Tag Archives: New Zealand

Around the World – In Pictures

Around the world in pictures – featuring a G.C. Cansler Version of “Be Thou My Vision”.    

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The Long Way Home…

Home. I’ve been calling this trip the long way home since my sister and I decided to go to New Zealand and I decided to, well, take the long way home.  Referring to my trip as the long way home really got me thinking about what home really is…because I need to be very honest, […]

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New Zealand – In Review

It would not surprise me if I saw a unicorn.  Seriously not surprise me one bit if while I was in New Zealand, driving the roads, enjoying the incredible vistas, if a unicorn walked across the street farting gold dust while being ridden by a hobbit. I would simply smile and acknowledge that yes, the […]

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EATS! New Zealand

The food amazed us in New Zealand.  I did go to this country with expectations of nothing but lamb, pies, fish & chips and the thought that most towns would have better curry shops, thai food and Indian places than local grub could provide.  The curries and Thai we had were great but the local, […]

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Destruction & Hope

Christchurch, New Zealand Arriving in Christchurch via train was uneventful.  Crusing the suburbs where televisions flash by in windows of suburban homes illuminating scenes of daily life – mothers holding children and watching the train, families sitting for dinner and other homes appearing oddly vacant aside from the glow from a flat screen on the […]

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Day Drinking

It’s time we call “wine tasting” what it really is for most of us – Day Drinking. Wine Tasting is the perfect excuse to start with a tipple around 11am and keep it going until 5.  This way, when you are half cocked at the pub meeting your blokes at 5.30 or 6 and they […]

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Whale Watch

For one hour and fifteen minutes I was afraid we had paid 250 bucks to listen to people vomit and waft in the after effects.  The sea was angry and Whale Watch Kaikoura has little interest in sacrificing an opportunity to show you a whale. Even if the gusts out of the southwest have reached […]

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Video Blog – Road Trip Days 2, 3 & 4

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Doubtful Sound

I am very fortunate to have seen many beautiful places on this earth. Doubtful Sound in the Fiorjland region in the south Island of New Zealand is now in my personal top 3 most beautiful.  (Patagonia – Mount Fitz Roy/El Chalten area and the Aitutaki Lagoon in the Cook Islands are the other two.)  These […]

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Road Trip – Day 1

Queenstown to Manapuri When you book a trip during shoulder season, typically you HOPE that the seasons favor the one to come rather than the one winding down.  Our first days here in New Zealand have more than favored Winter, rather than the Spring we had hoped.     Our first day on the road […]

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