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Last Day of Our Vacation

November 08, 2012 - When we started our river cruise on our one full day in Melbourne, it hadn't started raining yet. But soon it was rai...
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Moving on to Melbourne

November 08, 2012 - We landed in Melbourne in the afternoon and as soon as we got settled into our hotel, we walked to the river. We...
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Tour of the Sydney Opera House

November 07, 2012 - Linda and I each spent $25 for a tour of the Sydney Opera House. It was more than I remembered paying last year, but the...
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Writers Walk in Sydney

November 07, 2012 - A new discovery for me in Sydney along the Quai was Writers Walk. It's hard to believe I missed this when I was there la...
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One More Day in Sydney

November 07, 2012 - We spent our last morning of sightseeing in Sydney at the harbor (which they call the Quai as in "key") We also took a h...
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Bondi Beach

November 06, 2012 - After the lunch break at Darling Harbor, we got back on the bus with Ben and enjoyed more sightseeing. We stopped at one...
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Melbourne Cup Day in Sydney

November 06, 2012 - Our guide, Ben, dropped us off at Darling Harbor for a couple of hours - lunch on our own. We did find a great restauran...
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Moving on to Sydney, Australia

November 06, 2012 - The iconic Sydney opera house…. Our flight from Queenstown to Sydney was not until 1 pm, so we had a leisurely morning...
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Evening at the Farm

November 05, 2012 - It was dark by the time we boarded the Earnslaw for the cruise back to the QT waterfront after a wonderful evening. The...
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Earnslaw Vintage Steamship

November 05, 2012 - I've posted images of Lake Wakatipu in Queenstown before, but this post is about our cruise on the Earnslaw Vintage Stea...
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Arrowtown continued

November 04, 2012 - My favorite part of our visit to Arrowtown was our walk along the river (creek, stream?). It was just so pretty and plea...
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Arrowtown

November 04, 2012 - Arrowtown is a cute little enclave with enough history to attract tourists from Queenstown. Besides its history as a gol...
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Milford Sound - Incredible!

November 03, 2012 - Oh my, what gorgeous scenery! Linda and I were not looking forward to the four hour bus ride from Queenstown to Milford...
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Bus Ride to Milford Sound

November 03, 2012 - The four hour bus ride from our hotel in Queenstown to Milford Sound was far more enjoyable than we expected because the...
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View from the Top of Queenstown

November 02, 2012 - First there was a hill and stairs from downtown Queenstown. From there we took a gondola to the top of the mountain. At...
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Queenstown Waterfront

November 02, 2012 - The town and the waterfront are right next to each other. The Remarkables(snow covered mountains) and Lake Wakapitu make...
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Queenstown's City Centre

November 02, 2012 - Here are a few views of downtown, or the City Centre as they call it here. QT kind of reminds me of Jackson, Wyoming - s...
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Moving on to Queenstown

November 02, 2012 - It was just a 25 minute flight to Queenstown, and even the landing scenery was gorgeous. A path alongside Lake Wakapitu...
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Shoes and More Shoes

November 01, 2012 - Last time I posted a selection of men's shoes from one of the container shops in Christchurch. The women's shoes were no...
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Men's Shoes that Amazed Us

November 01, 2012 - My, oh my! Linda and I had so much fun in this store at the Container Mall in Christchurch. She was busy trying on shoes...
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More Going On at Container Mall

November 01, 2012 - My last post showed some of the shops that cover a few blocks of this prime real estate in Christchurch. The location is...
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Christchurch Container Mall

November 01, 2012 - After we left the museum, we wandered over to the Container Mall. It's one of the most creative solutions to destruction...
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Canterbury Museum of History

October 31, 2012 - Our last day in Christchurch began at this museum. Because of earthquake damage, only part is open to visitors, but it w...
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Punting on the Avon in Christ Church

October 31, 2012 - We got aboard at the boathouse and were off for a delightful ride along the Avon River in Christ Church. Here are a few...
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Antigua Boatsheds of Christ Church

October 31, 2012 - We came back to the Botanic Gardens late in the afternoon for a chance to glide along the Avon River like we'd seen peop...
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Chocolate Bus

October 31, 2012 - The Chocolate Bus, a 1947 two-decker, offered a unique tour of downtown Christchurch. Memorably delicious hot chocolate...
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Photography Exhibit in Christchurch

October 31, 2012 - This sign is not just a promotion for a photography exhibit. It is the beginning of the exhibit itself! Because the art...
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Christ's College

October 31, 2012 - Christ's College is one of New Zealand's oldest schools and also one of its most progressive. It was established in 1851...
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Christchurch Botanic Gardens

October 31, 2012 - This fountain is at the entrance to the Christchurch Botanic Gardens where Linda and I enjoyed wandering about grounds f...
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Christchurch Still Recovering

October 31, 2012 - It didn't take us long to realize that Christchurch is still very much in the throes of recovery from a major earthquake...
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Moving on to the South Island: Wellington to Christchurch

October 30, 2012 - We left Wellington on October 30 to visit the South Island cities of Christchurch and Queenstown. First we took the luxu...
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Wellington: City and Country Views

October 29, 2012 - An excellent Parliament tour turned out to be a good way to begin our one full day in Wellington, though observing Parli...
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Old & New St. Paul's Church in Wellington

October 28, 2012 - Linda wanted to check out St. Paul's Anglican church in Wellington, so we set out to find it. The original church, it tu...
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Wellingon, capitol of New Zealand

October 28, 2012 - Our flight to Wellington from Rotarua was only about an hour, so we arrived at our hotel, the Rydges, in the middle the...
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Rotarua: Volcano Territory

October 27, 2012 - Linda and I were picked up at the hotel at 8 am by a guide named Trent for a geothermal and rainforest tour of Rotarua....
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Rotarua's Museum/Art Gallery/Former Spa

October 26, 2012 - This building was a two minute walk from our hotel, the Millennium, and it's too big to capture in one photo with the si...
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Rotarua - another North Island City

October 26, 2012 - When I think back on Rotarua, my first impression is the wisteria - I've never seen such gorgeous displays of it, perfec...
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Last Day In Auckland

October 25, 2012 - On our last day in Auckland, we took a bus to the New Zealand Museum where we learned a lot about the Maori culture and...
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Day 3 in Aukland continued: Beach

October 24, 2012 - I loved the beach. The weather was gorgeous and we spent at least an hour enjoying this magnificent scenery. Great day i...
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Day 3 in Auckland: Art Museum, Bush & Beach Tour

October 24, 2012 - We walked from our hotel to the Auckland Art Museum which is a gorgeous structure, full of wood, glass and light. There...
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Day 2 in Auckland: City Tour, Harbor Cruise, Maritime Museum

October 23, 2012 - Our day started with a bus tour of the city. I had my journal with me so I kept jotting down the names of places the dri...
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Day1 in Auckland continued: Albert Park

October 22, 2012 - Albert Park caught our attention as we were walking back to our hotel on our first day in Auckland. Trees, flowers, foun...
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New Zealand - Pat & Linda's Adventure Begins

October 22, 2012 - We landed in Auckland, New Zealand on October 22, 2012. it was a cool, drizzly morning. Linda and I'd both slept quite a...
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