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New Zealand - February 2005

February 9-27, 2005

Day 1:
Pictures and Captions
  • Auckland: walking around the city
Days 2 to 3: Pictures and Captions
  • Auckland to Rotorua via Hamilton; 
  • trail at Lake Rotorua; 
  • tour of Maori Arts & Crafts Institute, Whakarewarewa Thermal Reserve, and Rotowhio Marae; 
  • walk in Redwood Forest.
Days 4 to 5: Pictures and Captions
  • Wai-O-Tapu thermal park, Lady Knox Geyser; 
  • Huka Falls; 
  • Lake Taupo
Days 5 to 6: Pictures and Captions
  • Napier and its Art Deco architecture; 
  • Hawke's Bay wineries
Days 7 to 9: Pictures and Captions
  • Martinborough; 
  • Wellington: Mount Victoria, Cable Car and Museum, Botanical Garden, "Te Papa" National Museum; 
  • Ferry from Wellington to Picton
Days 9 to 11: Pictures and Captions
  • Blenheim: Uno Più; 
  • Picton: trail to Bob's Bay; 
  • Marlborough wineries 
  • Boat trip in Queen Charlotte Sound
Days 12 to 13: Pictures and Captions
  • Scenic drive from Picton to Nelson; 
  • walk along the Maitai River in Nelson; 
  • walk in Abel Tasman National Park, from Marahau to Appletree Bay, and back
Days 14 to 15: Pictures and Captions
  • Punakaiki: Punakaiki Rocks Villas, and seashore; 
  • Truman Track; 
  • Dolomite Point: pancake rocks and blowholes; 
  • Pororari Track to the Inland Pack Track
Days 16 to 18: Pictures and Captions
  • Arthur's Pass: on Otira Gorge Road, and near town; 
  • Akaroa, on the Banks Peninsula; 
  • Christchurch, around town
Back home in Newton, two days later: 

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Some related links of interest:  

Two places that we particularly enjoyed staying in and recommend highly:

Ross Glyn Homestay, Martinborough - a delightfully homestay with a very friendly older couple. This appears to have been turned into a hotel of the same name now. 

Uno Più, Blenheim
 - old world hospitality with an Italian accent in a luxurious setting. They don't seem to have their own website any more, but are highly rated. 

My own "wine diary": summary of tasting notes of over a hundred New Zealand wines

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