Auckland, New Zealand & Rangitoto Island

Having survived a day at sea, partying into the wee hours of this morning, we arrived in Auckland around 08:00. The indigenous Maori first called their home “Tmaki Makaurau, a maiden with a hundred lovers!  Nestled between two harbours, this fertile volcanic land must have been iresistable to the early European settlers.  With its cool,…

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Akaroa / Christchurch, New Zealand

On November 12th, we sailed into Akaroa, uniquely the only French colonial settlement in New Zealand.  Set on a stunning waterfront and surrounded by craggy volcanic landforms, it is a relaxed and pleasant town, 82 kilometres from Christchurch City. In the afternoon, I took an excursion into the countryside to visit a sheep farm located…

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Dunedin, New Zealand

On Day 5 of our cruise, which was November 11th, we sailed into Dunedin, New Zealand.  Sealing and whaling may have brought the first Europeans to the Otago Peninsula, but it was religion that brought about the town.  In 1848, a group of Presbyterian Scots founded the settlement and named it Dunedin . . .…

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Milford Sound, NZ – Doubtful Sound, NZ – Dusky Sound, NZ

What’s the difference between a Sound and a Fjord?  We didn’t know either, but we found out today while we cruised through these 3 sounds. A Sound is created by a river and a Fjord is created by a glacier. When these 3 sounds were discovered, they were  mistakenly named a Sound because it was…

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