Category Archives: Oceania

In new territory for us, we didn’t know what we were seeing

The flight landed in Auckland, NZ, and, after a scenic Airport Express bus ride through town, we caught a ferry to Whangaparaoa. Our host, Barbara, warmly greeted us at the harbor and drove us to our new home-away-from-home for the … Continue reading

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Our camera is ready to go, but are we?

Note to self: before leaving on a trip learn how to use your camera.   When we bought our camera, almost three years ago, we worked to master the basics and took ever so many photos practicing to get it … Continue reading

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Start with a maze; end with a puzzle

We peered down at the maze and snapped a few photos.  Then we went back to our table for a long black (in New Zealand, that’s black coffee) and carrot cake at the Stone Ridge Café. We had rented a … Continue reading

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Taste testing along the way

Wellington’s Ortega’s Fish Shack & Bar came with high recommendations, so we knew we’d get a great meal.  We don’t usually disagree, but we did disagree on fish that night.  One of us loves salmon and would always order salmon … Continue reading

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Everyone was there

Trafalgar Park filled up nicely.  We looked back at the sea of people all around us and marveled that so many had purchased tickets for the annual event. More than two weeks before, we had arrived in town and saw … Continue reading

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Where to spend three weeks?

We checked off the list what would keep us happily in one place for three weeks as we traveled: sea, arts, hiking, beautiful spaces, good food.  We needed a place to stay for 3 weeks, after our hiking adventures in … Continue reading

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A Tale of Time (pieces)

We hiked in Switzerland years ago, and the souvenir Beth most wanted was a Swiss watch.  Her watch worked just fine so it seemed that buying a new watch would be a frivolous purchase.  She went back and forth and … Continue reading

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Boarding a boat with a tractor

We grew up in a landlocked state.  We admit our ignorance when it comes to the seas. We had no idea that farm tractors were used in the absence of harbors! We scanned the horizon of Sandy Bay but saw … Continue reading

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The boardwalk ends at Marahau

Our hike ended as the sun dropped in the sky.  We had started the last segment of the Abel Tasman Coast Track at mid-morning and felt pretty tired by late afternoon, as we approached the town of Marahau, New Zealand.  … Continue reading

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Alterations necessary. It doesn’t fit.

Sometimes we read about a place and misunderstand what we will experience.  So it was with Abel Tasman Coast Track.  We thought we’d be hiking a rugged trail on cliffs overlooking the Tasman Sea.  We thought we’d take boat transport … Continue reading

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