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Better Late Than Never . . .

Posted Feb 10 2014 in ,

Forrest’s Two Cents I composed this post in early December, then forgot about it for two months. Is old news better than no news? I report, you decide. In mid-November, we were among a group of ten trampers on the Banks Peninsula Track. Enterprising Kiwi farm families joined together to create this track across mostly […]

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Cruizin’ in New Z

Posted Feb 9 2014 in

Forrest’s Two Cents Doubtful Sound, the second largest New Z fiord, is so remote that we had to take a cruise just to get to our cruise ship! After crossing beautiful Lake Manapouri by boat and then cresting the Wilmot Pass by bus, we got our first view of this pristine wilderness: After some more […]

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Bottom of New Z!

Posted Feb 2 2014 in

Stewart Island was hard to reach. Our ferry from Bluff was canceled twice due to extreme weather in Foveaux Strait. The 2:00 ferry was a ‘go’ but what a rollicking roller coaster of waves we endured. (Thank you sea sick pills!) Maori legend claims the South Island is the ‘canoe’ and Stewart Island the ‘anchor’. This chain […]

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Nugget Point Lighthouse

Posted Jan 31 2014 in

All our Kiwi friends insist the Catlins are a scenic treasure so we took their advice and spent a day exploring this southeastern coastal area between Dunedin and Invercargill. We enjoyed a mix of native forest, green hilly farmland, waterfalls, and coastline. And at one point we herded sheep with the car. I enjoyed the […]

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Penguin Papa and his ‘wee poppers’

Posted Jan 30 2014 in

We took a ‘Nature’s Wonders’ seal and penguin 4-wheel drive tour on the tip of 15-mile long Otago Peninsula. Upon reaching a secluded and privately owned beach (part of a working farm/eco tourism venture) our guide pointed out two yellow-eyed penguin chicks hiding in the scrub. Hello babies! These little guys are waiting for mum […]

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All Aboard!

Posted Jan 29 2014 in

Forrest’s Two Cents Transformed from sleepy port and farming village to New Zealand’s largest and richest city virtually overnight by gold, Dunedin displays its wealthy past in more older, impressive buildings than any other New Zealand city. None is more impressive than the railroad station completed in 1906. Dunedin at that time was the commercial […]

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Check These Out . . .

Posted Jan 28 2014 in

Forrest’s Two Cents We’ve been to more places recently, especially at the southern end of the South Island. Check out how much of New Zealand we’ve visited at: Where We’ve Been Also, we’ve gotten better at taking panoramic photos, and so we’ve added several of them at: Panoramic New Z We’ll continue to update both […]

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On the rocks

Posted Jan 28 2014 in

On the drive south from Christchurch to Dunedin, we stopped at the strange spherical Moeraki Boulders. The unusual rocks have long been the subject of speculation and myth. What makes them so round? Why are they the only ones with this shape along the long coast of New Z? What’s your theory? They make everyone […]

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Farthest Forrest! (and Sara!)

Posted Jan 27 2014 in

Forrest’s Two Cents Here we are at the south end of Ulva Island, surrounded by Paterson’s Inlet and Stewart Island – our farthest south on this trip and ever at just under 47 degrees south latitude. The only people living south of here are the hardy souls in extreme southern Chile and Argentina, and in […]

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What’s cookin’?

Posted Jan 18 2014 in

Some countries, France and Italy come to mind, are gourmet destinations. New Zealand- not. But we hear of some dishes and ingredients over and over again and they are shared in this playful cookbook: Everyone talks about Whitebait Fritters. They’re a big deal during whitebait season. (Forrest tried a whitebait omelet and said it was […]

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