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NZ 2015 Part 6: Wellington

The drive from Hawke’s Bay to Wellington was a touch over 300 KM, and in driving time terms, was by far the longest leg of our trip at over four hours. It was, however, also one of the nicest drives

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NZ 2015 Part 5: Hawke’s Bay

It was an easy and pleasant drive down to Hawke’s Bay, and we arrived in the town of Napier a around two hours after leaving Taupo. Obviously, the first thing that we needed to do was to get coffee, and

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NZ 2015 Part 4: Taupo

Probably the strangest thing about visiting Lake Taupo and its surrounds was that every time we asked someone how to pronounce “Taupo”, we got a different answer. The best we could work out was that the modern interpretation was “TOO-poh”,

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NZ 2015 Part 3: Hamilton and Cambridge

When we were researching for our New Zealand holiday, we found two activities near Hamilton that we were keen to check out – Hobbiton village (a tour of the set of The Shire from the Lord of the Rings /

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NZ 2015 Part 2: Coromandel

We drove from Auckland to the eastern coast of Coromanel on Monday, after a brief visit to Ponsonby Road (summary: it was crowded). The drive took about two-and-a-half hours, and as we got further from Auckland, the scenery became greener

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New Zealand 2015 Part 1: Auckland

With our last proper holiday now over 12 months ago, we figured we were well overdue to “get away from it all”. Kristy and I had been debating the merits of a number of destinations, but with its close proximity

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Five days at the Gold Coast

Mom and Dad’s unit at Grande Florida had quite a bit of vacancy in March, so we felt it was our duty as good family members to go down and keep it company last week. We really lucked out (in

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A week in Sydney

The second of our week-long holidays was a jaunt down to Sydney to stay with long time friends Jason and Louise, who we met way back in 2005 in New York. Oh, how time has changed since then! Like us,

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Stradbroke Island

The first of our week-long trips was to North Stradbroke Island (“Straddie”) at the beginning of the month. Mom and Dad joined us for the first four days, and then we stayed on for three more after they left. I’m

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Cookeing down the coast

The Cookes, Jason and I flew from Sydney to Coolangatta late on Christmas eve, touching down around 5 PM local time. Susan, Kristy and Oscar were there to greet us and to provide our taxi service from the airport back

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