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Adventures in Kaikoura Crayfish

Adventures in Kaikoura Crayfish

I spent my last full day on the South Island by driving from Havelock to Kaikoura for a whale watching cruise. While that experience will get a post of it’s own later, I was told by more than one person that I had to try the local seafood specialty, the crayfish. I asked a few […]

Finishing up My Time on the South Island

Finishing up My Time on the South Island

I’m down to my last two days on the South Island, and if I were a gambling man, I’d bet good money the North Island can’t top my time here. Yesterday started with a visit to the Tauranga Bay Seal Colony. These seals were so cute, laying out in the sun. The adult seals clearly […]

Halfway Home

Halfway Home

Today I reached the halfway point of my trip. I’m having an amazing time, no question about that. I mentioned in my last post that I am avoiding too much reflection or introspection about the trip while on the trip. My reasoning for this is simple- I’m spending my time looking at the rest of […]

Onward to New Zealand’s Wild & Rainy We(s)t Coast

Onward to New Zealand’s Wild & Rainy We(s)t Coast

Greetings from a soggy Franz Josef Glacier, a town on New Zealand’s West Coast. The West Coast, or the ‘Wet Coast’ as I’ve been told the Kiwis call it, is living up to it’s name so far. More on that later. As I mentioned yesterday on Facebook, I did finally get my scenic flight. I’d […]

Complicated Queenstown

Complicated Queenstown

I finally managed to tear myself away from Fiordland today, and headed to Queenstown. The drive was beautiful, and I got the above photo which is kind of iconic for New Zealand- Mountains & Sheep… As with most things on this trip, I’ll have a much longer post about Queenstown, but I was surprised to […]

A “Sound” Couple of Days

A “Sound” Couple of Days

I’ll have longer posts on all of these experiences, but for now a quick update on where I’ve been the last 3 incredible days.  Small Boat Excursion on Doubtful Sound’s First Arm inlet  On Saturday the 19th, I boarded took a overnight cruise with the company Real Journeys on Doubtful Sound. The sound was so […]

A Guided Tour of Dunedin

A Guided Tour of Dunedin

I was fortunate to get a guided tour of Dunedin, New Zealand’s only true University town, Andrew Kilsby, a Dunedin resident I became friends with through a mutual friend who I went to college with and who Andy attended high school with for a year in the United States. It was kind of him to […]

An Adventure at Slope Point, New Zealand

An Adventure at Slope Point, New Zealand

I am pretty ridiculous sometimes when it comes to the things I will do to get a photo I really want. One of those situations came to pass on the sixth day of my current trip to New Zealand. I really wanted photos of myself at the Northernmost & Southernmost points in New Zealand. As […]

Foiled by the Weather at Lake Tekapo

Foiled by the Weather at Lake Tekapo

I knew I would have some weather issues visiting New Zealand at the beginning of their winter, so it cam as little surprise to me when I woke up on my third day here to foggy and overcast. In most places, this is a slight inconvenience, but I was heading inland to some of the country’s […]

First Glimpses of New Zealand

First Glimpses of New Zealand

I intend to do a few scenic flights here in New Zealand (weather permitting, of course), but I was lucky enough to have already had one of sorts on my flight from Auckland to Christchurch right at the beginning of the trip. I didn’t have my DSLR camera put together (it was in my bag […]

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