Monthly Archives: February 2016

Auckland, New Zealand

We are disembarking the ship today in Auckland, the country’s largest city with a population of a half million.  Housing is scarce in this growing city with an unemployment rate of 0%.  We are fortunate to have a direct flight … Continue reading

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Update on Azamara Quest

My loyal readers will recall that there were problems with our approach into Picton, New Zealand caused by the local pilot who hit the rocks. The cruise company is required to have a local pilot on board when they are … Continue reading

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The Bay of Plenty, New Zealand

Today is a full day in Tauranga, New Zealand, a favorite holiday spot for those from Auckland and Wellington.  Monday is a local holiday in Auckland, so people have come in early for a long holiday weekend.  In the Bay … Continue reading

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Hobbiton, New Zealand

After a day at sea, we are scheduled to arrive in Tauranga, New Zealand at 5 pm.  Most guests will be staying on the ship tonight for the evening’s entertainment; we have chosen an evening excursion to Hobbiton.  Hobbiton is … Continue reading

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Napier, New Zealand

We are now on the north island of New Zealand and visiting the town of Napier in Hawk’s Bay celebrated for its Art Deco and Spanish Mission architecture.  Napier is a town of 50,000 and it will be our base … Continue reading

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Happy Anniversary

Today is TravelbyNatasha’s 4th anniversary.  Thank you to all my loyal readers and my new friends and visitors.  What started as a class assignment now shapes how I travel.  I find myself taking pictures of things to document what I … Continue reading

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Picton, New Zealand

Today we are docked in Picton, New Zealand at the northern point of country’s southern island. Although there are also small islands that are part of the country, New Zealand is considered a country of three islands, the southern island, … Continue reading

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