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Endangered Birds of Tiritiri Matangi

Sun, 16 Feb 2020 | By graynomadsusa | Views [182]

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 >

Middle Earth in the Age of Coronavirus

Sat, 21 Mar 2020 | By graynomadsusa | Views [178]

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 >

Napier's Art Deco Week

Sun, 23 Feb 2020 | By graynomadsusa | Views [176]

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 >

Mission (Almost) Impossible

Sun, 8 Mar 2020 | By graynomadsusa | Views [175]

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 >

The Banks Peninsula

Wed, 11 Mar 2020 | By graynomadsusa | Views [174]

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 >

A Nasty Little Bugger

Tue, 24 Mar 2020 | By graynomadsusa | Views [173]

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 >

New Zealand — The End

Sat, 28 Mar 2020 | By graynomadsusa | Views [170]

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 [158]

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 >

Cruise Recap: Don't Mess With Mother Nature!

Thu, 13 Feb 2020 | By graynomadsusa | Views [153]

NEW ZEALAND IS SURELY ONE OF GOD’S BETTER EFFORTS.  While the country is always beautiful, if the sun is shining New Zealand can be freakin’ spectacular.  When a 20 th Century edition of Lonely Planet from our first visit ... Read more >

A Murmuration of Wrybills

Thu, 5 Mar 2020 | By graynomadsusa | Views [152]

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 >

Rotorua — What's That Smell?

Fri, 21 Feb 2020 | By graynomadsusa | Views [151]

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 >

A Rare Visit to Stewart Island on Waitangi Day

Fri, 7 Feb 2020 | By graynomadsusa | Views [151]

A FRIEND COMPLAINED AFTER TAKING THE SAME NOORDAM CRUISE (in reverse) that he didn’t get to see enough of New Zealand.  Lack of time is my major gripe with cruises in general — that and the fact that ports, like railroad stations, seldom ... Read more >

Lake Taupo

Fri, 28 Feb 2020 | By graynomadsusa | Views [150]

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 >

Tauranga and the Maketu Estuary

Sun, 1 Mar 2020 | By graynomadsusa | Views [140]

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 >

Muriwai Gannet Colony

Sat, 15 Feb 2020 | By graynomadsusa | Views [139]

WE WERE IMPRESSED WITH THE MURIWAI GANNET COLONY in 2005 when we were fledgling birders and we were just as impressed on Saturday.  Hundreds of gannets who call Muriwai home covered the cliffs and the tops of two sea stacks just offshore while ... Read more >

Auckland Forecast: Hardly Sunny

Fri, 14 Feb 2020 | By graynomadsusa | Views [138]

BARELY A DAY HAS PASSED AND THE CRUISE seems a distant memory.  We hopped on the airport bus, picked up our shiny black Suzuki Swift and went in search of Sunny Holiday House, only about 10K from the harbor.  We waited out the three hours ... Read more >

A very sad week

Tue, 24 Mar 2020 | By nomad_kiwis | Views [234]

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 >

On the bike, on the bike, on the bike

Mon, 2 Mar 2020 | By nomad_kiwis | Views [220]

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 >

And the times they are a changing...

Mon, 10 Aug 2020 | By nomad_kiwis | Views [181]

Wow life and the world has gone through a huge upheavel since the last entry in our blog and is continueing 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, ... Read more >

On the road again

Wed, 17 Feb 2021 | By nomad_kiwis | Views [148]

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 >

Winter News

Fri, 21 May 2021 | By nomad_kiwis | Views [116]

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 >


Fri, 27 Aug 2021 | By nomad_kiwis | Views [73] | Comments [1]

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 [46]

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 >

A day in the life of...

Sun, 28 Nov 2021 | By nomad_kiwis | Views [18]

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 >

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Fri, 6 Mar 2020 | By graynomadsusa | Photo Gallery

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