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New Zealand is a country of rare seismic beauty: glacial mountains, fast-flowing rivers, deep, clear lakes, hissing geysers and boiling mud. There are also abundant native forests, long, deserted beaches and a variety of fauna, such as the kiwi, endemic to its shores. Any number of vigorous outdoor activities - tramping (hiking), skiing, rafting and, of course, that perennial favourite, bungy jumping - await the adventurous. You can swim with dolphins, gambol with newborn lambs, whale-watch or fish for fattened trout in pristine streams and rivers.

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A Brave New World

Sun, 13 Mar 2022 | By nomad_kiwis | Views [50] | Comments [1]

New Zealand is finally opening it's borders. This is a HUGE move for us. We have been keeping ourselves quietly occupied and alive in our own sweet paradise while the rest of the world has been dealing with Covid 19. The number of deaths we have had ... Read more >

2022 is here

Tue, 15 Feb 2022 | By nomad_kiwis | Views [34]

Who would have thought we'd be living though this pandemic just 2 full years ago. Of course we are very lucky here in paradise islands, we are just, apparently, going to be feeling the effects of the dreaded COVID now while the rest of the world has ... Read more >

Normality?

Wed, 22 Dec 2021 | By nomad_kiwis | Views [85]

I have returned to my home, my home, my home. It's a weird feeling returning. I'm out of sorts. I look around and see that I have entirely too much stuff. Things are in a mess and so many things need doing here that it becomes overwhelming to even think ... Read more >

Fire! Fire!

Fri, 10 Dec 2021 | By nomad_kiwis | Views [79]

Fire the boss!!  The bus was taken to have it's CoF but sadly it failed on some small and large things. Much frustration and discussion about the abilities and mindset of the testing officer ensued but despite the angst the work must be done. The ... Read more >

I haven't mentioned the goat

Sat, 4 Dec 2021 | By nomad_kiwis | Views [112]

or the ram...  Barry is an adolescent goat, friendly, curious, non thistle eating goat. He is friends with the large unco-operative ram called Lawn. Originally there were two of each of these animals (Barry & Larry, Lawn & Mower) but unfortunately ... Read more >

A day in the life of...

Sun, 28 Nov 2021 | By nomad_kiwis | Views [83]

It's Mr 9 yr olds day to make dinner. He takes a can of baked beans out puts them into a bowl and puts them in the microwave to warm them. Mum comes along " that's not enough dinner for everyone Mr 9" so Mr 9 goes to the freezer and gets out some frankfurters ... Read more >

Lockdown

Fri, 27 Aug 2021 | By nomad_kiwis | Views [147]

We are in lockdown again...  One person found with Covid19 and because of it's exponential behaviour Aotearoa went immediately into lockdown.  Now a lot of us find lockdown nice, yes nice. We are lucky enough to not have to go into it for ... Read more >

Special Arrival #7

Fri, 25 Jun 2021 | By nomad_kiwis | Views [95]

On the 21st of June my last (assumed) moko (grandchild) was born to my eldest daughter. I got to Auckland arriving after her birth and got to hold and dress this precious wee parcel. I am so grateful to be a Nanma and now have seven grandchildren, three ... Read more >

Winter News

Fri, 21 May 2021 | By nomad_kiwis | Views [164]

I'm sitting in our downstairs flat looking out the window at a very misty morning. Rotorua city has disappeared from below as the mist melds with the sky and makes a continuous curtain of white. My granddaughter and I watch mornings like this and describe ... Read more >

On the road again

Wed, 17 Feb 2021 | By nomad_kiwis | Views [195]

Last year we bought a small motor home. Since no Overseas travel will be happening in quite a while we decided we wanted to be able to explore NZ . Lots of kiwis  have had the same idea and motorhome and caravan sales have gone thru the roof. Honestly ... Read more >

And the times they are a changing...

Mon, 10 Aug 2020 | By nomad_kiwis | Views [226]

Wow life and the world has gone through a huge upheavel since the last entry in our blog and is continuing to do so. After the death of my Mum we went, as a country, straight into full lockdown in that we had to stay home unless going out for food, to ... Read more >

New Zealand — The End

Sat, 28 Mar 2020 | By graynomadsusa | Views [203]

IT SEEMS COUNTER-INTUITIVE TO BE LEAVING NEW ZEALAND — with fewer than 500  cases of Covid-19 and zero deaths — for America, with the most cases in the world.  But that’s what we are doing and we consider ourselves lucky ... Read more >

The Dark Times Are Upon Us

Fri, 27 Mar 2020 | By graynomadsusa | Views [187]

THE WEATHER IN DUNNEDIN WAS A PORTENT OF THE DARK TIMES to come.  It’s a charming city, often compared to Edinburgh, but on both occasions when we visited, it was cold and gloomy.  The first signs of the impending shutdown of the country ... Read more >

A very sad week

Tue, 24 Mar 2020 | By nomad_kiwis | Views [288]

It started off good with WOMAD (World of Music and Dance) in New Plymouth. I go every year and camp from Friday to Monday and go each day and have an awesome experience. This year on the Sunday I had just gone into the grounds when I received a message ... Read more >

A Nasty Little Bugger

Tue, 24 Mar 2020 | By graynomadsusa | Views [204]

THIS IS THE LITTLE BUGGER THAT’S BEEN CAUSING all the trouble.  Not so much here in New Zealand where there are only 100 cases of Covid-19.  Just the same, everyone is waiting and watching and preparing for the worst.   ... Read more >

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