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Christchurch for a Day

We got a very brief window in Christchurch after our Waitangi Day celebration at Okains Bay; we had 24 hours! Four Quick Stops to Make We met Viki and her son Seth from Astrolabe Sailing, who had offered to show us around Christchurch and talk cruising.  We are so glad we took Viki up on…

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Waitangi Day in Okains Bay

We were excited to get to spend Waitangi Day in New Zealand and see a celebration while traveling around.  We attended the largest celebration in the South Island, held outside of Christchurch in Okains Bay at the Maori and Colonial Museum.  Unfortunately, we were pretty underwhelmed with the events.  There were so many people for…

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Two Days in Wellington

This post is part of our 35-day road trip in New Zealand! After catching the rugby games in Wellington, we walked back through Cuba Street to our Airbnb, checking out some of Wellington’s nightlife before two days of sightseeing. Day 1:  Market, Somes Island, and the Waterfront Harborside Market Sunday morning kicks off in Wellington…

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Kiwifruit Country: Kiwi Orchard in Tauranga

Our next stop in the Tauranga region was Kiwifruit Country.  We’d seen kiwi orchards all along our drive in the North Island.  The plots are often surrounded by barrier trees that have been trained to be tall and thin.  The barrier trees block noise and wind to protect the trees. What are Kiwis? It doesn’t…

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Hiking Mount Maunganui in Tauranga, New Zealand

After camping at McLaren Falls and kayaking with glowworms, we packed up our camping gear and took off to hike Mount Maunganui. Mount Maunganui is located in Tauranga, the 5th largest city in New Zealand with a population of just over 100,000. We stayed at a fantastic Airbnb – one where the second B really…