2008 01 09 – Big Trip – Day 253 – New Zealand – Catlins to Te Anau

January 13th, 2008

Lakeview Holiday Park, Te Anau, South Island, New Zealand 6170km

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Petrified Forest, Catlins

Today was a long day on the road. We covered 350km driving along the Scenic Southern Coastal Road. For most of the morning the weather was cloudy and very windy. It required a lot of work just to keep the RV straight on the road. Read the rest of this entry »

2008 01 08 – Big Trip – Day 252 – New Zealand – The Catlins

January 13th, 2008

Newhaven Holiday Park, Surat Bay, South Island, New Zealand 5825km

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On the way to Jack's Blowhole, The Catlins

A beautiful sunny day in the Catlins began with the knowledge that we won’t be driving too much today. After a hearty breakfast with the grandparents, we took 10 steps from the campground to the beach and went to look for the hooker sea lions that inhabit the area. Read the rest of this entry »

2008 01 07 – Big Trip – Day 251 – New Zealand – Otago’s Penguins and Albatrosses

January 13th, 2008

Newhaven Holiday Park, Surat Bay, South Island, New Zealand 5755km

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Moeraki Boulders

The last 2 days were well spent mostly on the eastern coast, in a region known as Otago.

Kurow yesterday morning was bleak, cold and cloudy. Nonetheless we went on a river stroll right behind the campground, just to say we got our morning exercise. We drove along the Waitaki River towards Omaru, stopping once at “ancient” Maori Rock art from the 1840’s. It was hard to disagree with mom who said that her 4 year old grandson could draw better. Read the rest of this entry »

2008 01 05 – Big Trip – Day 249 – New Zealand – Perfect Weather at Mt Cook / Aoraki

January 13th, 2008

Kurow Holiday Park, Kurow, South Island, New Zealand 5325km

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Lake Pukaki with Mt Cook in the background

Yiddish Word of the dayShpatziren – To travel. That’s what my grandparents and parents did before they learned to speak Hebrew.

We spent the last 2 days in the Southern Alps, enjoying the views and the sunny warm weather. Yesterday we woke up to a damp and gray morning in Fairlie, but as we drove eastward the sky cleared up until we saw only blue. We stopped at Lake Tekapo for a breather and tasted the first glimpse of turquoise glacial water. At the second stop in Lake Pukaki, we stopped for lunch. The long and narrow lake is the terminus of some of the glaciers starting at Mt Cook and we could see the snow capped peak clearly from our vantage point. Read the rest of this entry »

2008 01 03 – Big Trip – Day 247 – New Zealand – A Family Reunion in Christchurch

January 3rd, 2008

Fairlie Top 10 Holiday Park, Fairlie, South Island, New Zealand 4990km

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Meeting in Christchurch Airport

My parents, Abraham and Rachel, arrived from Israel yesterday afternoon and will be traveling with us for the next 3 weeks! Oh what joy for them to see the grandkids. And what glee for Paola and me, to have some adult company and also  to help with the kids. Read the rest of this entry »

2008 01 01 – Big Trip – Day 245 – New Zealand – Canterbury

January 1st, 2008

Top 10 Holiday Park, Akaroa, South Island, New Zealand 4654km

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Searching for Whales, Near Kaikura

Happy New Year!

It’s hard to believe that a year has passed so fast, and that we have been on the road for most of it. Time really does fly when you’re having fun.

The last few days have been blessed with dry weather and we even enjoyed some nice warm days with short sleeves (even Paola). Read the rest of this entry »

2007 12 28 – Big Trip – Day 241 – New Zealand – West Coast and Lewis Pass

January 1st, 2008

Top 10 Holiday Park, Hanmer Springs, South Island, New Zealand 4230km

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Pancake Rocks, Punakaiki

Shabbat Shalom!

The last few days we have covered quite a lot of km in the north western part of the south island. We started on Tuesday morning when we left Golden Bay and headed back to Motueka area. It had rained all night, but by the morning patches of sun became more and more evident. Close to Takaka Point we stopped for a short stroll to Hawkes Lookout, which Shir and Orr did all by themselves. Read the rest of this entry »

2007 12 24 – Big Trip – Day 237 – New Zealand – Golden Bay

December 26th, 2007

Pohara Beach Top 10 Holiday Park, Pohara, South Island, New Zealand 3565km

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Wharakiri Beach, Golden Bay

Season’s Greetings to all our friends in the US!

We spent the last 2 days in the south island’s northwest corner called Golden Bay. Part of the time it was Grey Bay, due to the rain. Nonetheless, it is a beautiful corner of NZ and we had a nice time. Read the rest of this entry »

2007 12 22 – Big Trip – Day 235 – New Zealand – Abel Tasman National Park

December 26th, 2007

Old McDonald’s Farm, Marahau, South Island, New Zealand. 3340km

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Bark Bay, Abel Tasman National Park

The weather has improved considerably in the last 2 days, especially today. We left Nelson yesterday and reached Marahau, a tiny town on the border of Abel Tasman National Park. Abel Tasman was a Dutch Explorer who was the first European to discover this country a century prior to Captain Cook. He called it Neu Seeland. Read the rest of this entry »

2007 12 20 – Big Trip – Day 233 – New Zealand – Rainy welcome to the South Island

December 26th, 2007

Nelson City Holiday Park, Nelson, South Island, New Zealand. 3270km 

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Nelson Playground

We have not been too fortunate with the weather in the past few days. We got up to a bleak Tuesday morning and crossed the Cook Straights to the south island with poor visibility and rain for most of the 3 hour journey. The ferry itself was huge and impressive, with a little play area for kids. Lucky for us, because that is all the running the kids did on Tuesday. Read the rest of this entry »