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Day   Location   Headline
24th San Francisco Talking Technology 10,000m Above Frozen Northern Latitudes
25th San Francisco A Hike Around Familiar Haunts in a Festive Setting
26th San Francisco A Stroll in Oriental Gardens and a Session with Venetian Artists
27th San Francisco A Chill Out Day in Galleries and Shops in Sausalito
28th San Francisco A Visit to Gingerbread Village and Fond Farewell
29th San Francisco A Day Visiting Old Maritime Haunts and a Magical View from Coit Tower
30th In transit A Lost Day in My Life and a Little New Zealand History


Day   Location   Headline
1st Auckland A Climb to the Top of the Tallest Structure in The Southern Hemisphere
2nd Auckland Success at Finding a Set of Wheels and a Climb up Sacred Mount Eden
3rd Auckland An Enjoyable Day Down by the Waterfront Just Soaking Up the Sun and Atmosphere
4th Auckland A Day at the New Zealand National Maritime Museum and a Chat with a Model Maker
5th Auckland A Delightful Day Climbing Forts in Genteel Devonport
6th Whangarei Mountainous Trek to Whangarei to Find an Irish Gig Played in Little England
7th Whangarei A Meeting with the Giant Kauri, a Climb to the Gods, and a Stroll along by the Ocean
8th Bay of Islands A Loo with a View, a Den of Iniquity and Chasing Dolphins Around the Bay of Islands
9th Waitangi Birth of a Colony, the Country's Oldest Stone Building and a Memorial to Rainbow Warrior
10th Cape Reinga With the Spirits on Cape Reinga and the Gumdiggers on Ancient Buried Forests
11th Waipoua Kauri Forest Paying Homage to the Spiritual Giants, Awesome as they Say
12th Waitakere Ranges Relaxing By the Surfers' Beaches, Dodging the Rain
13th Raglan A Lovely Trip Down Waikato District and Popping into the Radio Station in Laid Back Raglan
14th Waitomo Caves A Day in the Caves with the Glowworms and Passing Time with the Cabin Dwellers
15th Te Anga Road Te Kuiti Heritage, Natural Bridge and Waterfall; All in the Rain
16th Taumarunui Enjoying the Sun, Exploring a Railway Cutting and Meeting the Inquisitive Girls
17th Taumarunui A Day on The Rails Chatting to Kiwis and Admiring Driftwood Sculptures
18th Whanganui River End of the Rains but a Good Drowning in the Whanganui River
19th Forgotten World Highway Moving Back in Time on the Forgotten World Highway
20th Stratford I Return to New Zealand and Come Face to Face with Mount Taranaki
21st Fantham's Peak A Day Alone on Fantham's Peak in the Mist, Or Perhaps Not Alone
22nd Opunake Pioneer Village Explore and a Chill Out By The Tasman Sea
23rd Cape Egmont Chill Out On Cape Egmont and Christmas Parade Celebrations
24th Whanganui An Escalator Trip to the Top of the City with Two Names
25th Whanganui National Park Salad for Lunch, Chin Wagging with Kiwis and a Drive into Whanganui National Park
26th Whanganui A Day at the Races, and a Walk Along the Black Sands
27th Wellington A Walk Around Windy Welly and Finding Old St Paul's
28th Marlborough Sounds An Explore Around the Enchanting Marlborough Sounds, Cook's Favoured Base
29th Blenheim A Short Hike to Onahau Lookout, and a Trip Through Marlborough Wine Country
30th Marlborough Wineries A Day Sampling the Delights of the Marlborough Wineries and Avoiding the Rain
31st Kaikoura Stepping Back in Time to World War I, and Seal Spotting Towards Kaikoura


Day   Location   Headline
1st Kaikoura Peninsula A Day Exploring the Kaikoura Peninsula
2nd Kaikoura Trench A Stormy Day With the Whales and Albatrosses on the Kaikoura Trench
3rd Christchurch A City with Its Heart Torn Out, But With the Fighting Spirit of a Lion
4th Banks Peninsula A Tour of Banks Peninsula and Visiting an Almost French Colony
5th Craigieburn Forest Park A Journey into Narnia Country, the Bridge of Doom, and Helicopter Hill Hike
6th Arthur's Pass Hiking on the Great Divide with the Botanists
7th Aoraki Mount Cook National Park A Day of Turquoise Blue Lakes Ending up by the Largest Mountain in Australasia
8th Aoraki Mount Cook National Park A Day with the Glaciers Around Aoraki Mount Cook National Park
9th Oamaru Gliding With the Birds and Later Watching the Yellow-eyed and Blue Penguins
10th Oamaru A Walk Around the Whitestone City and a Stroll by the Moeraki Boulders
11th Dunedin A Day Exploring the Scottish New Edinburgh
12th Otago Peninsula Admiring the Birds and New Zealand's Only Castle on Otago Peninsula
13th Catlins Meeting the Sea Lions, Jack's Blowhole and a Night in Bachelor Town
14th Catlins Of Cathedral Caves and Petrified Forests and the Southern Tip of South Island
15th Invercargill Motorbike Hero, Living Fossils and Old Time Music in the Friendly City
16th Stewart Island A Day on a Southern Outpost with a Pristine Protected Environment
17th Manapouri Past Monkey Island to the Land of Massive Peaks, Fiords and the Eccentric Campsite
18th Doubtful Sound Peaceful, Moody, Seductive Doubtful Sound and a Massive Underground Power Station
19th Milford Sound An Extremely Wet and Windy Day in a Land Laced with Hundreds of Waterfalls
20th Queenstown Welcome to Screamstown, "Adventure Capital of the World"
21st Skippers Canyon Bumping Along Skippers Canyon and Exhilarating Jetboat Ride up the Shotover River
22nd Arrowtown Exploring an Old Gold Rush Town and a Microbrewery to Boot
23rd Wanaka A Bygone Gold Rush Town and a Climb High Up Over Lake Wanaka
24th Wanaka An Embarrassing Time on the Beach and an Evening with The Iron Lady
25th Fox Glacier A Lovely Drive Over Haast Pass and Along the West Coast, Followed by a Hike to the Fox Glacier
26th Gillespies Beach A Revisit to Fox Glacier and Enjoying the Salt Air on a Gold Miner's Beach
27th Franz Josef Glacier An Unforgettable Day Climbing up the Franz Josef Glacier
28th Hokitika Puke Cafe Minus the Possum Pies, a Greenstone Centre and a Shantytown
29th Greymouth A Day Exploring Old Mines and Watching Rocky Pancakes Blowing
30th Westport Museum in the Brewery and a Walk Along Cape Foulwind Amongst the Weka
31st Denniston Mining Townships Around Westport and the Most Amazing Incline


