Round the World in 40 Days: Stage 7 – Earthquakes and Vineyards in New Zealand

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Maybe the title is a bit overdramatic? We didn’t actually experience any earthquakes during our eight days in New Zealand, but our journey, and some of the places we visited, were very much shaped by earthquakes. After flying to Christchurch following our …

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Celebrations, Solitude and the Sea

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Written by Celia Timms (A highly commended runner-up entry in the Travel and Water Writing Competition.) There was no option but to add 32nd December to our calendar. Consequently, we decided that the oldest crew member would ring out the …

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Blenheim and Kaikoura – Round the World in 30 Days

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I’d visited New Zealand South Island five years previously, but not Kaikoura and the NE Coast. I’d made a fleeting visit to Blenheim at the time, but that was just long enough to persuade me to return and spend more time …

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Auckland and Coromandel – Round the World in 30 Days

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I’d visited Auckland five years earlier during my previous Round the World trip, but only saw the central part of the city and neighbouring Devonport. This time I had allowed a few days to see some of the scenic areas …

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Your Pounds Go Further This Year – Travel News

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Early last year I posted an article Make Your Pounds Go Further. This advised how to make the most of your holiday money, following a fall in the value of the pound over the previous twelve months. The good news is …

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New Zealand North Island – Round the World: Stage 7

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The scenery in New Zealand North Island may not be quite as spectacular as in the South Island, the previous stage of my Round the World tour. However, I was very much looking forward to seeing some of the backdrops to the film ‘The Lord …

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