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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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Mar 14, 2015 - Picton, NZ

Piston, NZ Arrived late this morning on the Interisland Ferry from Wellington. The ferry crossed the Cook Strait, but due to crummy weather (read rainy and lots of cloud cover), I could not get any decent photos. The ferry ride proved to be a multi-cultural affair wherein I heard English (the NZ, Australian, UK, and US versions), German, various Scandinavian languages, and French. I had an entertaining and long conversation with a couple who live in Wellington. They're retired and have traveled to Boston, NYC, San Francisco, and Vancouver....

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Mar 2, 2015 - Picton, New Zealand

Pete checked in from Picton and things were going well. We spent most of our conversation discussing the cancellation of several performances of the musical at Tech because of the crazy weather in Indianapolis. He sent some pictures from Picton which look lovely. The weather there is sunny with temperatures in the upper 70's.

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Feb 1, 2015 - Picton

Sun 1st Feb 2015 Weather: -Overcast-Drizzly/17Degrees Picton, New Zealand 9:0018:00 (9h) This is what Hospitality and Welcoming is all about: - with a permanent population of around 3,000 people the Picton Ladies (say maybe 1,000?) made and gave posies to all who disembarked our ship today (4,000+/- passengers and crew), even our cruise director Chris Brown got one and the gentlemen who were too macho to wear posies received a welcome to Picton badge. Nestled at the head of Queen Charlotte Sound in the beautiful Marlborough Sounds, Picton...

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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. P.S. Peter told us later that he got off the ship in Picton for a very short time and ate lunch in a pub!

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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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