Category Archives: New Zealand 2012

Rangitoto

Rangitoto is an island volcano (presently inactive) near Auckland Harbor. Turns out that Auckland is a geologic hotspot with something like 48 volcanos (all currently inactive) within 30 miles of New Zealand’s major population center – home to fully 50% … Continue reading

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Waiheke

From Great Mercury, it was off to the north thru Colville Channel into the Hauraki Gulf – and prime time Kiwi cruising territory. Home to Auckalnd where half of new Zealand’s 4,000,000 people live, it is an area bounded by … Continue reading

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Great Mercury – Part 2

I have never really done much long line fishing before, but Joe, John and I went out for a bit of the recreational version before dinner. I will try to explain the drill. First, there is a frame. The frame … Continue reading

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Great Mercury

From the White Island volcano, it was off across the Bay of Plenty to Great Mercury Island off the Coromandel Peninsula. The island is part of a group of islands only one of which, Great Mercury, is inhabited. Great Mercury … Continue reading

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White Volcano

Last time I threw in some pictures of our White Volcano adventure. More pictures this time. In the early 1900’s, there was a sulphur processing operation on White Island. Some 14 people lived and worked there to extract sulphur which … Continue reading

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Picton to White Island

We covered some of this ground in an earlier post about New Zealand weather (Weather or Not to Go), but I’ll throw some more pictures in here. The journey from Picton to White Island took us back out of Queen … Continue reading

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Picton Again

OK – I said I wasn’t going to do it – I lied – more winery stuff in Marlborough. If I look bad it is because I was (overly) happy. Easy to do in wine country. Anyway – more wine … Continue reading

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Nelson to Takaka (and back)

Heading on from Nelson (by land yacht), we traveled across a mountain range with spectacular views (and a gut churning roadway) to Takaka and Pupu Springs. First the gut wrenching part — a view across the fertile land. On the … Continue reading

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