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Nov 14, 2017 - Hello from Wellington, New Zealand

Kia Ora from New Zealand! We left Houston on Nov 8th and began our down under adventure with a long 15 hour flight to Auckland. We lost a day on route so we arrived on Nov 10th. We arrived to our hotel about 7am but couldn't check in until 2pm so we left our luggage there and went wandering for hours! The next day we took the bus to visit the Howick Historical Village which the largest of the fencible settlements which formed a chain to protect Auckland from attack by the Maori or possibly the French. Retired soldiers and their families...

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Nov 4, 2017 - Wellington museum

Today we tagged along with our bus tour because they were starting their day at the New Zealand Museum and we had our morning free...so why not get a free ride over! The museum was really cool. We got entry into their popular display Gallipoli, about WWI, we were there an hour before the public. Weta workshop, the folks who designed most of the lord of rings sets helped create the display by creating 9 giant statues. You can see in the photo how much bigger than my mom they were. The detail was amazing, sweat on their faces, hairs on the...

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Nov 3, 2017 - The mountain road to Wellington

Today we were allowed to sleep in, till 7:30am! Then we had a leisurely breakfast and a short drive to Wellington. The drive though provided some fun and adventure, it was over and through a mountain pass, so it curved and wound its way up along the side of the mountain, pretty tight s curves for a bus! We stopped at the top for quick valley photos and then wound our way down the other side. Once in Wellington we had a lunch stop, Mom and I had salads, delicious! Then back on the bus for a tour around Wellington. Again, tight, twisty roads...

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Sep 14, 2017 - Wellington

September 14, 2017 Supposed to be overcast, windy but no rain. Caught the bus into Wellington (about 13 kms and 45 minutes). Went straight to the Te Papa Museum, the NZ national museum. Ter Papa mean “treasure box”. The Gallipoli special exhibit about the New Zealanders in the WWI campaign was extraordinary. This tragic part of WWI involving the New Zealanders that included Maoris was the idea of Churchhill, First Lord of the Admiralty. He wanted to secure the Dardanelles and kick the Turks out of the war by sending a naval fleet through...

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Sep 13, 2017 - Martinborough to Wellington

September 13, 2017 What I did not say last night is how frustrated we are with the Britz Wi-Fi that we paid for. We have limped along using the camp Wi-Fi___33 which is very spotty even when I get up at 6:00 am to attach pictures to the blog. (If I don’t do it timely, I have trouble getting the correct sequence etc.) The worst is when I load the pictures and the internet cuts out before they are transferred to the server. We had a number of emails that had to get out which made it even more frustrating. Bob finally got through to a...

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2017 New Zealand

Jul 22, 2017 - Windy Welly!

We arrived in Wellington after a 6 hour bus journey from Napier. Wellington is famed not only for its wind but also being one of the most likely places on earth to experience an earthquake. Indeed such is the frequency they have an online register of every house which is considered earthquake 'proof' (apparently not actually full proof of a strong enough earthquake was to hit. Fortunately we dodged the earthquakes but managed to feel the force of the winds here full on which hasn't been helped by a storm which has just come over the north...

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Jun 10, 2017 - Queen's Birthday Weekend in Welly!

I spent last weekend in New Zealand's capital city, Wellington. It was a long weekend cause the Queen's birthday is a public holiday here so I flew down first thing on Saturday morning from Rotorua. Was a perfect morning for flying so got great views out of the plane on take off and landing. Wellington has it's own version of the Hollywood sign which is visable on the hillside as you fly in, sadly wasn't quick enough to get a photo though. There is lots to do in Wellington so i'd made myself a bit of an itinerary, starting with the Weta...

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Apr 20, 2017 - April 20, 2017 – Wellington, North Island, New Zealand

April 20, 2017 – Wellington, North Island, New Zealand Patsy and I did separate tours today. I’ll tell about mine, and then Patsy will tell about hers. I did the Highlights of Wellington. The 1st stop was at Mount Victoria where we saw the Robert Byrd Memorial. The memorial is a tent with the ridge pole pointing due south to Antarctica. From the top of Mount Victoria, you get a 360 degree view of the city of Wellington. The way down is via a narrow, and I do mean narrow, curvy one way street with cars parked along it. The bus rounded a...

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Apr 4, 2017 - Crossed Cook Straight to Wellington

We had a rather rough crossing from the South Island this morning. Stormy weather which is due to the remnants of cyclone Debbie is now hitting NZ. We did a waterfront walk and passed by the historic train station which seemed to be very busy. So we went in to check it out.And we ended up taking a 2 hour commuter train ride along the coast and back to Wellington. The customer service guy told us that when cruise ship passengers want to see some of Wellington's surroundings, they are advised to take this little trip. Anyhow, it got exciting...

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Apr 4, 2017 - Wellington, New Zealand

Tuesday, April 4, 2017 Wellington, New Zealand TRAVEL QUOTE OF THE DAY: “To travel is to discover that everyone is wrong about other countries.” - Aldous Huxley Well, not ALL other countries….New Zealand is excellent and its reputation is well deserved. I kid you not - you have got to come see this place for yourself! Woke up to a rainy day but the rain wasn’t as heavy as I expected upon getting up at 8. No real reason to get up early today since it’s raining and we’re only going into Wellington and the museums don’t open till 10. So we...

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Mar 19, 2017 - No need for Wellington boots!

TWe arrive in Wellington on a bright sunny day. The last time we were in Wellington we just passed through it to get on the ferry to South Island. This time we planned to go to the National Museum, Te Papa and the Botanical Gardens. We caught the shuttle bus into town and walked along the waterfront to the museum. This is one of the best museums we have been to and really you need at least a day to get the most out of the experience,.we only had about 90 minutes! We could just visit two galleries, Gallipoli and Fire & Ice. We walked back...

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Feb 21, 2017 - Wellington

Wellington became the capital of New Zealand in 1865, after Auckland. The South Island had complained about the capital being in the far north, so they moved it to Wellington which is in the southern tip of the North Island. We started by going to a wildlife sanctuary called Zeelandia, which is a place trying to restore endangered species. We saw lots of strange birds and plants etc. We then went for a ride in the cable car, which is a funicular railway. Got some good views from the top. We then drove around town, seeing the parliamentary...

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