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Abel Tasman National Park

Abel Tasman National park was the first in the country formed in 1942, a place I’d been looking forward to going, having been told it was a ‘must see’ destination of the south island. We drove a few hours up the coast through the small towns and vineyards to the small township at the border [...]

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It’s nice up north…

So we headed out of Christchurch in hired jalopy, a Japanese import with dents on every panel and a speedo that’s economical with the truth, and began heading north up the east coast. The weather had turned bad, the rain poured much of the day as we followed the coast road. In a way that [...]

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Christchurch and beyond

After winding our way back up Auckland with a few stops, one of them due to a breakdown which lost us most of a day, we handed back our campervan. Despite a few hiccups it had done its job adequately and as novice campervaners we would certainly not be put off doing it again. You [...]

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A town called Napier

The last major town of note we stopped at on the north island was Napier, a town of 55,000 people on the south east coast. Originally a whaling town it was apparently purchased from the Maori somewhat dubiously by the British Crown in 1850 and renamed to Napier, after the colonial administrator Charles Napier. In [...]

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Terra not so firma

We just experienced this 5.1 shake in Christchurch: http://www.geonet.org.nz/earthquake/quakes/3481489g.html Slightly scary I have to say, only lasted a few seconds but you really felt the earth move!

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