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NZ Christmas Tree: Pohutukawa

I mentioned pohutukawa trees over at Berengaria Brown's blog the other day and promised I'd post a photo. Pohutukawa trees are known as New Zealand's native Christmas trees since they come into flower during late November/December. They have scarlet flowers and tend...

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A Visit To New Zealand, Land of the Long White Cloud

Have you ever wanted to travel to New Zealand? I'm lucky enough to live in New Zealand, and today I give you a virtual tour of my beautiful country. I'm visiting Lisabet Sarai at Beyond Romance today where I discuss New Zealand and books.

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Place Names That Roll Off The Tongue

Thirteen Interesting New Zealand Place Names I like place names that roll off the tongue. Here are some from New Zealand that I enjoy saying. 1. Paekakariki – means perching place of the kakariki (green parrot). Pronounced pie-ka-ka-rekey 2. Paraparaumu – translates...

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Snapshots of Auckland

Shelley is busy with edits, so here are some photos of places she's visited during the last two weekends. This is the Sky Tower, taken from the Auckland Domain. This is the Auckland War Memorial Museum. I came across some people practicing playing their bag pipes....

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Don’t Go Wine Tasting On An Empty Stomach

After our memorable Cook Strait crossing, we didn’t have much time to have lunch. We grabbed a Subway sandwich each and ate them on the way to our first stop on the wine tour. There were thirteen of us, and we managed to cover a lot of the world with passengers from...

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Rock ‘n Roll, Baby!

During our recent trip to Wellington, we decided we’d like to catch the Interislander ferry across the Cook Strait to Picton. We wanted to see a few of the sights instead of hanging around the city for the entire weekend. The weather wasn’t too good with lots of wind...

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Road Trip: Auckland to Wellington

I haven’t done the trip from Auckland to Wellington for a long time. Yep, I was excited about the prospect of a trip South. We picked up the van we had to drive to Wellington the night before. It’s a little van with vinyl seats and not much leg room. Mr. Munro...

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Easy Fishing

This photo was taken at the Goat Island Marine Reserve in New Zealand. The water is clear and the area pristine and full of fish. I took this photo of blue mau-mau from the rocks. People snorkle and dive here, but as you can see it's easy to see fish without getting...

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Can You See Into the Future?

This is a shot of Albert Park (named after Prince Albert) in Central Auckland. It's not far from the university and on a fine day, it's the perfect place for students to eat their lunch. Mystery writer JA Konrath has a very interesting post about e-books and what he...

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