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So long, New Zealand; hello, Australia

CHRISTCHURCH, NEW ZEALAND — Time had slipped away, and we felt we shortchanged Christchurch. Continue reading “So long, New Zealand; hello, Australia”

Earthquake and a dinner party

CHRISTCHURCH, NEW ZEALAND — We woke up at 8am this morning to a gently swaying house. Continue reading “Earthquake and a dinner party”

Day sail in a French town

AKAROA, NEW ZEALAND — We knew we wanted to do a day trip today, but didn’t know where to go. Continue reading “Day sail in a French town”

Excitement on the Rangitata

FAIRLIE, NEW ZEALAND — Today, we went on our last scheduled activity in New Zealand, a rafting trip down the Rangitata River. Continue reading “Excitement on the Rangitata”

Hiking at the foot of Mount Cook

TWIZEL, NEW ZEALAND — The hiking gods must have read our post, because we had a perfect day at Aoraki, a.k.a. Mount Cook National Park. Continue reading “Hiking at the foot of Mount Cook”

Poets and steampunk on the Otago coast

DUNEDIN, NEW ZEALAND — Our host Philip was very keen that we see yellow-eyed penguins, and before we left, he made sure we knew where to find them.

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On the road to Dunedin

INVERCARGILL, NEW ZEALAND — For the third time, we drove the coastal road through the Catlins, this time heading for Nugget Point Lighthouse.

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Sun and sandflies on Doubtful Sound

TE ANAU, NEW ZEALAND — As much as the hiking gods have frowned on us, the kayaking gods have smiled on us.

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Back to Te Anau

INVERCARGILL, NEW ZEALAND — As always, we took our tourist duties very seriously in Invercargill.

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