Monthly Archives: December 2012

Wild West Coast and Glaciers

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The west coast of New Zealand is more rustic and less populated than other parts of the country. People, who have been to Canada, compare this terrain to British Columbia. It is lush and green, nestled between the coast and …

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Canyoning – What is this? And why are we doing it?

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Canyoning, what is it and why are we doing it? My mom chose the title and as you may have guessed she was not all that enthusiastic about it. Well my answer is: Canyoning is an activity that involves swimming, …

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Christmas on the Road

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When we started this trip, we weren’t sure exactly when we would return home. We thought it would be shortly before Christmas, however, as plans unfolded, we decided we would add Florida to our itinerary and travel to have Christmas …

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Central South Island – Scenery and Puzzling

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Driving around New Zealand is a treat of amazing and beautiful scenery around each corner. There are a lot of corners; the roads are very curvy. Often the speed limits did not make sense, Brian felt he was at a …

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Gliding over Queenstown

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Jennifer and I did something really cool, it is a good way to see Queenstown ( a town in New Zealand.) We went hang gliding and it was so much fun. We started with a long drive up the mountain …

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Milford Sound

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Another “must see” in New Zealand is Fiordland. A fiord or fjord is defined as a narrow inlet of the sea between cliffs or steep slopes. The southwest corner of New Zealand is full of fiords. There are a few …

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Te Anau – Glow Worms

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After seeing the penguins, we were off to see “worms”. I had never heard of glow worms but they seem to inhabit many of the caves in Australia and New Zealand. Te Anau is supposed to be a good place …

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Oamaru — Penguins

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Penguins are one of the animals that are unique to the Southern Hemisphere, this was on our must see list. Apparently, the Little Bule Pengiuns are found on the coasts through out New Zealand. This type of penguin will go …

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Mountains and Lakes of New Zealand

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Mount Cook (known as Aoraki in native Maori) is the highest mountain in New Zealand; it is part of a mountain range called the Southern Alps that run the length of the South Island. At 3,754 metres (12,316 ft) this …

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Christchurch – Destruction and Hope

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After a few fun days in Sydney we left this city aboard an Air New Zealand flight to Christ Church in New Zealand. We had a few days in Christ Church before we picked up a motor home rental, so …

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