2016 Travel Overview

Previous years-in-review – 2015, 2014, 2013, 2012, 2011, 2010, 2009 Some of our travel stats for the year: 82k total air miles on 11 airlines: American Airlines, Southwest, British Airways, Cathay Pacific, Dragon Air, Air New Zealand, Vietnam … [Continue reading]

Auckland: Winter Gardens and heading home

Because breakfast at Dear Jervois the previous morning was a bit of a disappointment, I picked a new place for dinner this morning, Mary's. Closer to the hotel and located in a completely nondescript building (the sign simply says 'Mary's' with cafe … [Continue reading]

Auckland: waterfalls and parks

Since we had stayed in the Ponsonby neighborhood on a previous trip, we already had restaurants in mind and decided to return to our favorite breakfast place, Cafe Jervois. I ordered the smashed avocado on toast with a side of salmon and Eric had the … [Continue reading]

Auckland: rental car debacle

Unfortunately, the good vibes we had been feeling on the South Island left us after landing in Auckland. We had a pre-paid reservation for a 'meet and greet' agreement so I was hoping to see someone holding a sign in the terminal when we exited. … [Continue reading]

Marlborough: mussels and Cable Bay

After checking out of the hotel at 10am and packing up the car, we walked into town to do a little shopping at the local souvenir shop. On our way out of town we stopped at one last winery before beginning our trek back to Nelson, Huia.  The small … [Continue reading]

Marlborough: wine tasting, day 2

The weather today was quite random - sunny and calm one minute, windy and raining the next. A good day for indoor wine tasting! Lawson's Dry Hills - Our first stop of the day, we just beat a large group to start our tasting. Julia was friendly and … [Continue reading]

Marlborough: Picton and Queen Charlotte Drive

Awoke to a morning shower, so we were in no hurry and waited out the rain. Eventually, we headed north out of town to Picton and after scaling the viewpoint near Bob's Bay we drove north along the Waikawa Road as far as Whatamango Bay. The views were … [Continue reading]