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The Wild And Wooly West Coast of New Zealand

New Zealand takes my breath away. Each place I visit is more beautiful than the last. Yesterday morning I left Queenstown on the InterCity bus, bound for the South Island’s remote west coast town of Franz Josef to hike its amazing glacier. The west coast of New Zealand is the country’s last frontier….

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There’s Good News And Bad News

The good news is that I went to Milford Sound yesterday. The bad news is that it rained all day. Located on New Zealand’s rugged west coast in an region named, appropriately, Fiordland, Milford Sound is a long, narrow fiord where sheer granite cliffs rise vertically from the ocean. The Sound was once…

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Around Queenstown, New Zealand

Today was an up and down day of exploring. I began with a ride on the ski gondola that climbs to the top of the hill behind the town of Queenstown and ended with a walk around the shores of Lake Wakatipu. The gondola is not for those who are faint of heart…

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The Remarkable Mountains around Queenstown, New Zealand

I awoke from my mid-flight snooze when the plane began its descent toward Queenstown, New Zealand. We were flying over the red, brown and gold Southern Alps, their craggy peaks covered in fresh snow. The valleys between the peaks held a chain of lakes in their cupped palms. Formed of runoff from the…

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All Aboard The Dune Rider

When the Dune Rider pulled up to my hotel at 7 a.m. I knew that this was not going to be your typical tour. This purpose-built, four-wheel drive, air conditioned Mercedes coach sat atop giant tires designed to negotiate the quicksand streams of 90-Mile Beach, traverse rocky outcrops, and barrel through surf on…

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Historic Paihia And The Bay Of Islands

For the past 48 hours I’ve been burning the candle at both ends. After spending all day seeing the sites I returned to my hotel room each night and spent hours writing articles and preparing photos I’d taken that day. Most of the time this was no problem. Recently, however, I’ve taken so…

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