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Out and About in Napier, NZ

After two-and-a-half amazing weeks on the South Island, we finally transferred to the North Island. Two quick, smooth Air New Zealand flights took us from Nelson to Wellington to Napier, where we rented another Toyota Camry. For the rest of our travel day and all of the next day, we took in the fantastic Art…

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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…

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Driving NZ – Picton to Nelson

Day 14 of our extended New Zealand vacation brought a couple of surprises. Not only did I lose (and find) our little point and shoot camera, but it took 7 hours to travel from Bay of Many Coves to Nelson on New Zealand’s beautiful South Island – a distance of about 150 km! And there…