Category Archives: New Zealand South Island

The Waterworks in Coromandel Town, New Zealand

  One place that we’ve been wanting to visit since we arrived here in Thames one and a half years ago is The Waterworks.  This is like nothing else I’ve ever seen or even heard about. This is not your … Continue reading

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Wanaka Puzzling World and Wanaka Beer Works

We stayed the last day of our South Island holiday in Wanaka, north of Queenstown, at the Wanaka Bakpaka.  After checking in, we drove out of town a ways to the Wanaka Beer Works, and the following morning, before flying … Continue reading

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Milford Sound, Fiordlands, New Zealand

We had an amazing cruise on Milford Sound in New Zealand’s Fiordland National Park, with good weather and plenty of space on the cruise ship (few people).  The water was smooth, other than for a few minutes as we turned around … Continue reading

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Te Anau, Manapouri, and Native New Zealand birds

We stayed three nights in Te Anau at the Kingsgate Millenium Hotel, and from there we explored the surrounding area including Milford Sound (next blog topic).  We had planned to spend our first full day exploring Doubtless Sound by kayak, … Continue reading

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Queenstown, South Island, New Zealand, including Skyline Gondola and Luge

Andrew and I again took a holiday to coincide with a conference his work sent him to, this time to Queenstown in South Island for the New Zealand Resource Management Law Association‘s annual conference.  Andrew attended talks, field trips, and … Continue reading

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New Zealand Planning Institute 2012 Annual Conference Field Trip

Andrew had a choice between eight field trips to attend during the last day of the New Zealand Planning Institute’s Annual Conference in Blenheim.  He chose the “Southern Explorer” option, which took him to four places of development or proposed development. … Continue reading

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Blenheim, New Zealand

Andrew receives his conference pass and materials We arrived in Blenheim yesterday at noon, and our first stop was for Andrew to pick up his registration at the Blenheim Conference Centre for the New Zealand Planning Institute Annual Conference.  He’ll be attending … Continue reading

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Kaikoura, New Zealand

After checking into the Dolphin Lodge Backpackers Hostel in Kaikoura, we headed to the point to see if we could spot any seals.  We did.  Dozens of them.  From one spot in our two hour walk, we counted 52 seals, … Continue reading

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Day Two at Hanmer Springs, New Zealand

Our first stop for our second day in Hanmer Springs was the Queen Mary Hospital, an historic reserve in Hanmer Springs.  We read in the paper this afternoon that the buildings of Queen Mary Hospital, long lain empty, are soon … Continue reading

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Horseback Riding at Hanmer Springs, New Zealand

  Andrew and Katie Andrew had been wanting for several weeks prior to our trip here to South Island to be able to go horse riding, but I was fearful the hour or more of straddling a horse and trying to … Continue reading

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