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Sep 12, 2017 - Waipukaru to Martinborough

September 12, 2017 Bright, sunny and windy day. Frost on the grass and glad we had the floor heater. We are finally getting into the hang of Kiwi camping by using the kitchen which is very well equipped with ovens, toasters, microwaves, pots/pans, utensils, plates, glasses, dish towels, instant hot water etc. Some have more than others. Made scrambled eggs, bagel and toast this morning. (Coffee press broke so we are drinking tea that I brought from home.) We always try to bring souvenirs from Sonoma Valley when we travel to pass on to those...

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2017 New Zealand

Mar 31, 2016 - Martinborough

Driving from Kaikoura to Picton we had forgotten how beautiful the road is-it hugs the coast and goes past all the seal colonies. Another smooth ferry crossing and we arrived in Wellington to a much warmer sunny day. We have been avoiding any Lord of the Rings Tours as they are so expensive but Phill was feeling Theo was missing out. And so began Phill's Hobbit Tour!! As many of you know Phill is famous for his free tours- fortunately this one was PG rated! We drove to Wellington airport parked the car in the 10minute free parking spot and...

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Our Year Out

Apr 4, 2013 - Martinborough

I decided to explore the Cape Palliser area which is the south-east corner of the North Island, before heading north to Auckland. Today we drove to Martinborough, which is on the other side of a mountain range from Wellington. The road over the mountains was steep and windy. The weather is very changeable now. Somtimes it is sunny for 30 minutes, then it rains for a while, then sunny agian, and so on. Most of the time it is dark and cloudy but without rain. The days are getting shorter. It is now dark by 7:30 p.m.

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Find Tom 5

Feb 14, 2012 - Martinborough and yet more vines

From the ferry we thought about going to Wellington but to be honest we thought it was just going to be another big city and as we haven't seen one for a while we decided not to see one again!! we travelled on to a place on the wine route called Martinborough. It was a bit of a drive and the weather wasn't all that but we got there late in the afternoon so a quick bite to eat and we thought we would walk into the town. The town itself is based on the shape of the union jack in that all the streets spread out from the middle, there was...

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Apr 9, 2011 - NZ Day 7, Wine (Buzz on)

Woke up to a sun shinny morning. Made our way down to Martinborough (population of 1,360+). There are dozens of vineyards (some no bigger than a front lawn) and prime "minibreak" territory. Nearly 50 small, often family owned wineries and much of NZ's best Pinot Noir originates here. Although we did speak with one gentlemen by the name of Mark (family owned) that the Pinot Gris is also an award winning wine for NZ. We hit up three and did wine tastings, it didn't take me long to start feeling the affects. That didn't stop me for long and...

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Feb 25, 2011 - Martinborough – Wine by Bike

Found a really nice small campsite then hired some bikes and set off to sample whatever we could ! First ‘freestyle’ bike ride since Alec’s op. Wine is a great painkiller. Took in several cellar doors ending with one where we got 4 glasses of wine with matching cheeses; SB actually goes with smoked cheddar ! In general, found the oaked chardonnays and SB’s surprisingly good (usual creamy nose but actually tasting quite acid – disappointment was the pinot noirs given that they are supposed to be top class, but maybe the best ones were too...

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Feb 1, 2009 - Taranaki, Ruapehu, Aoraki - Though Hast It All !!!

Taranaki, Ruapehu and Cook – thou hast it all ! Today was our move from the North to the South island flying from Wellington to Queenstown, via Christchurch. The 1 hour hop to Christchurch was followed by just about the best commercial flight we have ever been on! The flight to Queenstown is only at 16000 feet and we were lucky enough to be blessed with mostly clear skies. The combination meant that we were able to see clear views of Lake Tekapo and even pick out the Church of the Good Shepherd – for me, one of the most tranquil and...

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Jan 31, 2009 - The Long White Cloud

Aotearoa – The Land of The Long White Cloud. If ever there was a day to see exactly what that means – this was it. After a quick Starbucks (well, you have to don’t you !) we left Napier to head for Martinborough – the heart of the Wairarapa wine country. The sky was absolutely clear blue – not a cloud in sight as we headed down state highway 2 which goes all the way down to Wellington. As the Ruahine and Tararura Mountain ranges appeared to our right (running down the centre of the bottom half of the North island) , both ranges were...

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Jan 18, 2009 - Lake Ferry (near Martinborough), North Island

We were then up at the crack of dawn to head along the coast to Picton, to catch the ferry over to the North Island. We had pre-booked the sailing for 10.10am which meant getting up at 5am. Oh well – at least seeing the sun rise over the scenic Abel Tasman made it worth it (almost). It was a beautiful drive too, all the way along the coast. We stopped in a little fishing village called Havelock for freshly baked pain au chocolate, croissants, hot choccie and coffee. Mm-mmmmm! This village was at the tip of a sheltered bay which was perfect...

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Sep 26, 2008 - Another Amazing Week

It's hard to believe that another week has passed us by. This week we learned about a 17 million dollar, four year, phenomenal family violence campaign they are doing in New Zealand. From what we have gathered the professionals in the field of FV, the government, and the community at large have embraced the campaign message. It will be exciting to share what we have learned with everyone when we return. Sharon, Rhea, and Katie got to do a ride along with the New Zealand Police. Katie got to go to a Domestic Violence call and Rhea and Sharon...

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Oct 1, 2007 - Day 1/2 - The Adventure Begins....

Monday Oct 1st-Tuesday Oct 2nd So my adventure began today as I approached the SFO airport and finally got the chance to fly out of this beautiful modern terminal. My taxi driver dropped me at the front door...just kidding, David! Then I paused for a moment to say goodbye and to be thankful that I packed light for a 12-week trip. Hey, one big suitcase, one small, a backpack and computer bag IS light! Air New Zealand kept telling me to be there 3 hours ahead of time, which I was, and twenty minutes after arriving I was through security...

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