New Zealand

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South Island Archive

Top of South: Nelson, Tasman

Where we were the day that everything changed, March 23, 2020. Lockdown Lookback: “How long can this last?” led to a 14 month NZ odyssey, staying in 57 places, hiking 1,469.58 miles.

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Tasman: Abel Tasman’s Great Walk

Abel Tasman National Park: EASY terrain, walkable year-round! Short distances between huts and beaches with majestic valley views and coastal scener. A perfect destination if you have limited time. Heaps to do, spectacular tramps.

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Tasman: Cape Farewell

Paradise is at the top of South Island: NZ Wonders: Cape Farewell’s arch, andWharariki Beach (used as “The MS Windows Image” — stunning!

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East Coast: Akaroa-Lyttelton

My love of cliff walks started here – a volcanic landscape of steep hills and lush bays. Also developing a fondness for alpacas. An infatuation for both that just won’t go away.

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North Island Archive

Northland: Cape Reinga

Far Far North – Glorious east/west beaches, Bay after bay is a picture-book spot. Cape Reinga is breathtaking and the point where the spirits of the dead enter the underworld

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Northland: Paihia-Waitangi Treaty

New Zealand was transformed from an exclusively Māori world into one of European domination. The story is told at The Waitangi Treaty Grounds in the Far North. The historical site is stunning.

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Northland: Whangārei-Tutukaka

Whangārei is a “stop and stay” city with day walks and Great Walks, volcanic summits on every bay, roads that dead-end at wild ocean beaches. There are 12 golf courses, horse riding on the beach, snorkeling, world class diving at Poor Knight’s Island, fishing, bird watching (twitchers), yachting, bicycling.

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East Cape Escape

Taiawhiti “The coast upon which the sun shines on the water”…except during a week of torrential rain. But we sloshed onward.

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Waikato: Hobbiton

Welcome to The Shire: Visiting the Hobbiton is delightful! The original movie set is staged on the greenest of green hills with 44 hobbit holes dug into the hillside.

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