), picked up a box to pack up to mail home, and had another another cuppa before getting on the road to head …

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Days Thirty Nine and Forty: Wrapping it up and Starting Over Again

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Whitianga is up on the right-hand side of the Coromandel Peninsula and is reached by driving a long, curvy road. Perhaps a bit too long on the day we did it. We were all at the point of wondering “Are …

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Day Thirty Eight: Matamata and Hobbiton, then Hobbit Hole Hotel

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In the morning I got to spend more time chatting with Joy before the rest of our crew was up. She also was really great and offered some fantastic ideas about where I should book some of my final north …

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Day Thirty Seven: Great to Even Better, with Two Good Stops in Between!

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It was birdsong and sunshine that woke us up at Lacoste Cottage in Martinborough. We had breakfast “in” and really enjoyed the huge variety of breakfast goodies that the owners had in place for us. It’s the first place we …

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Day Thirty Six: Pukaha Mt. Bruce and Martinborough

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After a nice breakfast in Wellington at the Old Bailey… …we got our show on the road and drove up to Pukaha Mt. Bruce Bird Reserve. I was there on Day Twelve so if you’re new to the blog you …

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Day Thirty Five: Walking WINDY Wellington!

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We had an entire day to explore Wellington on foot, starting from Lambton Quay where we were staying at Quest Apartments. Our day included returns to many of the spots I saw in mid-December when I was here with other …

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Day Thirty Four: Train to Picton, Ferry to Wellington!

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I was not joking when I said that we had a 6:15 a.m. pick up scheduled this morning! The Coastal-Pacific rail line runs from Christchurch up the east coast of the south island to Picton. And it leaves at 7 …

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