Category: New Zealand

10/15/2016: Touring Christchurch

I didn’t even get to write my blog about the damage seen in our visit to Christchurch before the next earthquake has devastated New Zealand.  Kaikoura and the surrounding area is one of the most beautiful areas that I have ever experienced and hope…

Kaikoura: May you Sleep Peacefully Again Soon – Wordless Wednesday

Hoiho Quest

When I research a trip, I make a list of must sees, like to see, and hope to see.  On this year’s trip to the South Island of New Zealand, Kiwi’s and penguins were pretty high on the priority list.  It’s great to read all…

Southern Fur Seals

It’s always interesting when the rock moves and you realize that it never was a rock.  At the base of the cliff at the end of Victory Beach on the Otago Peninsula we found a couple of southern fur seal pups hidden in the rocks….

My 7 Favorite Photos

My cousin challenged me to pick 7 of my favorite landscape photographs to be displayed over 7 days for a Facebook nature photo challenge.  I would like to say that they are my favorites but I imposed more rules on myself than need be….

10/21/2015: Biking along Cook’s Bay

The day started with an amazing sunrise over Cook’s Bay.  I am usually very good with directions but flying into another hemisphere, 2 cloudy days and driving around a peninsula have totally thrown me off.  The sun appears to be rising from the north….

10/20/2014: Touring Coromandel Peninsula

It wasn’t on the itinerary but The Coromandel was one of those happy accidents that make traveling so fun.  With the suggestion of friends, we drove a loop through the Coromandel Peninsula.  Our first hike was through a very different kind of forest for…

10/19/2014: New Zealand

It was a day of firsts! I had dreamed of this trip for 20 years and we were finally there.  We had landed in Auckland, had our first flat-white, picked up the camper-van, and driven to my cousins house.  We took a short walk…

10/29/2014: Touring Auckland

Our final day in New Zealand was spent with my cousin as the tour guide.  It was grey and raining and, since she was driving, we never really knew where we were until we got home and looked at a map. The day started…

10/28/2014: Flight over Kaikoura

As I wrote in Sun Salutations, I love to see the sunrise.  But it was interesting to be so close to the international dateline and realize that I was one of the first people in the world to see the day begin.  But the concept…

10/27/2014: Hike Nelson Lakes National Park

What a difference a day makes!  From turquoise waters to almost alpine conditions. We spent the night in Nelson Lakes National Park on the banks of Lake Rotoiti.  Finding Kaka’s in the trees near the campground was one of the highlights of the trip.  Having…

10/26/2014: Kayaking Adele Island

We started our day at Karhu Kayaks in Marahau, New Zealand renting a double kayak.  As soon as the safety briefing was over, we paddled straight for Adele Island which we had seen on yesterday’s hike.  We were hoping to see penguins in the wild…