Day   Location   Headline
1st Reefton The Historic Town Of Light and the Country's Longest Swingbridge
2nd Abel Tasman National Park Through Forest Plantations over Hope Saddle and Down to the Abel Tasman National Park
3rd Abel Tasman Coastal Track A Day Tramping Down Part of the Abel Tasman Coastal Track
4th Abel Tasman Coastal Track A Second Helping of the Abel Tasman Coastal Track
5th Nelson An Ugly Building Near the Centre of New Zealand and the Birth Of New Zealnd Rugby
6th Nelson Hangi on Waitangi Day and a Walk Along Tahunanui Beach
7th Picton A Tortuous Trip to Picton, Perhaps Home to the Eighth Wonder of the World
8th Wellington Escape from the Rains, a Tour Around Earthquake Proof Parliament and a Waffle Debate
9th Wellington A Day of Culture in the Te Papa Museum
10th Napier A Glimpse of Scandinavian Past by 70 Mile Bush
11th Napier A Day with the Gannets and Their Young at Cape Kidnappers
12th Napier A Day of Immersion in Art Deco
13th Tongariro National Park "Tears on Greenstone", a Tragic Rail Disaster and Carrotville
14th Tongariro National Park Mists and Lunar Landscape Around Meads Wall, with Tongariro Letting Off Steam
15th Tongariro National Park A Couple of Decent Hikes Through Alpine Terrain Followed up with a Good Soaking
16th Tongariro Alpine Crossing A Fantastic Hike in Lord of the Rings Country Across the Tongariro Alpine Crossing
17th Taupo Pleasant Drive to Taupo, Chat with an Artist and a Cracking Thunderstorm to Round off the Day
18th Taupo A Day of Falls, Rapids, Fumaroles and Geothermal Activities
19th Rotorua An Unforgettable Stroll Through Fire and Brimstone in the Jaws of Nature
20th Rotorua A Marvellous Day in Waimangu Geothermal System, the Youngest in the World
21st Rotorua Discovering a Buried Village, Exploring Rotorua Museum and an Evening of Pool
22nd Rotorua Hiding from the Deluge in a Spa and Cinema
23rd Waihi Through Kaharoa Gorge to Mural Town and on to El Dorado
24th Karangahake Gorge A Day Exploring Karangahake Gorge Steeped in Gold Mining History
25th Waihi Looking Down into the Giant Martha Mine in an Historic Gold Town
26th Pauanui Soaking up the Coromandel Eastern Coast with the Jet-Setters
27th Hahei Visiting The Cathedral by the Sea and Digging For My Own Hot Water
28th Whitianga Walking in Captain Cook's Footsteps
29th Coromandel A Fascinating Train Journey Built By a Potter and Meal With An Artist in a Remarkable Balanced House


Day   Location   Headline
1st Coromandel Where Gold Was First Discovered in New Zealand
2nd Thames A Walk in a Gold Mine in the Gateway to the Coromandel Peninsula
3rd Thames Back to School and an Explore of the Kauaeranga Valley
4th Auckland Farewell to my Home and Hello Auckland
5th Auckland A Day with Expatriates Strolling Along Takapuna Beach
6th Auckland From Degas to Dali at the Art Gallery
7th Devonport A Return Visit to Genteel Devonport to Try and Capture the Essence of Auckland
8th Sydney Farewell New Zealand and Hello No-man's Land
9th Sydney A Good Explore Around Sydney and Walking the Coathanger
10th Sydney A Cruise Around the Harbour Discovering Where the Other Half Live - A Far Cry From the Early Settlers
11th Blue Mountains A Day in the Magnificent Blue Mountains, and No Snakes
12th Sydney A Time to Catch Up with my Soul in the Garden of Friendship
13th Sydney Aborted Trip to Susannah Place and Off to Oblivion Instead
14th Sydney A Maritime and Art Fix Day
15th Hong Kong Farewell to Sydney and Hello to Pearl of the Orient
16th Hong Kong Kowloon Exploration and Evening on Hong Kong Island
17th Hong Kong Walking Around The Peak, a Harbour Cruise and Feasting at The Jumbo Seafood Restaurant
18th Hong Kong A Visit to Big Buddha, a Walk Along Wisdom Path and an Evening with Ned Kelly
19th Hong Kong Day of Temples and Thousands of Buddhas and Expatriates
20th Hong Kong Walk on the Wild Side and a Visit to Stanley
21st Hong Kong Passing Through the Old and New on Hong Kong Island
22nd Hong Kong Submerged in Space and Up With the Gods
23rd Hong Kong Better Late Than Never


Reflections on the 2011/12 New Zealand Trip

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