Monthly Archives: March 2014

Last Day!

Our last day touring with our Tauck group. It has been a fantastic trip! We started the day with a bus tour around Auckland. We then boarded a ferry to Waieke Island and when we arrived we embarked on bus … Continue reading

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Making Our Way to Auckland

This morning we boarded our charter plane again and flew from the South Island of New Zealand back to the North Island. We landed in Rotorua and rode by bus to the Te Puia Cultural Center where we learned more … Continue reading

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Helicopter Flight and Walter Peak Sheep Station

I loved the helicopter ride! It was my first and I was a little apprehensive, but it was incredible. Very smooth and the views were, again, breathtaking. The flight was only about fifteen minutes and we landed at Walter Peak … Continue reading

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Jet Boating in Queenstown

Our day started with a somewhat harrowing one hour ride up and then back down a mountain on a one-lane gravel road to the embarkation point for our Skipper’s Canyon Jet Boating adventure. The scenery on the mountain was stunning … Continue reading

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Shearing and Sipping

This morning we boarded the bus for the two-hour ride to Queenstown, which will be our home for the next three nights. The ride was through very picturesque sheep and cattle ranching country. Our guide, Lisa, has been coming here … Continue reading

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Fiords of New Zealand

I can seriously say that the scenery that we saw today was the most beautiful that I have seen in my 70+ years. Our excursion took us from Te Anau to Milford Sound. We stopped along the way at Mirror … Continue reading

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Charter Flights and Marlbourough Sound

This morning we boarded our private prop plane (48 seats) for our trip to Marlborough Sound, which is at the northern tip of the South Island of New Zealand. What a pleasant change! The bus pulled right up to the … Continue reading

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Hello New Zealand

We flew to Wellington, New Zealand yesterday and this morning we boarded a bus for a tour of the city. Our first stop was at the Parliament where we had a wonderful guided tour. New Zealand is a very small … Continue reading

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A Day With Our “Aussie Family”

Yesterday we met up with Megan and Glenn, our Australian “family”. They were kind enough to travel into Sydney from their home, which is about an hour away. We caught a ferry to Watson’s Bay, a very quiet little place. … Continue reading

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Sydney Day Three

We started yesterday with a stop at Featherdale Wildlife Park. We were there very early so the animals were awake and our group of 38 were the only ones there. Many of the animals are right in the open. Some, … Continue reading

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