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Fiordlands National Park, New Zealand

The weather presented some challenges for our sail to Oban and Steward Island which is a natural habitat for lots of wildlife. We were lulled to sleep by the swells in the sea and awoke to continued high winds as we approached the island. The captain decided the sea was too churned up for the…

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Dunedin, New Zealand

Our tour of this well-preserved Victorian city was full of interesting places! We stopped at Baldwin Street- the former world’s steepest street which presented a challenge to these three to climb! The incline in the background was steeper than this photo presents! Otago University, New Zealand first university, is home to over 20,000 students who…

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Arakoa and Christchurch, New Zealand

We set our anchor quite aways from the shoreline in Arakoa since we arrived at low tide. We were transported to the port’s wharf via tender boats from the cruise ship. Once there, we met our guide, Dermot who took great care of us during our visit to Christchurch!  We took a leisurely journey through the…

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Wellington, New Zealand

It was another beautiful day on the North Island! We have enjoyed the scenery, the people and the food that we have been surrounded by! Today was a holiday. Waitangi Day, the national day of New Zealand, commemorating the signing of the Treaty of Waitangi in 1840, which is regarded as New Zealand’s founding document.…

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Napier, New Zealand

In February 1931, Napier was destroyed by an earthquake that measured 7.8 on the Richter scale. and uncontrolled fire but was astonishingly rebuilt during the Great Depression in just under two years. The ground shook for less than three minutes, fires broke out all around, and 261 lives were lost.  As a result of the…

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