Tag Archives: New Zealand

Dipping in a toe

Late last year I travelled to New Zealand with my son, the Lawyer of these pages. I was reminded of one particular post from that trip by Helen Jones’ piece that referenced a man made surfing lake in North Wales. Helen … Continue reading

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Kia Ora Koutou Katoa – Back in Blighty

The longer address in the heading is, I’m told by my delightful friends in Christchurch, the correct form of address for more than 2 people. I hope I am addressing more than two people. I dream…. I have been asked … Continue reading

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Kia Ora day 19: Little Boy and Fat Man – in praise of knicker elastic

For those determined readers who have travelled this far with me, this is likely to be my last post from New Zealand. Tomorrow we head for Christchurch once again but that is merely a staging post on our long journey … Continue reading

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Kia Ora days 17 and 18: Darting about and Sounding Off

Queenstown has been sunny and sparkling. After a joyful day in the woods we caught a coach to the Dart River at Glenorchy. Glenorchy is a small township that nestles in Maori land. It is surrounded by a few farms … Continue reading

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Kia Ora days 15 and 16 – mountains of everything

As we drove south from Franz Josef Glacier it became apparent that what the South Island is good at is excess. Mountains, lakes, empty and perfect highways, foliage. Boy does it do foliage and is it green. Like a rainforest … Continue reading

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Kia Ora days 14 and 15: Go West Young Man

Leaving Christchurch was a wrench. We never made the Quake museum nor the City Museum. We fly home from there so maybe we’ll have time to fill those gaps. The reason was we had a train to catch. Now, I’m … Continue reading

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Kia Ora day thirteen – tears for a town.

Christchurch. That title could be just as easily tears: (n) watery droplet secreted from the eye socket; or tears: (n) rips in the fabric. We drove down to Christchurch after breakfast in improving weather allowing views of the Pacific and small … Continue reading

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Kia Ora Days eleven and twelve: three act town and flying south towards summer

Ok so the titles are getting a bit strained, some would say deliberately misleading (we aren’t flying after all) mainly because I’ve settled into a nicely complacent fug of limited adrenaline expenditure and fine eating. These two days capture us … Continue reading

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Kia Ora day eleven: Boots on, It’s Wellington (part one)

The drive from Napier was long and wet. A Kiwi described the pulse of rain as a weather bomb which seems apt. It was pretty smooth, mind you, since the traffic out of Wellington (maybe it’s a long weekend or … Continue reading

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Kia Ora day ten – having a deco at Napier

Hands up how many of you have heard of Napier? Can you place it in New Zealand? And why was it a must visit on my itinerary?   As with so much in the middle section of NZ the seismic activity … Continue reading

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