Monthly Archives: December 2013

Day Thirteen: Solstice at Stonehenge Aotearoa

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I’ll keep this post very short. Happy Solstice to you all, no matter if it’s the Summer Solstice that is being celebrated here in New Zealand or the Winter Solstice that is being celebrated back home!!  We spent the late …

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Day Twelve: Pukaha Mt. Bruce

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We left Wellington in the morning and drove to Pukaha Mt. Bruce National Wildlife Centre. Unlike the reserve we’d gone to in Wellington, this one is not surrounded by a huge predator-resistant fence. We arrived just a bit ahead of …

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Day Eleven: Then There Were Three

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Still in Wellington, and this morning my travel party grew by one friend who arrived from San Francisco. After we got her introduced and then settled in we did what we always do: Hit the streets of Wellington on foot …

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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 Six: Moving on to Nelson

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