Auckland: Rangitoto, Devonport, and Segways!

Friday, October 28th, 2011:  Auckland, New Zealand There are those moments when you can recognize that Auckland, the largest city in New Zealand, is home to more than one-third of the country’s entire population.   With its towering skyscrapers, morning commute traffic, and urban sprawl, it can certainly fit the description.  Amongst the organized chaos of […]

Akaroa: Swimming With The Dolphins! Almost…

Monday, October 24th, 2011:  Akaroa, New Zealand A last minute port replacement for Christchurch, which while making good progress still has a lot of reconstruction to complete before thousands of cruise ship passengers can enter its damaged city center, the tiny town of Akaroa was this year’s beneficiary of 83 cruise ships to represent the […]

Fjordland: Scenic Cruising In The Sounds

Saturday, October 22nd, 2011:  Fjordland, New Zealand As we completed two relatively calm days in the Tasman Sea, headed southeast from Sydney, we arrived into Milford Sound early on Saturday morning for scenic cruising of Fjordland National Park in the southwest corner of New Zealand’s South Island.  Onboarding our ranger and pilot for the sounds, […]