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April 1, 2011 April Fools Day: After a super evening at Tombstone Backpackers Hostel……just a really friendly, very clean, and full of warmth and friendliness from everyone that is there……we had a great breakfast of FRESHLY bake and quite hot “scones”. More like our country made biscuits at home, but nevertheless, they were just super!!!! All kinds of bread for toast making, cereals, butter, and tons of honey and jams available……free of charge!!! We packed things up, loaded the car, and then by 9AM we were down at the local Library where we could access the FREE wifi, rather than pay the $5 for one hour at the hostel. We both used the wifi, and then we walked around on the lovely main street of Picton…….full of great NZ type items….some very artistic and some very ... read more

Oceania » New Zealand » South Island » Picton March 31st 2011

March 31, 2011: Another slow beginning to this day……a day which commemorates exactly 68 years since I became a part of this exciting and incredible world!!! Since we did not have but about 1.5 hours of traveling to get to our next destination……Picton…….we didn’t leave until a bit after 10AM. I received a wonderful BD card from the 1st Lady… well as some dark chocolate kisses made by Hershey. I suppose she brought them with her without me knowing it…..hmmmm…..perhaps I need to open my eyes a bit wider??? We drove back across a mountain range…..for the 3rd time: 1) when we first arrived on the South Island and drove from Picton to Nelson; 2) when we arrived in Nelson from Kaikoura and had driven through Blenheim and the winery regions; 3) this time going from ... read more
Picton Marina:  Largest marina in South Island

Oceania » New Zealand » South Island » Nelson Region » Nelson March 30th 2011

March 30, 2011: WOW…….WHAT A DAY!!!!!! The morning went by rather slowly after I confirmed that I would be flying/gliding today. The weather was super…..and so the 1st Lady and I lounged around the grounds of this lovely hostel. 12 noon came and so did our van shuttle which picked us up to take us to the top of the mountain for the paragliding experience. The 1st Lady went to take pictures with my camera, as the “pilot” had his own camera and video which he took from the air. After about a 15 minute harrowing ride up this mt. with the 1st Lady covering her eyes and leaning downward between the rows of seats, as the height and the gravel road just about did her in!! When we arrived at the top, the pilot and ... read more

Oceania » New Zealand » South Island » Nelson Region March 29th 2011

March 29, 2011: Absolutely the most gorgeous travel day we have experienced, I believe. Not one tiny wisp of a cloud in the sky…..and the first hour plus, was a drive that hugged the coastline about as close as the road could get without crashing into the rugged, jagged cliffs hanging over the shoulder of the road. We left right at 9AM, after a great night’s sleep in Lyelle’s Creek Lodge……that marvelous place we have stayed for the past two nights. Such a refreshing drive…..and we arrived in the Blenheim area about 11am……driving through acres and acres and acres and more and more acres of vineyards!!!! WOW……just about beats any wine area I have ever visited…..perhaps it does “beat” any that I have seen!! We decided to visit a few this morning since we were making ... read more
Salt plant

Oceania » New Zealand March 28th 2011

March 28, 2011: Can it actually get much better????? I really do not think so! This morning we had a very leisurely breakfast, looking out the front windows of the dining room, up on the second floor, and from there we could see the brilliant blue of the Pacific Ocean….calm and serene. And, but turning about 90 degrees, we could see the high mountains, this morning they were covered with snow!!!!!!!! Yep……we had a cold front roar, literally, through Kaikoura about 10pm last night…..and it rained buckets, as well as high winds roaring around us Then it quickly turned much, much colder……and, hence…..the snow on the mountain tops. BEAUTIFUL!!!!!!!! WOW!!! We drove down to the city center after breakfast and purchased a few things in some of the cool shops there…….went to the I center….for information ... read more
1st Lady's Paua meat lunch
GREAT seafood food  wagon

Oceania » New Zealand » South Island » Kaikoura March 27th 2011

March 27, 2011: WOW…WOW…..a beautiful morning which evolved into a spectacular day…..such a great day to be alive!!! We had a quick breakfast outside on the tables on the deck…..and then quickly packed up our things, checked out of this not-very-good hostel…..and headed down to the little town’s center. Parking along the side of the street….no parking meters in this town……we began to saunter up the street, stopping in most of the little shops to look around at what they had to offer. This town is definitely a tourist town…..a place to come to the shore, but not to swim. No swimming on the beach here, which stretches for several miles, due to the currents and huge amounts of large ragged and jagged boulders and rocks in the water all along this shoreline. Sooooo, there are ... read more
Views from our 3 hour tramp(hike) across the peninsula

Oceania » New Zealand » South Island » Kaikoura March 27th 2011

March 26, 2011: A great night’s sleep in the motel room(s)…..and soooo much room to spread out, as well as watch some American shows on the wide-screen plasma tv. This morning……as I looked outside, I realized that the dew was really, really heavy…..with the car continually dripping beads of moisture. We had our normal holiday breakfast of some really good many-grained toast and jams, as well as the coffee(instant) and hot tea for the 1st Lady. We repacked out necessary things into the bags, replaced the fridge items into our cooler bag, and before too long we were on our way…..again. We left this very, very clean little town of Fairly, located in central NZ…..about 9:15AM. As we drove, we encountered more and more rolling hills…..and, with the sun slowly rising on a cloudless sky(this morning), ... read more
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Oceania » New Zealand » South Island » Kaikoura March 27th 2011

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