Monthly Archives: January 2016

Headed for the West Coast

The west coast of the South Island is often referred to as the “Wet Coast” and for good reason.  Weeks ago, we had looked at the weather forecasts and said No Way, heading instead for Mt Cook, the Banks Peninsula, … Continue reading

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An introduction to the Marlborough Sounds

“Marlborough Sounds” shows up on many a wine label in New Zealand, as it is one of the (many) wine regions.  We’ve been sampling the wines; it’s time to visit the region. We spent a few days over Christmas in Blenheim, … Continue reading

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Epic Roads, part b

Well, we started hearing about another epic road. “Have you heard about the Molesworth?” “Are you heading for the Molesworth?” It was very like hearing about the Nevis Road, including hearing that the Molesworth Station contains “the highest point on … Continue reading

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Where New Zealand almost became French

New Zealand hasn’t been peopled all that long.  There’s quite a lot of debate about actually how long.  There is some understanding that the first arrivals of Polynesians was in the 13th century.  These early settlers developed in to the … Continue reading

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Springtime in the Mountains

Aoraki, “The Cloud Piercer”, also known as Mt. Cook, is New Zealand’s highest peak at 3724 m (12, 218 ft).  And it’s surrounded by other peaks.  The national park sharing the peak’s name has 22 peaks over 3000 m. It … Continue reading

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