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Feb 3, 2018 - Wellington

Day 27, Feb 3rd The storm passed and we headed up over Arthur's Pass to Christchurch to take the plane to Willington. We retraced some of the West Coast shore line. What a difference. The sun was shining and the Tasman Sea was calm. There was still a lot of evidence of the storm of the past days with downed trees on the roadside, partially washed out roads, and the rivers running high and muddy. Now the landscape was exciting, brimming with natural beauty with waterfalls and peaks hidden in the clouds. At one point we got off the beaten...

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Feb 2, 2018 - Wellington New Zealand

History: Wellington “coolest little capital in the world “. It is nestled bar the southwest tip of the north island. It enjoys views of Cook Strait and the Rimutaka Range. Homes are built high on the side of mountains where cable cars are a necessary mode of transportation. Very fun place to visit. The bee hive Parliament House says it all.

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Feb 2, 2018 - Windy Wellington, Capital of New Zealand

It was pretty rocking and rolling last night. Glad we had our sea bands on. This morning the clouds burned off and it was a beautiful, 65 degree day perfect for our excursions. Actually put on long sleeves and pants for the first time since leaving LA. Our excursion was to Zealandia, a deep valley just up hill from Wellington where they have fenced it in with special fencing so no outside mammals can get in. New Zealand has no native mammals except for a small fruit bat. Until the Maori showed up 1500 years ago, it had only birds and...

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Jan 20, 2018 - Wellington

We left Napier on 20th Jan for Wellington. Nice drive through the countryside. Saw a sign for "Rivendell" so had to give that a looking at. Turned out to be a nice walk through the trees to see the movie locations. Also did a walk down to the river and watched people jumping from the bridge into a pool. Must have been about 10m. Not for me! Found the AirBnB in Wellington easily enough and what a great place it was. Fantastic views overlooking the city. The walk to the city was 20min downhill but we elected to go for Uber on the way back....

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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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Oct 31, 2017 - Wellington: Zealandia and Weta Cave

October 31, 2017-The big deal for Wellington in the Adventure Caravans tour was Zealandia.This is a nature preserve carved out of an area aroubnd an old reservoir where non-native species were driven out and specied native to New Zealand are preserved in a wild setting. There is a sizable and well-engineered fence designed to keep predators out. This is where Adventure Caravans had us spending our entire day—the only full day we had in Wellington. I’m sorry—I am just not that dedicated to birds when there were other things to see in the...

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Oct 30, 2017 - Mount Bruce and the road to Wellington

The Mount Bruce Wildlife Sanctuary was on the road to Wellington. This was a bird sanctuary to protect and preserve birds that are iconic to New Zealand. They had some Kakas, rare Arctic parrots that did a regular feeding there. And they featured a rare white Kiwi. We saw him running around in a red lighted cage. Kiwis are funny, because you think they are little bitty guys with long beaks when they are really the size of a football. I think this white kiwi was a little crazy as he was running around frantically through the cage. But we saw...

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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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