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Jan 27, 2013 - South Island here we come

Up really early today we had our breakfast delivered to our room as we were off to catch the ferry to Picton in the South Island. Our driver picked us up and delivered us to the Interislander ferry where we checked our luggage as if we were going on a plane Three hours later we arrived at Picton. The weather was hotter than the North island and we were looking forward to meeting Aunt Nova for lunch. Aunt Nova, a tiny lady, was waiting for us at the carousel where our luggage was being delivered. After hugs and tears we pIcked up our luggage...

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June's Sabbatical

Jan 21, 2013 - Day 11

Day 11 – Picton 21st January 2013 We tied up to the wharf at about 6am this morning at Shakespeare Bay. We went on a tour of the wineries and chocolate factory which was very good and we were given some terrific talks at each of the wineries. The last winery had a very funny vintner giving the talk. The tour bus driver then drove us back through Picton to give us an idea of the town (very small, but very pretty).

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Nov 13, 2012 - Day 10 - Turangi to Feilding-Visit Manawatu Estuary; Ferry from Wellington to South Island

The day began looking for shorebirds in the Manawatu Estuary. From there we drove south, along the scenic Kapiti Coast, towards Wellington (capital of New Zealand). We stopped along the way to check for more waterfowl. From Wellington, we took the Interisland Ferry to the South Island, via the Cook Strait. The trip took three hours. We positioned ourselves on the upper deck and looked for open water seabirds.

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Oct 19, 2012 - Picton and Queen Charlotte's track

Oct. 19, 2012 We are now in Picton. Actually we arrived yesterday via the Intercity Bus Service. The ride was noteworthy for the beautiful scenery. The hills just undulated in hues of green! Undulate really does not describe them, a paint brush would do so much better. It was a large hill with numerous others of varying sizes up close and personal to it; multiply that by ten sets of the same and you can, maybe, get a visual image. The other pertinent thing to note was the wind. Oh, my! Did it ever blow! We stopped in a small town,...

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Apr 19, 2012 - Picton

Hello, After getting a good breakfast down we hit the road and headed for the ferry port of Picton. This is the last stop on the north island going directly to Wellington. Still it was a pretty port, much better than Dover or Harwich. For starters it has the beautiful Oxley Rock Hotel. Now someone has real taste. Pics soon. Captain Cook spent 101 days here during the early colonisation of NZ. Apparently he sailed around the whole of the north and south island before concluding the this was not the fabled "Great South Continent." In his day...

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Asian Adventure 2011

Feb 12, 2012 - Picton-by-the-sea

Originally we were going to spend 2 nights in Blenheim and 2 nights in Picton but we decided that with the festival going on and we thought that Picton would not be that exciting or much to do. Well the festival was great but so was Picton so we missed out a bit really. Luckily we got there early in the morning as its only 28km from the previous site. The weather was brilliant and so we parked up and walked into town, as it was Sunday we thought it would be a bit quiet, which it was but nicely so. The road took us through the marina and it...

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Feb 7, 2012 - Diving - Mikhail Lermontov

We've the past five days in the Marlborough Sounds - very beautiful, but often obscured by rather low cloud. The weekend was a national holiday, so crowded in parts, but we managed to get off the beaten track (an hour's drive up a gravel track). We visited Havelock twice - Green Shell Mussel Capital of the World (twice). It also boasts a fantastic mussel restaurant - see photos - before and after eating the mussel platter for two. It was so good we went back the next day as well. We were really looking forward to diving the Mikhail...

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Feb 4, 2012 - Ferry exciting

Heading south towards Wellington, the wind got up, and up ... We had to cross a mountain pass to get to the city, started up the road and both said, 'I don't think so!' We returned to the little town of Featherston, had a cup of tea and then felt much braver (in fact, the wind had dropped considerably). The drive at slow speed was absolutely fine - not even any squeaks from Ali! Wellington was wet and windy. Every Wellingtonian we met in our two days there said - it's often like this. Ali had a hair cut, Pete walked in the rain, we visited...

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Nov 30, 2011 - Picton, Nov. 30, 2011

We were very lucky that the 30th turned out to be a sunny day, perfect for our three hour ferry crossing to Picton on the south island. The trip is more than just transportation; the crossing is beautiful as the ship passes numerous islands on the trip across the Cook Straits and through the Marlborough Sound. It carries hundreds of passengers, and everyone is anxious to see the sights. The open observation deck was fairly crowded for most of the trip, but we were able to enjoy all the sights. Picton is a picturesque seaside town. We really...

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Nov 8, 2011 - Back to the North Island

Tuesday, Nov 8th So I milled around town for awhile after I woke up early in the morning. I feel like a wanderer today. First I was looking for somewhere to crash for free and spent time wandering last night. I eventually found a spot that probably wasn't too legal. This morning I was looking for somewhere to just park and waste some time. I know I hate wasting time, but at 6am in the morning nothing was open. So I walked along the harbor and slowly ate some breakfast to pass the time. When the information center opened I made my way there...

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Oct 31, 2011 - Halloween in the sun!!

Just a quick update!! Had a little honeymoon treat at Lochmara Lodge in the Marlborough Sounds. Can only get there either by walking the Queen Charlotte Track or by getting a water taxi. After our walk in the Abel Tasman, taxi it was. Really nice place and we ended up spending 2 nights there. It is a bit of an eco lodge and everything is environmentally friendly. Spent the day walking around their tracks looking at all the art around and the Ponga People. Maori statues in this case carved out of living tree ferns. Also spent the day sunning...

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Oct 30, 2011 - Picton - Marlborough Sound

Heute war wieder schönstes Wetter in Picton. Nach einem ausgiebigen Frühstück im Le Cafe (http://www.lecafepicton.co.nz/), ging es mit Dolphin Whatch Ecotours (http://www.naturetours.co.nz/) auf eine Fahrt durch den Marlborough Sound. Eine wunderschöne Bootsfahrt mit netter Crew und vielen Tierbeobachtungen. Auf dem Weg zu unserem eigentlichen Ziel Motuara Island hatten wir Gelegenheit unter anderem Dusky Delfine, Spotted Shag, Hector Delfine sowie die sehr seltenen King Shag zu sehen. Ein Vogel, welcher nur hier am Marlborough Sound...

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New Zealand 2011

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