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Feb 11, 2018 - Bay Of Islands

Post Trip Feb 6-10 We said our farewells to 5 of our "new friends" at the Wellington airport as our Australia & New Zealand tour, " An Adventure Down Under" came to an end. These 5 were headed home as we headed on to our" post tour" to the far north of New Zealand. At first we wondered why. We had seen so much and we were becoming travel warm, but we had signed up long ago, so off we went. We flew to Auckland, then headed north by bus. We were headed for Bay of Islands, staying at Paihia. It would have been nice if we could have started our...

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Jan 27, 2018 - Leaving the Islands behind in the rain

Another gloomy day at sea. The Detroit Better Made pretzels are all gone and the last of the Salt water taffy, both of which were Christmas presents from my sister Lori Ann, ….will be gone today. Had to buy some stale Pringles from the ship gift shop. Looking forward to Australian licorice and Cadbury when we get to New Zealand. Australian licorice is the BEST. In Norwegian Viking style, only Toblerone is available on the ship. A lazy day of morning yoga stretch class, afternoon whale/dolphin songs meditation, followed by afternoon tea....

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Jan 26, 2018 - Impressions of the first three weeks at sea

Nautical term of the day. The bitter end. The end of the anchor line is secured with bitters, so the bitter end is that you have run out of anchor line. Woke up to cloudy skies and another rainbow. The rain we have been dodging all week finally caught up with us. A good day to sleep in and recuperate from Fiji and the other islands. Big news of the day is that our excursion in Napier to the Sheep farm will be stopping for ice cream at Arataki Honey Center instead of Birdwoods Gallery. We can cancel if we would like to. Most of the people...

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Mar 6, 2017 - Water water everywhere

Our second stop in NZ is The Bay of Islands. The Bay of Islands is in the northern region of the North Island. It is a maritime park with 144 islands, secluded bays and superb marine life. Some NZ facts, NZ's land area slightly larger than U.K. Almost three quarters of the population live in North Island. Most of the population is of British descent. The average daytime temperature at the Bay of Islands is 24 degrees centigrade. On arriving we can understand how it gets its name and the scenery is stunning. We are not as lucky with the...

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Dec 15, 2016 - Russell

http://russellmuseum.org.nz Here is another "take" on the founding of Northland. If the link does not work (probably it will not), then try Googling Russell Museum NZ Russell is wonderful! Especially I like a little street cafe named "Hell Hole," which is how Russell was known in its earliest years, as the hell hole of the Pacific. As a souvenir, I am bringing back a "Hell Hole" T-shirt.

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New Zealand 2016

Dec 15, 2016 - Rev. Henry Williams

This is the commemoration marker of the person the Maoris called "Four-Eyes;" he wore spectacles. Henry Williams, Anglican missionary, arrived with his wife in 1823 and played a substantial role in brokering and sustaining the Treaty of Waitingi, 1840. What I find profoundly interesting is the marker was not erected by members of his church, but by members of another community--The Maori Church--on the grounds of the Anglican Church. Tribal warfare among competing Maori factions was fierce. Then whites arrived with muskets, and...

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New Zealand 2016

Dec 12, 2016 - The Bay of Islands Swordfish Club...

Life here is amazing, and "drop-dead" beautiful, if you will. Not much else to say, except it is as close here to getting back to the 1960's as any place I have been. Again, links on this travel website don't work so well, but to see good photos of this spectacular spot, you could Google Bay of Islands, NZ, Paihia, Waitangi, Russell, NZ ...

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New Zealand 2016

Dec 11, 2016 - Kiwi Guys Seem to be Having Real Trouble with This...hmmm??

N.Z. guys prefer bland outer colors, so watch out here for (old) guys who dress in bright colors (e.g. gold) and also have long, blond hair. I never would have guessed! Thinking back five decades, however, it does make sense, even though so much has changed here since then. Country of origin, as I remembered, is no issue here. Nobody asks, really. It is a very international spot. People start a conversation with you, on the spot, if you look like someone friendly and interesting to talk with. What a spectacular place it is, really, for...

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New Zealand 2016

Mar 7, 2016 - Day 4 Bay of Islands

Day 4 one word.....amazing. We got on board the R. Tucker Thompson at 10 am and headed out with 44 other souls into the Bay of Islands with captain Tim at the helm. Had to travel under power as there was virtually no wind but the sails went up anyway for shade. Mick was first to climb up the rope ladder and then he went out onto the bowsprit. Quite the adventurer. He impressed many a younger traveller. After about an hour and a half we stopped at a bay for a swim and walk. The water was pristine, cool and refreshing. We went back to the...

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Mar 6, 2016 - Day 3 The trip to Bay of Islands

Left our digs at Northcote this morning to travel to Devonport for the walk up Mt Victoria. Very steep but short. At the top was a bunker, a signal station, a disappearing cannon and a magnificent view. Had brunch at Esplanade Hotel before heading off for the drive north. Visited the Parry Kauri Reserve en route. Saw a magnificent 800 year old Kauri tree and went on a short rainforest walk. Stopped for lunch at Whangarie a little further along. I had bruschetta, Mick had Thai chicken salad. Got to the vehicle ferry to Russell at about 6pm....

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Feb 28, 2016 - Off to New Zealand

Spent the last day in San Francisco shopping (Deb got major bargain on a handbag in Macys!) then took a historic tram ride from Fisherman’s Wharf back to Union Square, very cool. Took off for Auckland at 7.00pm Monday 1st February, survived the 13 hour flight landing on Wednesday 3rd February at 4.40am, (what did the rest of the world do on Tuesday 2nd February, because we missed it, went into a black hole). Deb slept as usual (heck of a sleep,) and Mark has now at time of writing been awake for 38 hours (or possibly 62, not sure, so...

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Feb 8, 2016 - Bay of Islands

Our last stop in New Zealand is Bay of Islands. This is the subtropical side of New Zealand's North Island. The area is famed for its scenery, fishing, white-sand beaches, and water activities. This is a tender port for our ship, which means there are no port facilities for a ship our size so he drops anchor out in the deeper water and we take the tender boats to get us ashore at Waitangi....kind of like a cruise within a cruise. The Bay has an irregular coastline 500 miles long and encompassing 144 islands. Captain Cook had a hand in...

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