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Oceania » New Zealand » North Island » Whangarei March 15th 2014

the storm was certainly rough and wild - I went for a walk this morning and took a few photos... read more
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Oceania » New Zealand » North Island » Whangarei March 15th 2014

Joseph, Stacey and Thomas came up to Whangarei on Friday night despite the Luisi Cyclone....We have had lots of cuddles, kisses and tons of tea!! Here are a few photos to share...... read more
Father and son
Kitty kat is in on the action
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Oceania » New Zealand » South Island » Mackenzie District March 15th 2014

After a sparse breakfast and a walk around the golf course, we left our bags and collected our lunches from the shop across the road. From there we headed to the Benmore Dam where we had to bike up a steep incline to the top of the dam. That was not a nice way to start the day! It was steep and I was knackered by the time I reached the top. It was a grand view out over the Waitaki Valley and well worth the effort. From there the Speedos flew down the incline on the other side of the dam. From there on it was an easy ride on the far side of the Lake Aviemore past lovely picnic and camping areas along many part of the lake. It would be a superb place ... read more
Morning tea stop

Oceania » New Zealand » South Island » Akaroa March 15th 2014

This morning we sailed into the harbor of Akaroa. This is a sheltered bay on the opposite side of a volcanic range from the port of Littleton and the town of Christchurch. It was a little cool on deck this morning as we walked on the deck going to breakfast. Our tour was scheduled to meet in the theater at 8:10, so we only had time for the buffet. Unfortunately, Janet wasn’t feeling well and she decided to stay on the ship today instead of going for the excursion. But David went to the theater and got checked in. This tour didn’t actually get called to the tender until about 8:45. He boarded the little orange lifeboat and rode about 20 minutes to the pier in Akaroa. The bus was not completely full, and David was ... read more
Sheep scattered on hillside
Dog Herding Sheep
Demolished Christchurch Cathedral

Oceania » New Zealand » South Island » Nelson Region » Nelson March 15th 2014

2 years of planning ....... Not long to go now .... Counting down the weeks. We leave for our 18week holiday to Europe on May 23rd. Flights all booked ..... Most accommodation booked ...... excitement & trepidation increasing. Passports are in the process of being renewed. Am thinking of what clothes to take.... read more


Oceania » New Zealand March 14th 2014

Hello from Wellington – capitol of New Zealand. We arrived bright and early today. The sky was clear all day and only a slight breeze for most of the time, so it was a comfortable temperature – probably around 70 for most of the day. They predict that the next couple of days on the Southern Island will actually be cooler, but we’ve been having such great weather that maybe we will be lucky enough to have it continue. Janet’s knee is doing better, although fortunately we had an easy tour scheduled today. But we are hopeful that she is over that problem. The laptop is still working so we will continue publishing the blog. We started this day (being a Friday in Lent) with a meatless breakfast in the Horizon Court. We then went down ... read more
David at Congressional Archives
Janet examining Alter Clothes
NZ Parliment Chamber - Beehive

Oceania » New Zealand » South Island March 14th 2014

WEDNESDAY -Taxi picked us up from Airport Lodge as organised at 7.30am. Apollo was only a short ride away $16 taxi fare. We arrived before the store was open but that was a good thing because we wanted to get out on the road with our camper as early as possible. After signing all the necessary paperwork we left Apollo before 9am and headed into Christchurch and the surrounding suburbs to check out the earthquake damage. Christchurch is like a ghost town these days - lots of construction happening and lots of road closures. The street of the city are basically empty - it certainly is a very sad sight to see. More than 1000 buildings have been demolished in the city centre and construction is full on. The weather in the morning was overcast and ... read more

Oceania » New Zealand » South Island » Mackenzie District March 14th 2014

The stay at Lake Ohau Lodge has been fantastic. The service is excellent and the outlook stunning - looking up to the head of the lake with flat station grazing at the head waters. After a full breakfast we headed off early on a cool morning. We knew the day would be long so we wanted to get the hilly part out of the way before it warmed up. What was supposed to be rolling at the start followed by a long continuous uphill, turned out to be long continuous uphill from the start. It was a slow grind uphill all the way for nearly 11kms. The description says easy cycling. Yeah, right! Maybe for someone in their 20s or 30s! The track was often very rough with angular stones to bounce you about or slow ... read more
At the end of the tussock ride
The completed bike trail along Lake Benmore

Oceania » New Zealand » North Island » Whangarei March 13th 2014

Today was a 'red letter' day for me - we had Jill and David visiting for a short while from Duffield, Derbyshire on their way home to the UK after their big trip around Australia and New Zealand for 8 weeks. It was very exciting to realise that Jill looked exactly the same after 20 years and had the same bubbly personality and the same lovely husband!! Fantastic that both families are doing well on both sides of the world.... read more
Where is your grey hair Jill?
We look happy

Oceania » New Zealand March 13th 2014

Did you like that cliffhanger yesterday? Was Janet’s knee going to feel better or were we going to have to cancel the rest of our plan? Were we even going to be able to keep the computer working so we could tell you about her status? Fortunately there is fairly GOOD news on both fronts. The ship did not get to port until about 11:00 AM, so we could sleep pretty much as late as we wanted. That gave Janet a full night’s sleep and a couple of pain pills to recover. We actually got up about 7:30, got dressed and went up to the dining room. Janet got another order of Eggs Benedict and David had an Omelet. We were going to go to the Medical Center if Janet’s knee wasn’t feeling better, but she ... read more
Janet taking something
at Ngatarawa Winery
Mission Winery Building

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