Monthly Archives: November 2012

Akaroa (travel blog, the final chapter)

My last full day in New Zealand I decided to venture out on my own. I picked up a brochure in the hotel that offered a bus to and from Akaroa, a French settlement in New Zealand. The brochure indicated … Continue reading

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Mt Cook/Lake Tekapo (travel blog pt 12)

The final day of our coach tour began by our final journey into the mountains to see Mt Cook. The weather could not have been more obliging. The vistas were stunning, the wind gently sweeping snow off the peaks. A … Continue reading

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Dunedin (travel blog part 11)

Dunedin is called the Edinburgh of the Southern Hemisphere. It’s train station (seen below) is the second most photographed building in the Southern Hemisphere (after the Sydney Opera House). For the most part Dunedin is a big, industrial city. The … Continue reading

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Arrowtown/Milford Sound/ Te Anau (travel blog part 10)

We left Queenstown and briefly stopped in Arrowtown. Arrowtown was a holdover from the gold mining days of New Zealand. Similar to such places in the US, there is a little museum collection of the sights and sounds of yesteryear. … Continue reading

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Queenstown/Walter Peak (travel blog pt 9)

The next day was a free day. My new Aussie friend, Donna, and I headed back up the steep cliff near the gondola ride to visit the Kiwi Birdlife Park. The bulk of that experience is already discussed under the … Continue reading

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Fox Glacier/Knight’s Point/Queenstown(travel blog pt 8)

We awoke in Franz Josepf to a beautiful, clear morning and once again hit the road. It was a grueling day on the road, but with several beauty breaks that made it all worthwhile. Our first stop was Fox Glacier. … Continue reading

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Tranzalpine rail and Franz Josepf (travel blog part 7)

Our tour got an early start the next morning, and we boarded the Tranzalpine railway. It was my first time on a “real” train, much to the shock of my travel companions. Once we cleared the industrial center of Christchurch … Continue reading

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Christchurch (travel blog part 6)

The first day of our tour was devoted to most people arriving from overseas, and a welcome dinner. I had most of the day free and Hasselfreetours (that ran the Edoras tour) offered me 50% off their 3 hour double-decker … Continue reading

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Journey to Edoras (travel blog part 5)

My first full day in New Zealand began with one of my favorite parts of the trip, a journey to Edoras, aka Mt Sunday. It was a long but beautiful drive past the foothills of the Canterbury plains, with lots … Continue reading

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Birds of New Zealand (travel blog part 4)

I was commissioned by some bird-loving friends of mine to photograph every bird I came across in New Zealand. There were two challenges to this quest. The first being that I have a deeply latent fear of birds. I have … Continue reading

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