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 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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Day Ten, part 2: Zealandia!

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There is a night tour that can be booked for Zealandia, Wellington’s nature reserve. It starts at 8:30 p.m. and goes for 2.5 hours. Our group size was very small, about a dozen people plus two guides. They start with …

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Day Ten, part 1: Walking Wellington!!

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This post might take me a while to get posted. Sorry for the delay!! I took a lot of photos and it’ll take a bit to get them all on. From the time we walked down the hill in the …

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Day Nine: Island hopping: Nelson-Picton-Wellington

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Today was a travel day. It forced me to admit that I’ll need to post a box home (and soon!) when I had to squish everything into my suitcase, and my small carry-on bag was almost as heavy as my …

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Day 8, part 2: Joya Garden and Villas (Nelson)

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The past 3 nights we’ve been staying at Joya Garden and Villas in Nelson. It’s a well-placed walk away from central Nelson. The garden is tranquil and beautiful and attracts many birds, so birdsong is always coming through the open …

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Day Eight: Nelson (-OR- This is NOT a food blog!)

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Monday morning. And we chose to start this, our second week in New Zealand, at a leisurely pace by just hanging out in Nelson’s CBD (central business district), and checking out shops that we’d seen but not been in to …

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Day Seven: Abel Tasman National Park

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Still based in Nelson, sunny Nelson… I finally made it to Abel Tasman National Park, which is a place I’ve seen in many photos over the years in books I’ve purchased from my favorite New Zealand bookstore, Arts Centre Bookshop …

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Day Five: Farewell Spit Eco-Tour (and more about the Cheeky Waiter)

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I stand corrected. It was not Abel Tasman that we were headed to this morning, but to Collingwood so that we could take the Farewell Spit Eco-Tour. It was another up-and-at-’em early morning. I truly wish I could manage to …

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Day Four: Drive, Walk, Drive some more!

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Before I begin writing about today I have to get something out in the open. I’ve not been telling you the whole truth when I’ve said that I love everything about New Zealand. There is something that really bugs me, …

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