This internationally-famous resort town rests on the shores of Lake Wakatipu at the foot of the majestic Remarkables mountain range. Its picture-perfect landscape has been the backdrop of many movies, most recently “The Hobbit” as well as “The Lord of the Rings” trilogy. Continue reading
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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
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.
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:
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.
There are many reasons to love New Zealand’s capital city:
Its beautiful waterfront, Continue reading
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.
Today, September 22nd, is the birthday of Bilbo and Frodo Baggins. In their honor, I share the following … Continue reading
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