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Franz Josef Glacier, New Zealand


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Camping New Zealand Travel

Franz Josef: Hiking, Hot Pools, and Campfires

By on September 12, 2016

We pulled the Wicked camper van away from the campground at Fiordland National Park and headed toward Fox Glacier, located on the West Coast of New Zealand’s South Island.  Our plan was to visit both Fox Glacier and Franz Josef Glacier; but the weather only allowed us to visit…

Milford Sound, Fiordland National Park, New Zealand


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Fiordland National Park in New Zealand is a Must See

By on September 8, 2016

We looked inside the Wicked Camper van, and then we looked at each other and shrugged our shoulders.  Since our sons had joined us for a couple of weeks in New Zealand, we reminded the representative that we needed a van that would fit all five of us.  We…

Queenstown, New Zealand


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New Zealand Travel

Queenstown: Two Birthdays and Fun All the Time

By on September 5, 2016

A wise uncle once told Dirk, “You can’t just have fun all the time.”  But we had a different idea when we were in Queenstown, New Zealand.
Reunited at the Airport
We met up with Gerard and Steven going through security at the Auckland airport.  Nick had already cleared and was…

Auckland, New Zealand


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New Zealand Travel

Putting the Pen Down for a While in and Around Auckland

By on August 29, 2016

We said, “See ya next year!” to Emm Cee and Jeep in Rotorua, New Zealand, and drove our rental car to Auckland to meet up with Gerard, Steven and Nick.  We were so happy that our sons would be able to make the long journey from San Antonio, Texas,…

Blue Lake at Rotorua, New Zealand


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New Zealand Travel

Rotorua: What We Packed Into Nine Days

By on August 18, 2016

We left Kakahi well rested and eager to meet our couch surfing hostess, Emm Cee, in Rotorua, New Zealand. Rotorua is a major tourist destination and is mostly known for its geothermal activity and Maori tradition.  We noticed as we drove into town and started looking for Emm Cee’s…

Kakahi, New Zealand


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Kakahi: Our Week of Rest and Relaxation

By on August 15, 2016

We left Omri and Lucy’s house in Muriwai and drove to a quaint farmhouse in Kakahi, New Zealand.  We were ready for a week of catching up on writing, getting some rest, and having no specific plans or agenda for a while.
Quiet Times in Kakahi
Dirk found this great property…

Muriwai Beach, New Zealand


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New Zealand Travel

Lots to be Thankful for in Muriwai, New Zealand

By on August 11, 2016

After arriving in Auckland by bus from Bay of Islands, we picked up our rental car and made the 45-minute drive to Muriwai.  We admired beautiful Muriwai Beach, and then we found the home of our new friends Omri and Lucy. We had connected with them via the KiwiBurn…

Bay of Islands


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New Zealand Travel

Bay of Islands: Hello, New Zealand!

By on August 4, 2016

Our week-long sailing trip from Fiji to New Zealand ended when we dropped anchor in Opua, in the Bay of Islands.  We were excited about arriving in New Zealand, to say the least.  It was bittersweet, though.  It had been such a fun, amazing journey aboard Rewa, but her…

Sailing Vessel Rewa


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Fiji New Zealand Transportation Travel

Sailing Rewa from Fiji to New Zealand

By on August 1, 2016

We left the Fijian island of Taveuni much sooner than we wanted to, but we were excited about our upcoming sailing adventure.  Dirk had made arrangements through FindACrew.net for us to help a Mainer named David sail his boat from Suva, Fiji, to Opua, New Zealand in the Bay…

KiwiBurn 2016


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Burns New Zealand Travel

KiwiBurn 2016: Potluck and Emotion, Hamster-Style

By on June 15, 2016

We picked up our purple rental van, complete with fuzzy dice, from Sweet As Campers in Wellington, NZ, and headed to KiwiBurn 2016, near Hunterville.  Our Kiwi friends Omri and Lucy had invited us to participate with the Hamsters Without Borders – KiwiBurn Edition theme camp, where they’d also…

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