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Dec 17, 2014 - Picton, New Zealand

We missed Peter's call from Picton but are assuming that everything is going fine. They will be at sea for the next 2 days, on their way back to Sydney to pick up a new group of cruisers. As of today, he has traveled 18,198 miles since he left Indianapolis 4 weeks ago.

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Nov 28, 2014 - Great Day in Napier,NZ

We have enjoyed seeing Picton, Wellington, and now today it was Napier. As one of the photos show the ship dock with all the lumber waiting, we saw the same sight at all three harbors. There is a roubust lumber industry inNZ. Wellingtonn was great yesterday and a picture of the Parliment shows tthe style of the buildinngs. Wellingtonhad 450,00 people, Napier had 60,000 today. Napier had a marvelous walking path right onthe ocean that was a result of the 1931 earrthquake that raised the sea bed up quite a bit and gave the town a lot of...

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Nov 26, 2014 - Charming Picton NZ

Lovely day in Picton, NZ --- located at the top of the south island of NZ. Charming town of 6,000 witth lovely walking trails, nice people and beautiful flowers. We are hear for about 12 hours then we depart for Wellington, which is on the north island of NZ. Terry is feeling better now and all is well. The ship celebrates Thanksgiving tonite, you all celebrate it tommorw -- Happiy Thankssgiving - we are thankful for each of you. Hugs, RLH

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Apr 15, 2014 - South Island - New Zealand - Wanaka to Picton

Greetings from Picton on South Island. When we left you it was Wednesday 9th April and we were in Wanaka and heading to Queenstown for the ascent of Ben Lomond. We got up at 6am, had a rushed breakfast and then broke camp for the drive over a mountain range. We arrived at the lake edge a short distance from the town centre ready to commence the ascent at about 8am and saw the DOC (Department of Conservation) board for the ascent had a recommended journey time of 8 hours. We have come realise these times are quite conservative for our...

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Apr 15, 2014 - Picton, South Island, NZ

We decided to take a break from our route book and use a shortcut that cut up over the mountain to the Eastern shore. This was a steep, curvy country road, narrower than most. But the scenery was beautiful, the sky was mostly clear, and we were seeing more and more trees changing their colors. Seems strange to be taking a leaf peeping tour in April. Back on Route 1 heading north along the coast, we had many beautiful ocean scenery areas. We found the café for our morning hot chocolate and later had a nice lunch at The Store. We had several...

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Mar 16, 2014 - DAY 21: Blenheim to Picton

Sorry, no photos today - torrential rain and gales all day (still continuing). The remains of Cyclobe Lusi appear to be passing through and causing havoc, so definitely a day for indoor activities. Happily there are plenty of those around Blenheim! We started by visiting the 'Vines Village', rather optimisticslly described in the publicity as 'Marlborough's Artisan Hub', but actually just half a dozen tiny retail franchises, only one of which belongs to a winery...and that wasn't open until later! Nice cafe and grounds (on a good day!)...

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Mar 6, 2014 - Sunshine, finally

Picton, New Zealand is a place that was not on our original itinerary, but we just spent a very pleasant day in this picturesque port. The sun is shining today, and that has cheered everyone up. After several days of dark, rainy weather, we were ready for a change. When I packed, I underestimated how cool it would be here, so we have been wearing the same few long pants and long-sleeved shirts over and over. Thank goodness for the laundry room! I will have to head there one more time before we reach Auckland, I think. We spent more time in...

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Feb 17, 2014 - Marlborough wine region - Picton and Blenheim

Tues ……………..sometime in Feb (am now losing plot as to which day it is)……….. Much as we love this area and the weather, its time to move on. There is some serious wine tasting to do. We have to stop by Nelson as Steve has seen some cool beachwear that he fancies himself in so we have to see if they still have it. I have been doing some of the driving as then Steve can enjoy the scenery as you do need to keep your eyes on the road as it can be a bit hairy…………mountain roads. Nelson is completely surrounded by mountains and that’s one reason...

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Apr 2, 2013 - End of Queen Charlotte Track

Today was the day we are walking out, it says it will take 8 hours to get to the finish and are ferry leaves at 330pm so to be sure we got up at 5am and left at 6am, the first two hours were the hardest because it was all uphill so it was a good call to leave earlier when it was cooler because later on it got really hot! We completed the walk in 6 hours so we had two hours to wait for the boat! be early is better then be late i guess, the boat was early then we went back to Picton, got a hostel and i had fish and chips for my dinner then we...

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Mar 31, 2013 - Day 2 on Queen Charlotte Track

Day 2 on the track was mixed, the weather half the time horrible and half the time amazing but dad wasn't in the best of moods because his pack was hurting him, (I told him to man up!) It was a hard and long day it took 7 hours to do all the km to the campside but we got there! The bird in the picture is called a Weka and there were really really annoying! Woke us up at 2am each night and kept trying to take are food!

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Mar 30, 2013 - Boat Trip to Start of Queen Charlotte Track/Day 1

Today we left Nelson bright and early to get a 2 hour bus journey to Picton, it was a interesting trip because the whole journey was through Marlborough which has lots of vineyard. We got to Picton and it seemed to be a nice seaside town which lots of fish and chips shop (All good!), to do the Queen Charlotte Track to have to get a boat trip to the start which means to have to get a boat down the Marlborough Sounds. The only boat we could get was at 130pm which was the mail boat, which dropped peoples post/shopping who lived on the...

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Feb 8, 2013 - Wellington to Picton

We landed in Picton and were taken to the Sequoia Lodge. There's a huge Sequoia tree across the street from the lodge. Unfortunately they had given Llanos our room by mistake, and we had to kick her out. This was the first of several problems she had with rooms. More on that later.

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