Category Archives: New Zealand tourism

Airplane Flight Around Coromandel Peninsula

We hired a local pilot to fly us and a friend around the Coromandel Peninsula one afternoon. It was amazing seeing from the air all the places we’ve driven and/or walked, as well as seeing some places I’ve never been. … Continue reading

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Napier and Greater Hawkes Bay

We spent three days in Napier area, visiting various towns and spots, and enjoying several activities, including a few Grab One things.  We found some fun things to do and some wonderful places to enjoy the views. Our first stop … Continue reading

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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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Rewa’s Maori Village in Kerikeri, New Zealand

Straight across from Stone Store and Mission House in Kerikeri is Rewa’s Village, a great re-creation of a Maori village.  We were there after hours, and there’s a donation box at the entry requesting a deposit of $2 for entry.  … Continue reading

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Kerikeri’s Stone Store and Mission House, New Zealand’s Oldest Buildings

Two of the oldest buildings in all of New Zealand are located right in the town where we stayed in Northland, Kerikeri.  The Stone Store is the oldest stone building, and Mission House (also known as Kemp House, after the … Continue reading

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Kauri Forests of Northland, Largest and Oldest Trees in all of New Zealand

Our final full day in Northland was centered on the Waipoua Forest (pronounced wy-PO-U-ah) of Kauri (pronounced COW-ree) trees.  This forest contains the oldest tree in New Zealand, Te Matua Ngahere (“Father of the Forest”, pronounced TAY MAH-too-ah NAH-hair-ray) and … Continue reading

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