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My Final Blog Post from New Zealand

I’m partway through my final train trip across the northern island of NZ and then off to Fiji tomorrow. In this blog I will talk about the Alexandra Basin Wine Region, Queenstown, the drive from Queenstown to Christchurch, this two … Continue reading

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New Zealand’s South Island

I found the South Island to be less industrial, colder, less populated by humans and over-run with sheep. The scenery is also much more dramatic and beautiful with deserted rock strewn beaches and rugged snow-capped mountains. My journey in the … Continue reading

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On To Hobbiton, Hot Springs and Mud Baths…

I began my third day on the north island with 2nd Breakfast in the “Shire Café” after short hour drive from Rotorua to Hobbiton also known as the “Shire” home of the Hobbits in J.R.R. Tolkien’s classic literary works and … Continue reading

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North Island NZ – Heritage Museum, Glow Worms and the Maori Warriors – Day 2

My second morning in NZ began with a stop at McDonalds for a quick breakfast. And guess what? In NZ a McDonalds Muffin is a real fricking muffin. How cool is that! Fortified with my muffin I drove on to … Continue reading

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New Zealand’s North Island – Arrival and Day 1

When I landed in Auckland a couple of days ago, all I knew about New Zealand was a few simple facts: NZ has a storied mountaineering tradition (from Sir Edmund Hillary to Rob Hall) Middle Earth and the Shire (home … Continue reading

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