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Napier, New Zealand

Cape Kidnappers has the biggest Gannet colony in the world, reachable only by guided safari to the top of the cliffs. The birds are spectacular! We felt like we were in the middle of a National Geographic Special.
As I write the seas are high – no dancing tonight! It is Thursday, October 18th 7:45pm and back on the East Coast of the USA it is 2:45am Thursday morning!
More sheep – can’t help it – they are so cute!


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A bus tour took us along the “Storm Coast” around Lambton Harbour, passing the former lighthouse by the water's edge and the current one up on the cliff. Scattered among the yellow-blossoming gorse on the hillside were many “hermit” sheep – rounded up only once a year for shearing.
Wellington is New Zealand’s Capitol, the world’s most Southern Capitol.




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Auckland, City of Sails

The Skytower is framed by the Statendam’s flags as we arrived in the port early in the morning, and said a fond farewell to new friends and to our home on the high seas for the past 28 days. We went to the top of the Skytower later in the day – but decided not to do the bungy jump!
The Emperor Penguins were at Kelly Tarltons’ Antarctic Encounter and Underwater World – a neat experience we shared with many of Auckland’s parents and children as they enjoyed their Labor Day holiday weekend.



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South island

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Christchurch, South Island, NZ

The flight from Auckland on Monday was smooth and just 1 ½ hours. We flew over snow-capped mountains, and landed on the Canterbury plains. We picked up our car from John at Trusty Car Rentals – he was great – lots of good advice, warnings about bad Kiwi drivers, and even a “Look Left” sticker for the steering wheel!
We had a room at the YMCA – that’s better than it sounds! Great location across from the Botanical Gardens and the Arts Center in Christchurch.

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