Wellington, New Zealand

            From Napier, we drove down to Wellington, New Zealand’s capitol, at the bottom of the South Island.             On the way, we got further reminders of just how empty most of New Zealand is. Like Canada, it is getting emptier. People are abandoning the smallest communities. We stopped in one rusting, rotting, flaking little […]

Nuke the Snowbirds!

            So, I’m in the pool at the Gulfport, Florida, condo complex where I’m visiting Miramichi friends John and Joyce LeBlanc.             A bunch of elderly women are gossiping and teasing each other. One of them says to another “So, you are leaving Monday?”             “Yes, I think so,” is the reply.             “No, no! […]

Miramichi Caucus in Napier, NZ

I have run into increasingly new and odd behaviour on the part of my blog software. It has not been allowing me to post pics. I’m using Michelle’s Mac so there may be some compatibility problems but they seem to be getting worse. I’ll fix as I can. Back in late October, I met Dan […]

New Zealand volcano territories

I’m getting frustrated with New Zealand internet access. There are tremendous number of providers selling access time and claiming to offer access from everywhere in the country. Others are strictly local which means a traveler loses unused time when moving from one location to another. The wireless network in Helensville is so bad it only […]

The Coromandel and Whitianga

Pics from left to right, top to bottom: (click on pic to enlarge) 1) View from the road to Coromandel 2) No room for utility poles on road to Coromandel 3) Farm and fishery property on Coromandel peninsual 4) Participant in UK Bristol owners New Zealand tour 5) Giant Flightless Pipi Picker 6) Oyster Catcher? […]

Miramichiers settled Helensville

Click on pictures to enlarge. From left from top – Helensville from the air; The Seagull; John & Helen McLeod; Isaac & Janet McLeod; Helensville Pioneer Museum staff, Glenyss Blackshaw, Judy Lloyd, Jean Davidson Years ago, I was excited when a Miramichi man told my father, George, about coming across a New Zealand town settled […]

Paihia & Bay of Islands

Pics from left: Yacht through trees from Russell, the former notorious whaling station; Lone campers on an island beach in Bay of Islands; Maori performers at the Waitanga Treaty grounds in Paihia. Paihia on the Bay of Islands, four hours north of Auckland is an excellent place to settle in for a few days on […]

Top tip of New Zealand

Pics from beginning: 1) Cape Reinga Lighthouse. Pacific Ocean on the right. Tasman Sea on the left. The very top of New Zealand. 2) The 64-mile-long 90 Mile Beach. Tour buses race up or down the beach depending on the tide at the time of the tour. 3) An ancient, protected Kauri tree. (Pic of […]

Auckland from the water

Auckland skyline with Sky Tower Classic Auckland building engulfed by office tower Old Auckland harbour lighthouse, now automated.           Some of the best views of Auckland are from the water.           One of the first things we learned on our harbour tour is that one in every five New Zealanders has a boat. One in […]

Michelle’s first New Zealand beach comb

Rose Garden Park in Auckland has 5,000 different roses . . . . and a beach. That’s Michelle on her first New Zealand beach.

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