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Sep 25, 2017 - Timaru to Oamaru

September 25, 2017 Cribbage Score: Bob is leading 7-6. This morning was so balmy that we put on shorts just because we could! Locals said this is the weather that they have been waiting for a month to see. Made Bob scrambled eggs, toast and coffee in the kitchen. Joie, a local, told us we should not have problems with weather going south as far as Invercargill and then heading north to Manapouri to go to Doubtful Sound. We had not planned to go as far south as Invercargill but have the time now. Will then head to Queenstown, Wanaka,...

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Mar 5, 2017 - Oamaru, New Zealand

Sunday, March 5, 2017 Oamaru, New Zealand TRAVEL QUOTE OF THE DAY: “Life is like riding a bicycle. To keep your balance, you must keep moving.” - Albert Einstein And we have been moving all week - today is the last day of the Alps 2 Ocean bike ride! And what a day it was….. We woke up with the alarm at 7:30 to another foggy day. It was quick to burn off though, gone by 9. Ate breakfast that Ted had left us: toast with butter and jam, yogurt, coffee/tea, fruit. It was a good start but not nearly as tasty as those boiled eggs yesterday! LOL....

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Nov 7, 2015 - Oamaru

Decided to break-up our travels between Christchurch and Dunedin, and so targeted Oamaru as the next stop. It is in the renowned Otago District, and had a heyday due to the development of refrigerated shipping (enabled freighter shipment of lamb, beef, seafood and fresh produce). The town center has an abundance of Victorian and Edwardian (turn of the previous century) architecture, which often uses the local Oamaru Limestone. And some funky 'creations' like Steampunk Headquarters. We did not visit the Little Blue, or Yellow Eyed, Penguin...

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Apr 4, 2014 - Oamaru, South Island, NZ

We left our hotel (clean bed, hot water restaurant), shuttled to the airport, and loaded up our BIG class C. It didn't take us long to get - lost! At least off the published route and separated from our friends. Oh well, it's an adventure. Our first days drive with the caravan group was just that - a long drive. Five hours of good road through pretty farmland, but no scenic views of the ocean or mountains. Some cattle, lots of sheep. Stopped to load up with groceries along the way and got another dose of sticker shock. About double US...

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Mar 3, 2014 - Oamaru

“Snow,” I exclaimed indignantly! We are traveling to escape snow, not to have it dumped upon us. Actually, it wasn’t dumped upon us – just nearby, like on the landscape a hundred meters above. The white on the formerly (like last night) brown hills was quite spectacular, but disconcerting. We did NOT travel umpteen jillion miles to have snow dumped on us. After breakfast and a coming to terms with the white landscape, we headed to nearby Mt. John, where there is an observatory because it has the clearest air in New Zealand. There is a...

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Mar 2, 2014 - DAY 7: Lake Tekapu to Oamuru

An excellent first day and night in the van, so we now feel completely comfortable about the rest of the trip. Left Lake Tekapu in glorious sunshine, so we took a drive up the west side of Lake Pukaki towards Mount Cook, hoping to do a couple of hours' serious walking. As soon as we got there, though, the mountain mist and rain suddenly completely closed in, so we aborted that plan, retraced our steps back to the main road and continued on towards Oamaru, stopping off at the Benmore Dam on the way. Took a stroll down to Oamaru's old harbour...

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Jul 10, 2013 - Safely Arrived

Safely Arrived What a wonderful flight on Air New Zealand. It was a new plane, had plenty of leg room, my own private movie screen with hundreds of movies, TV shows and CD’s to play. I could order what I wanted from my seat, I didn’t have to call the attendant over every time I wanted a glass of water, I just placed my order on my personal screen and it showed up two minutes later!! The flight was only 12 hours, not 14 like I thought but I slept and meditated for 5 of them and the rest went so fast. I was more scared of driving in New...

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Mar 15, 2013 - On the Way to Oamaru

A few days ago we went to another fenced sanctuary like Zealandia that we went to near Wellington. This one is called Orokonui. The fence cost 2.2 million dollars and is 8.7 km in length. It is like the one at Zealandia with the addition of a wire along the top. In the unlikely event that anything gets over the hood at the top of the fence, touching the wire will set off an alarm. The alarm will also go off if a gate is left open. They built this second ecosanctuary so that they could have one on the North Island and one on the South...

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Feb 12, 2013 - Mt. Cook to Oamaru

We left Mt. Cook after lunch and drove through the beautiful countryside to Oamaru. We passed a lake that has the Olympic rowing center, then passed an area popular with glider planes. We had another beautiful beachside campsite, and this was the 2nd night everyone stayed in a tent. Some people went swimming, but it was pretty cold here. A storm was moving in and the temperature was dropping. After dinner we had a bonfire on the beach and roasted marshmallows. It started raining & I went to bed in our tent, "Billy Idol".

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Nov 22, 2012 - Day 19 - Happy Thanksgiving Day! Ferry from Stewart Island; Head North Along the Weatherbeaten Catlins Coast; Stop at Beach

Today we took the ferry from Stewart Island, back to the South Island of New Zealand. After a long day of driving, we arrived in Oamaru. On our way, we stopped to see a Spouting Cave, some New Zealand Hooker Sealions and some Yellow-eyed Penguins come onto the beach for the night. We posed for a picture on a "Big" bike in downtown Oamaru.

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Feb 10, 2012 - Oamaru

Hello all, To start Christchurch was actually pretty cool, although I was only there 3 days it was fun. The city itself is still recovering from the after shocks last February, and other minor ones since (apparently there was a small one while we were sleeping one night, crazy) even still the city center is closed off and that was pretty eerie to look at. When I went the workers weren't working and not many people were out for it was early and a holiday. And cause of that it even added to the effect of the abandoned big buildings in...

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Mar 26, 2011 - Gypsy Caravan - Omaru

Pulled into this town and discovered that the "Gypsy Caravan" was set up in the park so we decided to see what that was going on. They were set up selling their wares, everything from fortunes, massages, food, jewelry and even a stage with a band. About a week later we saw them setting up in a park on the other side of the island. Quite a collection of RV's!

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