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The Climax

Every good novel has a plot line, something happens (Lou and Martin land in New Zealand), the characters commit to a goal (we head out on our NZ adventure), rising action (Russell, Rotorua, The Squeeze, White Island, Tongariro Crossing, Kapiti…

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Kiwis Everywhere

I rushed into the empty room disappointed and frustrated when I heard a voice behind me, “Can I help you?” I spun around and saw a man walking my way, “Probably not, I think we missed the ferry.” Lou and…

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The Napa of New Zealand

Napier is one of New Zealand’s wine regions, on the east coast and considered the art deco capital, a sleepy little coastal town with the surf washing up on beautiful clean beaches.  We loved our little apartment/room overlooking the ocean,…

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Gentle Annie

Gentle Annie has all the right curves in all the right places, hot, beautiful and blond. She was a blast.  Annie is something everyone who visits New Zealand should enjoy, a 90 mile track between Taihape and Hastings, one of…

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Tongariro Crossing

 It’s 5am in the morning and we are racing down the highway ready for another unknown adventure. We got a long drive ahead of us, (2 ½ hours) but an even longer hike (9 hours). The Tongariro Crossing is described…

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The Squeeze

We arrived in Rotorua after a long 6 hour drive. Everybody said this town stinks and they were right, literally. Because of the geothermic volcanic activity the whole town smells like rotten eggs (sulfur), but that’s okay because we came…

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7 Psychopaths

We went to the movies last night, NZ style. We walked into the town hall, masquerading as a movie theater and we could tell this was going to be a different experience. One row of people with two plastic chairs…

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The Phantom

We headed down early for a trip on the Phantom, a 50 foot sailboat so we could experience the Bay of Islands from the sea. It was a beautiful day and Rick and Robin were great hosts. There is something…

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Russell NZ

Russell is a little sea port was the first settlement of New Zealand by Europeans in the early 1800s. Found on the northern part of the north island in the Bay of Islands, the bay offered a good sea port…

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The Kiwis

We touched down in Auckland and headed downtown, for our one night in the “big city” before heading north.  It always takes me a bit of getting used to driving on the left side of the road. Everything is backwards,…

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