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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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On the tourist trail in the Catlins

INVERCARGILL, NEW ZEALAND — We started our second Plan B without many expectations, and it felt liberating.

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Hiking the Kepler Track

TE ANAU, NEW ZEALAND — Finally! The weather forecast is great, our boots are tied, packs are packed. Time for our hike on the Kepler Track, one of New Zealand’s nine Great Walks. Continue reading “Hiking the Kepler Track”

Sun and dolphins on Milford Sound

TE ANAU, NEW ZEALAND — You can’t visit New Zealand without going to the famous Milford Sound. Captain Cook missed it on both of his circumnavigations of the country, and when the first European literally blew into it in 1912, word quickly spread.

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Catching our breaths

QUEENSTOWN, NEW ZEALAND — Much like our usual travels, the last few weeks were a constant flurry of activity, and it was time to slow down for a day. Continue reading “Catching our breaths”

From Lake Wanaka back to Queenstown

WANAKA, NEW ZEALAND — Skies were clear Tuesday morning, and it was so much nicer gazing up at the beautiful snow-covered mountains than actually being in them, no doubt with wet boots and impending pneumonia.

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A scenic ride on the Otago Rail Trail

CHATTO CREEK, NEW ZEALAND — At the Chatto Creek Tavern, we sat chatting to Lesley for an hour and a half over breakfast, because it had rained overnight and we were in no hurry to go.

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Raging river to quiet country creek

QUEENSTOWN, NEW ZEALAND — First day of our Plan B, and it was a doozy, combining an adrenaline rush in Queenstown with a serene and authentic Kiwi experience in the countryside. Continue reading “Raging river to quiet country creek”

Back to the drawing board

QUEENSTOWN, NEW ZEALAND — This day went completely different than we had imagined. Instead of getting ready for our first New Zealand Great Walk, we had to come up with Plan B. Continue reading “Back to the drawing board”

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