New Zealand ’17: Day 12 – Queentown (Mon)

Lodging: Matakauri Lodge Date During Trip: July 10, 2017 This morning we got up early to be ready for our helicopter ride. Our waiter, Wyatt, the same young man that we had as our server for breakfast yesterday, greeted us and asked, “Are y’all ready for breakfast?” “Y’all?” I questioned. He seemed embarrassed, and corrected himself, saying he was from… Continue reading

New Zealand ’17: Day 11 – Queentown (Sun)

Lodging: Matakauri Lodge Date During Trip: July 9, 2017 I’m starting the day here writing at the desk by the roaring fire. Steve is off to the gym (6:30am). Today I’ll sift through my clothes to see what needs to be washed so I can make it to end the trip. While far from over, this trips has been wonderful:… Continue reading

New Zealand ’17: Day 10 – Abel Tasman National Park to Nelson (Sat)

Lodging: Matakauri Lodge Date During Trip: July 8, 2017 We had a leisurely morning. I figured out how to use that weird, new-fangled coffee/espresso maker—after several horrific failures. The silly little single serving coffee container goes in sideways of all things! Anyway, Steve had 3 tiny cups of coffee. We drove to the tiny little Nelson Airport, which, especially for… Continue reading

New Zealand ’17: Day 09 – Abel Tasman National Park (Fri)

Lodging: The Waters Bed and Breakfast Date During Trip: July 7, 2017 Today was a catch up day for me. I wanted to catch up on my journaling and backup all of my photos and videos from the trip. The Canon backup process was a flop. The iPad appeared to ingest the photos, but too quickly. Then it said it… Continue reading

New Zealand ’17: Day 08 – Abel Tasman National Park (Thu)

Lodging: The Waters Bed and Breakfast Date During Trip: July 6, 2017 I began the morning by shooting some sunrise photos here at the hotel. These pictures are from just outside the door of our room facing Tasman Bay. Today we drove up to Abel Tasman National Reserve and took a boat up the coastline into the national park. It’s… Continue reading

New Zealand ’17: Day 07 – Wellington to Picton to Abel Tasman National Park (Wed)

Lodging: The Waters Bed and Breakfast Date During Trip: July 5, 2017 I’m on the Inter-Islander Ferry at the moment, rocking a bit (though it’s a calm day) as we enter the straights between the two islands. I just went out on to the top deck (10) to see the sites as we exited the straights outside the Wellington Harbor.… Continue reading

New Zealand ’17: Day 05 – Rotorua to Wellington (Mon)

Lodging: Bolton Hotel, Wellington Date During Trip: July 3, 2017 Today was a long driving day from Rotorua to Wellington. It began by seeing a young guy, who I thought was our proprietor Mike, jump into the lake, with his dog, at the end of pier in front of our room. He got in and then immediately got out. Total… Continue reading

New Zealand ’17: Day 04 – Rotorua (Sun)

Lodging: Koura Lodge Date During Trip: July 2, 2017 Today we decided to go to the Waimangu volcanic valley, which is a self-hiked tour of this seismically active region. You begin up high and hike down to Lake Rotomakariri, about a 3km distance. We were unprepared for the natural drama that was about to unfold before us. Last night at… Continue reading

New Zealand ’17: Day 03 – Waiheke Island to Auckland to Rotorua (Sat)

Lodging: Koura Lodge Date During Trip: July 1, 2017 This morning we catch the ferry, return to Auckland, pick up a rental car, and drive down to Rotorua. The weather is a bit wet this morning, but the cloud cover is higher. The view of the bay outside the window where we have breakfast is lovely in the heavily overcast… Continue reading