The Edge of the World

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‘If the World was flat – we’d be on the edge of it’. I saw that on a T-shirt a few days back in one of the places we’ve been in New Zealand and it feels so very true. New …

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The 7ft Black Transvestite

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It’s been a busy couple of days, mainly because we only stopped one night in Wellington then flew up to Auckland the next day. We came to Auckland 9 years ago for Verdon’s 40th birthday party and New Year, so …

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Christmas in Wellington

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Christmas is coming, The pubs are getting packed, Please reserve a table, And wear a ridiculous Christmas hat. If you haven’t got a booking, You’d want to get one fast, As the last work-day in Wellington Is going to be …

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The Remarkables

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It is unusual for me to find myself feeling sad when leaving a place when I am travelling, normally I am so excited about the next destination that I cannot wait to jump in the car and head off over …

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The Siren, the Earthquake and the Domestic Goddess!

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We are in Wanaka, a wonderful town at the southern end of Lake Wanaka in the middle of the New Zealand Alps. We are staying in the Lakeside apartments and have the most amazing view out over the lake to …

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Do they know it’s Christmas?

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[youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8uenQN90HD4] We are in Wanaka, a fantastic, buzzing little town on the south end of Lake Wanaka. The sun is out after several days of rain and cloud in Franz Josef, and it feels like we are in Switzerland or …

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Alex Knob is a big Tramp

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Alex Knob is a big tramp. Don’t worry, I have not regressed to the playground circa 1978. In New Zealand, ‘tramping’ is hiking, and ‘knobs’ are peaks. Alex Knob is a big peak, and tramping is a big hike to …

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Conversation on a Mountain

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We have arrived in Franz Josef in the centre of New Zealand’s south island and are here for two nights to do some ‘tramping’ (NZ for hiking). There are many trails here and around the Franz Josef glacier and Fox …

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The Pride of the South

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We are at Tegan Hudson’s Hen do in Stumpers Bar in Hokatika. This, as you might suspect is not by design, but by sheer accident and desperation. We have driven 387 km in six hours from Blenheim to the West …

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Marlborough Christmas Wine Recommendations!!

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  Today we set off on bikes around the wineries that surround our beautiful B&B: Hillsfield House in Renwick, Marlborough, the bikes were free and included in the price of our stay at this most fantastic establishment. Jo and Steve …

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