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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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New Zealand — The End

Sat, 28 Mar 2020 | By graynomadsusa | Views [51]

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 [49]

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 [67]

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 [55]

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 >

Middle Earth in the Age of Coronavirus

Sat, 21 Mar 2020 | By graynomadsusa | Views [55]

EVEN IF HE HADN’T BEEN A KIWI, Peter Jackson couldn’t have found a better Middle Earth than New Zealand.  It’s time and place of hobbits and heroes, dwarves and elves, orcs and trolls and wizards, both good and evil.  It’... Read more >

The Banks Peninsula

Wed, 11 Mar 2020 | By graynomadsusa | Views [50]

AKAROA ON THE BANKS PENINSULA IS FULL OF SURPRISES.  There seems to be a new cove or bay with spectacular views around every hill, not surprising since the peninsula was formed by not one, but two volcanoes.  Akaroa means “long harbor”... Read more >

Mission (Almost) Impossible

Sun, 8 Mar 2020 | By graynomadsusa | Views [47]

CHRISTCHURCH WAS ONE OF OUR FAVORITE places when we visited New Zealand fifteen years ago.  I’m reluctant, however, to return since the earthquake that devastated the city in 2011.  We’ll get there — but not today. ... Read more >

Photos: South Island

Fri, 6 Mar 2020 | By graynomadsusa | Photo Gallery

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A Murmuration of Wrybills

Thu, 5 Mar 2020 | By graynomadsusa | Views [46]

HAVE YOU EVER SEEN THOSE VIDEOS OF FLOCKS of birds — starlings, mostly — swooping and soaring in unison like a school of tightly packed sardines?  Birders call these maneuvers “murmurations.”  Well, we learned today ... Read more >

On the bike, on the bike, on the bike

Mon, 2 Mar 2020 | By nomad_kiwis | Views [66]

I have had a most awesome summer this year, the weather has been the best (Invercargill excluded) and I've been on my motorbike lots and lots and lots lol.  After christmas a friend visited from USA and a group of women riders joined together to ... Read more >

Tauranga and the Maketu Estuary

Sun, 1 Mar 2020 | By graynomadsusa | Views [35]

TAURANGA MAY BE NEW ZEALAND’S ANSWER to Newcastle with it’s busy port but one would be hard-pressed to find lodging as wonderful as City Suites in a less urban setting.                South ... Read more >

Lake Taupo

Fri, 28 Feb 2020 | By graynomadsusa | Views [48]

IF I HAD DONE DUE DILIGENCE I WOULD have realized that Turangi is the trout fishing capital of New Zealand.  You would think our lodging, Angler’s Rest Motel, would have been a clue..  Instead I learned that it isn’t possible to ... Read more >

Napier's Art Deco Week

Sun, 23 Feb 2020 | By graynomadsusa | Views [57]

SOMETIMES WE GET LUCKY IN OUR TRAVELS.  Fortune smiled on us twice this weekend.  Kiwis Ron and Rita — more about them later — had invited us to stay in their lovely Napier home.  Napier, you may remember, was razed by a devastating ... Read more >

Rotorua — What's That Smell?

Fri, 21 Feb 2020 | By graynomadsusa | Views [55]

ROTORUA STINKS.  ‘NUFF SAID?  Geysers, mud pots and hot springs perfume Rotorua with Eau de Chemistry Lab and thousands of tourists pay handsomely for the experience.  But if you’ve visited before like we have — twice ... Read more >

Endangered Birds of Tiritiri Matangi

Sun, 16 Feb 2020 | By graynomadsusa | Views [73]

FULLERS 360 FERRY LEFT THE DOCK AT 9:00 “en punto” for the 75-minute trip out to Tiritiri Matangi Island.  An hour and a quarter doesn’t seem long on dry land but when the ferry starts pitching and rolling, time seems to slow ... Read more >

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