Category Archives: New Zealand tourism

Cape Reinga in the far north of New Zealand, where two seas meet

  Our next full day in Northland after Waitangi and Russell was to the far north, to Cape Reinga.  Here there is a very well crafted walkway with benches for rests and signposts (in both English and Maori) about the … Continue reading

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Russell, New Zealand and the Russell Ferry

After Waitangi, we drove south along the coast a couple kilometres to Paihia and the ferry to Russell, so that we could ride out to Russell for lunch.  It was not the best of weather, but the ride across Bay of … Continue reading

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Waitangi, Northland, New Zealand — Where Law was Established Through Treaty

While in Northland, our first tour was of Waitangi, where the New Zealand Declaration of Independence was signed in 1835, but which is probably better known as the location of the signing of the Treaty of Waitangi, which revoked the Declaration of … Continue reading

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Pacific Islands Galore

A little over a year ago, I didn’t know much about the Pacific Islands.  I’d never even heard of most of them. There is so much to learn when one moves to the other side of the world, not the … Continue reading

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Whakatane Colin and Glenys Visit

You may remember that a little over a year ago, we visited Whakatane and stayed with Col and Glen. They are great people, and we enjoy both their company and their conversations.  Well, they returned the favour and stayed with … Continue reading

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Piha, New Zealand, and the Lion Rock

A couple weekends ago, Andrew and I took a drive out to Piha  Beach (pronounced “PEE-hah”)  as a diversion from driving straight up to Auckland. Piha Beach is a nice little settlement and is a popular surf beach west of Auckland. … 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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