Touring in New Zealand 2004 - Introduction
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The 2004 travelogue is, as usual, closely based on a regular series of lighthearted Emails sent out as "News from The Antipodes". They were written as we went on our "new to us" Toshiba Protege, superficially spell checked copied into an email and sent. They were not in any way polished and only the most gross errors have been removed here.
The emails have been consolidated, divided into a logical series of pages and illustrated, mostly with pictures from Pauline's new Digital Canon A70 Camera, plus some from Film and stills from the Peter's digital video camera. A number of pictures from previous years are included where they have that something extra.
It has taken a little time as this years "News" totaled 47,500 words (circa 65 A4 pages of content if you want to print it all) and over 160 new pictures have been included.
Some of the content was included specifically to update pages covering specific topics.
This year we spent time in both Islands as well as two weeks sailing in the Hauraki Gulf. The route can be followed from the links at top and bottom which are common to all the pages as well as from the following Index:
- Introduction and Summary to the 10 parts
- Part 1 - Auckland, Waiheke Island and the Soren Larsen Tallship
- Part 2 - Rotorua, Wanganui and Wellington
- Part 3 - Marlborough, Golden Bay, West Coast Goldfields, Glaciers and the Haast Pass
- Part 4 - Hawia, Queenstown, Glenorchy, Cromwell, Naseby and the IDA valley
- Part 5 - Wanaka, Central Otago Goldfields and Wineries
- Part 6 - Dunedin, Catlins, Mavora, Manapouri, Te Anau
- Part 7 - Mt Cook, Benmore, Tekapo, Mt Somers, Marlborough, The Sounds
- Part 8 - Napier Art Deco Festival, Wineries and The Marth Mine at Waihi
- Part 9 - Sailing in the Hauraki Gulf and out to Great Barrier Island
- Part 10 - Northland, Kauri Coast, Russell and Auckland
Each visit we also try to extract more from the chronological organisation and consolidate the content into specific pages. This year we have the content for major updates to:
- New Zealand Goldmining - Introduction to Goldmining Techniques and Travels in various Goldfields.
- New Zealand Wines, Wineries and Vineyard Restaurants - brings together our favourite vineyards to visit. Selection is not solely the on the quality of the wine but is biased towards those with good vineyard restaurants, magnificent scenery and a friendly and helpful approach.
- Sailing in New Zealand - An Introduction to Sailing in New Zealand with an index to our own sailing in the Hauraki Gulf, The Bay of Islands and the Coastal Passage between them and on up to Whangaroa Harbour.
- The Whanganui River Story The story of the River and the river boats that served it.
"News from the Antipodes 2004" has also updated a number of other pages:
- New Zealand Books - We have built up a library of books on New Zealand during our visits and have initiated a catalogue. Our books cover many topics from Sailing and Fishing through the Goldfields and Art Deco to Maori Culture.
- Interesting Web Sites: We have found a number of useful Web sites on New Zealand that you may want to have a look at.