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Photo Friday: Queenstown, New Zealand

Queenstown won out as our favorite city in New Zealand, although there are many runners up. Its scenic beauty, good weather and abundance of activities were the main selling points. Although I spent half of the week feeling under the weather, we did enjoy a gondola ride and go-kart tracks, yummy Thai food, and a…

Photo Friday: West Coast of NZ’s South Island


Photo Friday: An alpine parrot and misty mountains in Franz Joseph

New Zealand’s South Island is home to one of the world’s only alpine parrots, the kea. They are smart critters, able to solve logical puzzles, and we often found them fraternizing with tourists in the hopes of getting a treat. Here is one we saw and “talked to” in Franz Joseph. This kea’s home is…

Photo Friday: Franz Joseph Glacier

It was gray and rainy when we visited Franz Joseph, but we hiked out to see the glacier anyway: As with many landscapes in New Zealand, it can be challenging to understand the scale without being there. I’m hoping the image below will help: Happy Photo Friday,

Art adventures: Ring making in Nelson, NZ

I had heard about jeweler Pete Elsbury before arriving in Nelson, at the top of New Zealand’s South Island. My obsession with paua had led me to seek out genuine paua artists as I’m not a fan of mass-produced “artwork.” On our first day in town, Brian and I walked right by Elsbury’s Lustre Gallery–which…

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