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Around Sydney

When we weren’t at the Opera House or the Rocks or enjoying Sydney’s holiday decorations, we were at places like Balls Head, or the Powerhouse Museum, or the fish market….

Around the Sydney Opera House

You can’t see Sydney without visiting the Opera House. We managed to see it twice. The first time we wandered around the outside and then toured the nearby Royal Botanical…

Christmas during the summer

When planning the first part of the trip we made a point to be in Sydney for the holidays.¬†We flew in from Christchurch on the 19th and readied for our…

South Island road trip part 2

We left Nelson to start our fourth day on the road and headed south to Nelson Lakes National Park. We stopped at Lake Rotoiti for a short hike and then…

South Island road trip

After visiting New Zealand’s three major cities, we rented a car and started a six-day tour of the rural areas of the South Island. We started along the east coast,…

Lyttleton

Because of the earthquake damage hotel space in Christchurch is tight and comes at a premium. The best deal I could find on an Airbnb apartment for our three-night stay…

Christchurch

After leaving Wellington we flew to the South Island to begin our seven-day visit to the lower half of New Zealand. We spent one full day in the central Christchurch…

Wellington Botanic Garden

One morning in Wellington we rode the funicular from downtown up to the city’s hillside botanic garden. We worked our way back down the hill through the gardens before heading…

Around Wellington

We only had four days in windy Wellington, but we made good use of our time and saw quite a bit. The city is small and compact, which makes for…

The Wellington Christmas parade

After we left Auckland we flew south to the capital city of Wellington. Located on the south end of the North Island, the city is a quarter the size of Auckland and is much more compact.