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Midweek Snapshot – New Zealand – December 2010

Midweek Snapshot – New Zealand – December 2010

By | November 14, 2011 at 9:06 am | 2 comments

By James Cook [caption id="attachment_2751" align="aligncenter" width="590"] The Buddhist Meadow[/caption] When I first came to New Zealand I spent a night at a Buddhist Retreat. My friend Dan and I came across it when we were looking for a cheap place to camp. It was the...

Posted in: James, New Zealand, Oceania, Photos

The Worst of the Great Walks – The Rakiura Track

The Worst of the Great Walks – The Rakiura Track

By | November 13, 2011 at 6:17 pm | 9 comments

By James Cook In Maori mythology when Maui, the legendary Polynesian hero, came to Aoterara his canoe was the South Island. When he fished the North Island out of the sea he anchored his canoe. Stewart Island or Rakiura is that anchor. The third largest of New Zealands...

Posted in: Beaches, Hiking, James, New Zealand

Heading Out To Sea With A Monarch Wildlife Cruise

Heading Out To Sea With A Monarch Wildlife Cruise

By | November 6, 2011 at 11:51 am | 14 comments

By James Cook There are two ways that you can see Albatross in New Zealand, and both of them centre around the Royal Albatross centre located at Taiaroa Head on the Otago Peninsula. The first way is you can take a shuttle bus to their facility and look down at them from...

Posted in: Animal Encounters, James, New Zealand, Reviews

Exploring New Zealand’s Largest Glacier

Exploring New Zealand’s Largest Glacier

By | October 30, 2011 at 9:25 pm | 7 comments

By James Cook Due to hosting issues, the comments for this article were lost. We apologize to anyone whose comment was lost, and we thank everyone who has taken the time to leave a comment. The Fox Glacier is the largest glacier in New Zealand. It is also extremely fast...

Posted in: Hiking, James, New Zealand, Reviews

A Journey Down New Zealand’s West Coast

A Journey Down New Zealand’s West Coast

By | October 21, 2011 at 9:51 pm | 3 comments

By James Cook We just had a overnight stay in Greymouth. The Stray bus picked us up outside our hostel and we were away to the Franz Joesph Glacier. Our first stop was a picturesque lake. It is famous for the dolphins that swim up from the sea to feed. We unfortunately did...

Posted in: James, New Zealand

Touring New Zealand With Stray Bus

Touring New Zealand With Stray Bus

By | October 16, 2011 at 9:58 pm | 2 comments

By James Cook Jade and I do not normally take tour buses. Instead we choose to hitchhike or at a push get a regular bus that just goes from point a to point b. For our current trip around New Zealand however, we are on a bus tour with the Stray bus company. We are trying out...

Posted in: James, New Zealand

All Blacks And Baa Blacks

All Blacks And Baa Blacks

By | October 9, 2011 at 1:02 pm | 2 comments

By James Wellington is the cultural hub of New Zealand. There is always something fun to do here, and it can be an extremely cheap day out as well. This weekend was no exception and with New Zealand hosting the rugby world cup and the All Blacks playing in Wellington Stadium...

Posted in: Animal Encounters, James, New Zealand

Midweek Snapshot – Hail – Wellington Sep 2011

Midweek Snapshot – Hail – Wellington Sep 2011

By | September 27, 2011 at 7:54 pm | No comments

By James Cook   As I write this I am looking out my window and there is not a cloud in the sky, birds are singing, people are out and its warm. Last Tuesday it was not warm. In the early afternoon we experienced a freak hail storm, followed by thunder and lightning. The...

Posted in: James, New Zealand, Oceania, Photos

Matiu/Somes Island

Matiu/Somes Island

By | September 26, 2011 at 11:06 am | 3 comments

By James Cook If you are in Wellington Matiu/Somes island is the perfect place for a day trip. The small island has a rich history. Legend has it that the mythical navigator Kupe discovered the island over 1000 years ago and named the island Matiu, after his daughter. The...

Posted in: James, New Zealand, Oceania

Midweek Snapshot – Lone Cypress tree – California August 2010

Midweek Snapshot – Lone Cypress tree – California August 2010

By | September 13, 2011 at 7:11 pm | 3 comments

By James Cook There is a famous drive you can do in California called the 17 mile drive. Despite the name it is only 9.5 miles long. The drive takes you between a perfectly manicured golf course and the fierce Pacific ocean, the contrast between the 2 is prehaps one of the...

Posted in: North America, Photos, USA