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Archive for September, 2007

Auckland, New Zealand to Los Angeles Airport (LAX) and on to JFK, New York, USA

By on September 13, 2007 in New Zealand, USA with 0 Comments

The flight from Auckland to Los Angeles Airport was uneventful.  The plane wasn’t too crowded, and there was a good choice of movies. Los Angeles Airport (LAX) was a zoo.  It was like arriving at an airport from another era, an airport that had been organised on an ad hoc basis. We landed on time, and I had […]

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Auckland Airport, New Zealand

By on September 13, 2007 in New Zealand

Flight from Wellington to Auckland was OK.  At Auckland Airport there was a 10-minute walk to get from the domestic terminal to international. The security staff at Auckland Airport said there was food available for purchase after security (well, there was if you count Burger King), some nibbles at an espresso bar, or sandwiches at the […]

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Palmerston North to Wellington Airport, New Zealand

By on September 13, 2007 in New Zealand with 0 Comments

Well, my ski trip in New Zealand is coming to an end, and so it’s time to start heading back to the UK. The first part of the trip was to get from Palmerston North to Wellington to catch a flight to Auckland, and then on to New York, USA. I caught the train at […]

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Skiing New Zealand: Palmerston North to Ohakune

By on September 11, 2007 in New Zealand with 0 Comments
Skiing New Zealand: Palmerston North to Ohakune

We had a great drive up from Palmerston North to Ohakune – we passed through some fantastic countryside. We stopped for lunch in Taihape which is the Gumboot Capital of New Zealand (or even the world). Taihape even has a giant wellington boot. The boot thing all started because a comedian called John Clarke had […]

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New Zealand: Train – Wellington to Palmerston North

By on September 10, 2007 in New Zealand with 0 Comments

Train from Wellington to Palmerston North is $22 NZ each way. The are two trains per day – one at 06:20 from Palmerston North to Wellington, and the other at 17:17 from Wellington to Palmerton North. What is it with New Zealand and trains?  They seem to have the infrastructure, but then don’t use it? […]

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New Zealand: Ferry from Picton to Wellington

By on September 10, 2007 in New Zealand with 0 Comments
New Zealand: Ferry from Picton to Wellington

The train from Christchurch arrived about 15 minutes late, but I was still in plenty of time to catch the ferry. The ferry was about a 2-minute walk from train station (bags were checked on the train and transferred to the ferry) and was a former English Channel ferry –  previously called Pride of Cherbourg. On […]

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New Zealand: Train from Christchurch to Picton

By on September 10, 2007 in New Zealand with 0 Comments
New Zealand: Train from Christchurch to Picton

So, an early start as I was taking the train from Christchurch to Picton. Taxi at 6 am to the train station, for the 7 am train. The ticket office at the station opened at 6:30 am. I had booked my ticket in advance as the train is small with limited seating. My large bags […]

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New Zealand: Christchurch (south island) to Palmerston North (north island)

By on September 9, 2007 in New Zealand with 0 Comments

On Monday 10th September 2007 I plan to travel from Christchurch, which is on the south island of New Zealand, to Palmerston North on the north island…. This is a journey I would not attempt in the UK as it requires catching a train from Christchurch to Picton, then a ferry from Picton to Wellington, […]

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Skiing New Zealand: The Treble Cone Kea Parrot

By on September 7, 2007 in New Zealand with 0 Comments
Skiing New Zealand: The Treble Cone Kea Parrot

This is seriously cool – the at Treble Cone Kea Parrot. OK, so they are not exclusive to the Treble Cone ski area, but it was the first place I saw them. At Treble Cone I saw a lot of parrots. Yes, parrots. New Zealand has the worlds only mountain parrot, called a Kea (Nestor notabilis), and […]

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