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Mar 3, 2015 - New Zealand Wine Country

Most of our day today was spent visiting New Zealand Wine Country about 30min outside of Auckland. We visited three wineries: Soljans where we also had lunch, Matua, and West Brook. New Zealand is still a small wine producing country but is growing. There are about 500 wineries in the entire country compared with 600+ in Napa and Sonoma. Due to the warmer climate (no frost) white wines are favored over reds. Most popular are Savignon Blanc, Pinot Gris, and Chardonnay and the most popular red is Pinot Noir. We tried all 4 at each winery but...

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Feb 26, 2015 - Auckland, New Zealand

Pete called from the ship a day before they were to arrive in Auckland. He said things were going well on the ship and he had no problem keeping up with his new workload. When we asked about some of his new job responsibilities, he said that he had already attended 2 cocktail parties hosted by the Captain for frequent cruise guests. He said they were just fine and that, since he only had to actually attend for 15 minutes or so, he could just introduce himself to a guest and then they would pretty much do the talking and, before he knew it,...

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Feb 15, 2015 - Rose & Stuart in North Island

This is about our (limited) time in the North Island, starting at Wellington in the south, driving upwards to Auckland in the north. Arrived Wellington 6th Feb. Collected new hire car (not hire care as in my previous entry!), we have Toyota Highlander, newer than previous car but petrol this time, rather than diesel. We stayed in Travelodge for 2 nights, our friends Lindsey & Chris stayed in another hotel nearby on Fri night, we met up and they took us out for 'tappanyaki' meal; Japanese food which is cooked at your table on hot plate by a...

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Feb 13, 2015 - Auckland, New Zealand

Pete was busy on the ship when they were in Auckland and did not have time to visit the port. He has had more life boat training, as well as conducting passenger drills and other administrative jobs on the ship. He told us that there was one girl in his lifeboat training class who could not swim so she just jumped into the pool in a life jacket and the other crew members had to drag her around in the water! We're not sure what kind of help she would be in an actual emergency. The band is playing well and they have had several interesting...

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Jan 29, 2015 - Auckland, New Zealand

Peter had a stop in Auckland today but we have not heard from him at this point. Auckland is the largest and most heavily populated area in the country. It is built on a string of volcanoes, all of which are extinct but the volcanic field is just considered dormant. Hopefully, there will be not volcanic activity while Pete is there!

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Jan 29, 2015 - Auckland, New Zealand

Thur 29th Jan 2015 Weather: -Partly Cloudy/19 Degrees Auckland, New Zealand 9:0017:00 (10h) No major excursions were on the agenda for us today. From what we have read there are many picturesque places to go to visit around Auckland but just walking around the city we are realizing just how friendly the locals are. People have stopped us in the street realizing that we come of a cruise ship and asked us many questions and wished us a good trip. Wandering around you see how clean inner Auckland is also there is certainly not a deficiency of...

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Jan 8, 2015 - Seeing our chums, Kate and James, in Auckland

Heading south along the west coast of the northern peninsula to Auckland, we were treated to lovely coastal views and a large swath of Kauri forest. Kauri are huge thick trees with all kinds of uses; the Maori used them for canoes, and later Europeans harvested their sap or "gum" as a semiprecious substance similar to amber. We hiked through some of the wonderful foliage to Tane Mahuta, the largest of these trees (note Fran standing at the tree's base). While the trees are impressive, I particularly love the "tree fern," ferns that grow as...

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Jan 6, 2015 - Auckland, New Zealand

Things are going well for Pete and he had a good visit in Auckland. He said that the weather has been fine, with temperatures in the low 70's. He did not seem to be the least bit envious of our cold and snowy weather in Indianapolis. the band was playing for several headliners groups/soloists, as well as doing their regular production shows.

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Jan 3, 2015 - Intro to New Zealand-Blast from the Past

Saying farewell to our chums in Oz, we flew into Auckland, New Zealand, and immediately drove north. In 1992, we stopped over in New Zealand on the way to see my Wellesley bestie Sylvie (Temperley) Khan in Perth, Australia. We knew absolutely nothing about New Zealand but, being eager to check out a new country and add to our growing list of passport stamps, we decided to stay for a couple of days. We rented a car and drove around Auckland and the Coromandel Peninsula, stopping at a pink sand beach, black sand beach, and a hot spring beach....

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Dec 13, 2014 - We're in Auckland!!

We arrived yesterday morning which was Friday, our time, and Saturday, Auckland time. It is so beautiful with VERY tall, flowering trees everywhere. There are Christmas trees loaded with flowers(which look like giant mimosas filled with bright red blossoms). We are in the tropics which was supposed to have summer weather. However, El Nino is here and we have had lovely cool, misty drizzles. Catherine drove us through parks and neighborhoods, and, then, she and her wonderful husband wisked us off on their gorgeous yacht out into the volcanic...

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Dec 13, 2014 - Leaving New Zealand

We are leaving Auckland this morning to fly to Sydney and then catching the Celebrity Century cruise today for a 7 night sailing around the island of Tasmania. It is part of the nation of Australia. The photos today are of a spectular view from the top of Mt. Victoria in Devonport. Wonderful 360 degree views of the whole area and the Pacific entrance and Tasman Sea entrance. It was a great hike and spectucular views even in the highly overcast weather. We don't know if we will have wifi service on the ship or not so might not do another...

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Dec 10, 2014 - Auckland Domain - Spectular City Greenbelt and Gardens

Today is December 11th in New Zealand - the 10tth in the US. Yesterday went spent several hours walking through a gorgeous dedicated greenbelt about a 15 minute walk from our hotel called Auckland Domain. The grounds are spectular, huge, and bursting with New Zealand flowers in full bloom. Giant trees are great shade providers as this grounds was created and dedicated in 1913 to honor soldiers from New Zealand who fought WW! alongside others from the United Kingdom. In fact, New Zealand suffered a disproportionate number of deaths in the...

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