Posts Tagged "New Zealand"

Picton, New Zealand

Early on February 4, 2016, we sailed into Queen Charlotte  Sound on the South Island of New Zealand and docked in the town of Piction. Picton is the gateway to the Marlborough Wine Country, which lies 28 kilometers away over some rolling hills and pasture land. We took a tour that went into the Wairau Plain, where all the vineyards of the region are located. We toured the area and stopped at two wineries, Spy Glass Winery and Forest Winery, where we toured each facility. After our tour, we went into the small town of Picton to walk around and enjoy the views of the harbor. We sailed out of...

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Auckland, New Zealand

February 2, 2016, found us docked next to the Ferry Terminal in downtown Auckland, New Zealand. We decided to visit Devonport, a village on the other side of  Waitemata Harbor, which is reached by a 10 minute ferry ride. Devonport is known for it’s heritage buildings dating back to the early 1800’s. Around the town there are two volcanic peaks, North Head, with views of the white sand beaches and out lying islands and Victoria Peak, with panoramic views of Auckland on the other side of the harbor. The Devonport Esplanade Hotel, invites people to Victoria Road, which is lined with...

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Waitangi (Bay of Islands), New Zealand

Our first stop in New Zealand was in the Bay of Islands at Waitangi on February 1, 2016. We anchored in the bay which is surrounded by 144 islands. We tendered into the Waitangi pier outside of the town of Paihia, and took a short shuttle ride into the town. Once there, we decide to take the ferry to the neighboring town of Russel, that was on the other side of the bay. Russell is a small quaint town with some of New Zealand’s oldest buildings. One building, The Duke of Marlbourgh Hotel, was New Zealand’s first licensed hotel and is where we ate lunch over looking Te Ti Bay....

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Waitangi, New Zealand

On February 7, 2015, we anchored in the Bay of Islands and had to tender in to the town of Paihia. We left the town of Paihia and traveled to the town of Kerikeri  to visit the 2 oldest European buildings in New Zealand. On the road to Kerikeri we passed lush farms, streams and ranches. In Kerikeri we visited the Kemp house, belonging to one of the first missionaries and next to it the Stone Store and trading post. We then went to Waitangi to a panoramic view of the Bay of Islands and then continued to the Waitangi Treaty Grounds. This was where the Maori and the British signed a treaty in...

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Auckland, New Zealand (Day 2)

On our second day in Auckland, we went to the Kelly Tarlton’s Sea Aquarium. The aquarium is located on the banks of the Waitemata Harbor just outside of Auckland. The aquarium is housed completely underground in old unused storage tunnels. The aquarium is divided into sections the two main ones being the Antarctic Encounter and the Underwater World. In the Antarctic Encounter there are Gentoo and King Penguins. In the Underwater World, you walk through a tunnel with the fish swimming  all around.  In another section there were smaller tanks with different types of sea creatures. The...

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