Travel Rx – And New Zealand’s Pesky Sandflies

Disclaimer #1: The following is based on my own experience, and should not be considered medical advice.

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Tears of the Avalanche Girl – Franz Josef Glacier

Considered the gem of New Zealand’s West Coast glaciers, Franz Josef is a 7.5 mile long glacier located in Westland Tai Poutini National Park on the West Coast of New Zealand’s South Island. Anything is Possible Travel - Franz Josef Glacier

Together with the Fox Glacier, 12 miles to the south, it is unique in descending from the Southern Alps to less than 980 ft above sea level, amidst the greenery and lushness of a temperate rainforest. Continue reading

Pancake Rocks

Along the West Coast of New Zealand’s South Island, with the Southern Alps to the east and the Tasman Sea to the west, we traveled south toward Hokitika for a night’s stay.

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Map of South Island’s West Coast

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Abel Tasman National Park – And one of the Great Walks of New Zealand!

Although most of my travel posts talk about wheelchair accessibility, today’s post does not.

Unfortunately, my cruise-and-walk excursion to Abel Tasman National Park did not appear to be accessible, and an inquiry to Wilsons (the company that provided the tour) confirms the inaccessibility:

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Hello, South Island

Tuesday, Feb. 19, 2013

As we entered Queen Charlotte Sound (from the wider expanse of Cook Strait, after leaving Wellington), I was standing as close to the bow of the ship as I could get. There were probably 20 or 30 people standing out there, and it was quiet. It was as though we were greeting the South Island with reverence and awe.

Hello, South Island

Entering Queen Charlotte Sound

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Wine Tasting in Hawke’s Bay, New Zealand

Upon our arrival in Napier, and before reaching our lodging, we stopped at Esk Valley Estate to enjoy the view of the bay and our first official taste of Hawke’s Bay wine. Images by RJM Continue reading

Roads Go Ever Ever On

I am not a devotee of the LOTR trilogy. In fact, the movies put me to sleep.

However, I have been to Middle Earth (aka New Zealand), and I fell in love with that beautiful country.

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Abel Tasman National Park, South Island, New Zealand

Today, September 22nd, is the birthday of Bilbo and Frodo Baggins. In their honor, I share the following … Continue reading

The Heart of the Milky Way

I am always filled with awe when I look up into a night sky filled with stars.

I live in a city, and my nighttime view is usually illuminated by the lights of civilization rather than by the stars. On those infrequent occasions when I am in a position to stargaze I can usually find a few familiar astral landmarks: The North Star, The Big Dipper, and Orion’s Belt.

So during my travels in New Zealand I was eager to see stars I had never seen before, those of the Southern Hemisphere. Continue reading

Necessary Places

After spending hours in a tour vehicle, or wandering through a museum, market or garden, that all-important stop to take care of bodily needs is essential.

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It’s important to know how to properly use the facilities!

When traveling with a wheelchair, knowing where to find an accessible “Restroom / WC / Toilette” is even more important. Continue reading