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Oh, Sure, We Know All About Star Wars. It’s a Circus, Right?


Oh, Sure, We Know All About Star Wars. It’s a Circus, Right?, originally uploaded by Mister Wind-Up Bird.

An actual display in the Te Papa museum in Wellington. I sometimes think the late twentieth century was something NZ only heard about second-hand. And that’s what makes it so charming.

Heading Out For the Queen Charlotte Track


Picton Marina in the Morning, originally uploaded by Mister Wind-Up Bird.

Hendrik and I headed out from the marina yesterday to spend the day hiking the Queen Charlotte Track. This is the marina that morning, where we set out the the trailhead by water taxi. Hard to believe the previous day there was a storm that stopped pretty much all sea and air traffic on the Cook Straight.

Though once we started slogging through the mud and broken trees, it became a bit easier to believe. Beautiful hike, though.

Cook Straight


Cook Straight, originally uploaded by Mister Wind-Up Bird.

We have migrated back to South Island, taking up accommodations in Picton, not too far from our previous base in Nelson.

Getting to Know NZ


Kayaking in Abel Tasman