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Feb 27, 2016 - Glow worms and other odd items

The day before our Doubtful Sound journey, we bought passage across Lake Te Anau to check out a glow worm cave. Glow worms are endemic to Australia and New Zealand. Odd little creatures worth looking into. We had a beautiful boat ride across the lake, with views of the Murchison Mountains. We were again with Real Journeys. Real owns the dock and gangway from the lake to the National Park visitor center. It also has the contract to lead visits into the National Park glow worm cave. The caves were formed by running water. A massive stream...

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Feb 3, 2016 - Picton in Marlborough Country

Today, we explore the port of Picton, our last stop on the South Island. It should be a really nice day with temps almost 80 degrees. Picton is a seaside port on the Queen Charlotte Sound; it's defined by water, wilderness, and wine. Lots of bays, inlets, and coves provide activities for water lovers. It's also the departure point for ferries across Cook Strait to the capital, Wellington. The town, with strong Maori heritage, was settled by the English in 1848. Picton was named after Sir Thomas Picton, a British Army official who served...

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Jan 7, 2016 - At Sea

This was Andy and Beth's last day on the Voyager with Peter so we made the most of it! Pete treated his parents to lunch at the Chops restaurant on board, which was very luxurious! Apparently they were ending the cruise with more lobster than they wanted because they had a special that day - a FREE lobster tail with every steak meal!! That was a pretty nice treat. As always, the food was exquisite and the service was wonderful. Beth and Andy's dinner in the dining room was bittersweet because they enjoyed the company of their table mates so...

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Jan 6, 2016 - At Sea

We had a great day at sea on the Voyager. Pete's schedule allowed us plenty of time to visit and we were able to have lunch with him in the buffet restaurant. We also met him for drinks in the Schooner Bar and listened to the lounge performer, a lovely young woman who played cocktail piano and sang. It has been fun putting faces with the names we have heard from Pete over the course of his contract! Andy and Beth also spent a little time in the casino which was fun but not too productive financially! During the day we attended the Captain's...

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Jan 5, 2016 - Picton, New Zealand

We had a great visit in Picton with Peter today! This is our last port in New Zealand and we had a great visit. We started the day with breakfast in the Sapphire Dining Room which was, as always, wonderful! When we got to Picton we strolled around the town, visiting some of Peter's favorite spots and doing a little shopping. We found a really neat shop where Beth bought earrings and gifts for several people. We had homemade ice cream at a little shop, although it was a little chilly outside! We tried to have lunch at a little pizza place...

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Jan 4, 2016 - Sailing/walking in the footsteps of Captain Cook

Couldn't download pictures again -- very spotty wifi - so I'll have to catch up with photos another time. Terry has read almost every book available about Captain James Cook through the years. Visiting New Zealand and Australia is like walking in the footsteps of Cook and it is surprising how many towns, small and large, have a little park and statue dedicated to Captain Cook. Today we had a chance to do an Ecological scenic cruise that involved a number of rare or endangered birds, plus Hector Dolphins and "little blue" penguins. Along the...

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Jan 2, 2016 - Pretty Picton - "Spitty and Soupy" aka rainy and foggy

Happy New Year in America - Hope you all had a safe and fun ringing in of the new year. We are spending our second night in Picton. This charming gateway to Queen Charlotte Sound is the town that serves InterIsland Ferry (a company running ferry service between Picton in the South Island and Wellington in the North Island). Another company - Bluebridge- also runs a ferry to Wellington. The approx time is 3.5 hrs. Today it was rainy (Spitty) and very low clouds/fog (Soupy) so the photo taken from the top of a viewing ridge on a large hill...

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Dec 12, 2015 - Pretty Picton - gateway to Queen Charlotte Sound

A short half hour north of Blenheim is the beautiful little town of Picton. It is both the gateway to the numerous channels and islands of the world famous Queen Charlotte Sound and Cook Strait. Picton is also the little town that cruise ships land at and where the Interisland ferry over to Wellington docks. So there is a lot of traffic and people flowing in and out of Picton going across to the North Island. It is the only spot on the South Island where the crossing happens. When we did our 14 day New Zealand cruise last year, Picton was...

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Dec 12, 2015 - Picton

We left Wellington on quite a foggy morning and caught the Interislander ferry to Picton. It takes about 3 hours ..some lovely scenery but it was very blustery and murky, we so didn't sit out on the deck for too long. Had a great couple of days in Picton. We were staying at the Tombstone Backpackers on Gravesend Road next to a cemetery, so we weren't too sure what to expect! It turned out to be really good ....great views, great location and gorgeous hot scones for brekkie. We packed in a lot here again: 3 hour round trip (walking) up to...

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Dec 12, 2015 - New Zealand's New Flag Vote

New Zealand is on the path to potentially creating a new flag for the country. We don't know what caused the original process where designs were selected, and voted on by the public, but as you can see from today's headlines, the silver fern on black and blue just barely beat out the silver fern on red, white, and blue. The next step is for the country to vote again - this time to determine whether to keep the old flag, or to move forward with the new flag (fern black/white). Interestingly, the top rated sports team in New Zealand (which is...

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Oct 26, 2015 - Picton and on to the South Island

Ferry ride from Wellington (North Island) to Picton (South Island) is a bit less than four hours. The journey out of the Wellington Harbour is thru a relatively long and narrow channel; really illustrates what a protected harbour Wellington is. Crossing the Cook Strait was calm but windy. Not a lot to see, some birds but no dolphins or whales, till the entry into the South Island Tory Channel to the Queen Charlotte Sound. Many small bays along the way with forested hills & rocky edges indicating that we entering a different environment; not...

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Mar 20, 2015 - Picton, New Zealand

Pete sent some pictures from his visit in Picton and it looks as though food and drink were the priority for the visit! He very thoughtfully shared the last bit of his beer with a friendly bee - maybe that's what is happening with the decline of the honeybee population!! Pete did mention when he called last that he had signed a contract for the next leg of his journey on the Voyager. He will come home for a vacation on May 21 and then will return to the Voyager on July 15 and cruise in the Asia and Australia areas at least until February,...

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