Top Ten in New Zealand: in which we bid a fond farewell

August 12, 2013 in New Zealand, Oceania, Travelogue

The view from seat 28 E is blue skies and puffy white cloud as we glide across the Tasman Sea from Auckland toward Sydney. If our entrance to New Zealand […]

Last Days in New Zealand

August 10, 2013 in New Zealand, Oceania

In 24 hours the wheels will be leaving the runway and we’ll be leaving New Zealand, perhaps for a very long time.  We love it here. It’s been a beautiful […]

Cape Reinga: it’s all fun and games until someone blows out a tire

August 3, 2013 in New Zealand, Oceania

The view from the lighthouse at Cape Reinga is stunning. The northernmost tip of New Zealand, where the Tasman Sea meets the Pacific Ocean feels like the end of the […]

Skiing Mt. Ruapehu: Science, speed-dating, the spectrum & scent memories

July 29, 2013 in New Zealand, Oceania, Travelogue

Two of the young people pointed out the same thing to me on separate rides up the lift: “There are no trees… remember how we always did our trees on […]

Skiing Turoa: Of mountains and misadventures

July 28, 2013 in New Zealand, Oceania, Travelogue

The first sounds I heard this morning were a dog barking in the distance and a little girl giggling in the room above us. She was hanging off of the […]

Camper Vanning New Zealand: How To

July 26, 2013 in Inspiration, New Zealand, Oceania, Travelogue

We’re closing in on the end of our sixth month in New Zealand. I have to say, it’s been one of the pleasantest places we’ve had the privilege to travel. […]

On the road again…

July 22, 2013 in New Zealand, Oceania, Travelogue

It feels good to be back in our little camper pod. We enjoyed housesitting in Paraparaumu very much. The best part was making new friends, as our hosts are just […]

Paraparaumu to Pukerua Bay: My feet hurt

July 21, 2013 in New Zealand, Oceania, Travelogue

I learned something important this week: My hiking boots will not do for the long haul.  Friday morning I set out under optimistic blue skies on a 22 km hike […]

Saturday Morning Adventures

July 12, 2013 in New Zealand, Oceania, Travelogue

What do we do when we have no place to go? Three weeks into our housesit in Paraparaumu we’re beginning to discover a few of the local delights: Like the […]

Moving forward… making onward plans for Australia

July 3, 2013 in New Zealand, Oceania, Travelogue

We got a text this morning, from the country of New Zealand, reminding us that our visas expire August 18th and that we should either get out, or renew them. […]

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