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7/10/2009 I was lucky to get to Rotorua at all, as the road to there, via Taupo, had been closed for the previous 3 days, with bad snow! The people in Napier said it was the first time in 25 years, that the road has been closed for so long.On the way there, on the… Read more »

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29/9/2009 So now I’m in Wellington. The weather is not great but that’s partly what the museums are good for, to immerse yourself in the culture, on rainy days like this. The weather was miserable when I got to Wellington last Tuesday, pouring out of the heavens and windy to boot! Wednesday morning wasn’t much… Read more »

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24/9/2009 It was my birthday on Tuesday. I didn’t do much, as I was in Lake Tekapo for the first half of the day and traveling to Christchurch, the second part of the day. But I made up for it, a little bit, the following night because I went to a dance in Blenheim. I got… Read more »

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20/9/2009 After spending 5 days in Kaikoura, I decided to backtrack a little bit and head to Lake Tekapo. It meant going back through Christchurch and on out to the southwest, towards the mountains. I had been to an Observatory in Christchurch and seen a cluster of stars through a small telescope there, called the… Read more »

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10/9/2009 So now I’m in Christchurch. I got here last Thursday and the weather has been great since Friday. I took a Lord of the Rings Edoras Tour, with Hassle Free Tours, to visit the location of where they filmed “Edoras”. www.hasslefree.co.nz I had been wanting to do this for the last four years, since… Read more »

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21/1/2012 One evening, on our way out to dinner, Deb’s Australian neighbour enlightened us on some of the scary, poisonous animals in Melbourne and Australia. The whole conversation started because this neighbour, Ray, had called us over on our  way out one evening, to show us something in the neighbour’s garden, which he was looking… Read more »

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21/1/2012 We all decided that we’d get up early and drive down to Phillip Island, south of Melbourne. It has lots of nature parks and wildlife reserves and a stunning coastline to boot. It took us just over an hour to get there and the first place we went to was the Koala Conservation Centre…. Read more »