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Hiking New Zealand – Cape Kidnappers Gannet Colonies

We usually opt for a fair bit of structure when we go on vacation. We plan some sort of excursion, hike, museum visit or tour most days, leaving an open day every 5 or 6 days to allow for extra rest, to deal with any urgent business that crops up back at home, to do…

Harwood-Hole

LOTR Excursion to Chestwood Forest

We opted to spend our last full day on New Zealand's South Island with Noel Kennedy, owner of Wine, Art & Wilderness tours. Given our boys' interest in Sir Peter Jackson's Lord of the Rings movies, we asked Noel to plan a day that would highlight Nelson-area shooting locations for the Hobbit movie trilogy. It's…

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Scenic Cruise – Abel Tasman National Park, NZ

Six hours cruising along the coast of Abel Tasman National Park was one of the absolute highlights of our extended New Zealand vacation. Out on the Maria Antonina, with skipper Rod Stuart from Abel Tasman Charters, we enjoyed non-stop sunshine and scenery. Over the course of the day we spotted several seals, lots of birds…