Tag Archives: New Zealand

For the Diggers

Australia   Australian Friend: It’s called “two-up.” US: Ok…so what’s the deal here? Australian Friend: You flip two coins at once and bet on how many will come up heads. ***** Now before you read further you need to understand … Continue reading

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Passing the Poo

Opua, New Zealand Those extra 2 weeks we spent in Opua were put to good use.  Since we had a paying gig this time, we didn’t just take off and go exploring ashore.  Instead, we did boat work.  What kind … Continue reading

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Christchurch, New Zealand

Christchurch, NZ We have, to a degree, made light of the titanic forces that shaped and continue to mold this tiny island nation within the South Pacific’s ring of fire.  We don’t do this out of lack of respect; simply … Continue reading

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A Teaspoon of Concrete

Mt. Aspiring National Park, NZ After a week of enjoying the excellent company and stunning views provided by living on a mountain surrounded by glaciers and waterfalls from, most importantly, behind the protective barrier of a New Zealand hut, the … Continue reading

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A Hut Warden’s Life

French Ridge hut Mt. Aspiring National Park, NZ Notices posted on the kitchen wall of French Ridge hut: Seriously, we freaking love these people. By now we’ve mentioned it enough that you’re probably asking “Hey guys?  What are these huts … Continue reading

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Kiwi Moderate

Mt. Aspiring National Park, NZ Another aspect of friendship is the joint lexicon a group develops over time.  Shared experiences become stories, stories become jokes, jokes become catchphrases and so on until it gets to the point where simply mentioning … Continue reading

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Tramping in New Zealand

Mt. Aspiring National Park, NZ We live among titans. We have no other way to describe it.  “gods” seems too presumptuous for monotheists and “demi-gods” too second-rate.  “Champions” too sporty and “giants” too dependent on physical proportions. Google software engineers, … Continue reading

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Regarding the Locals

Enroute Mt. Aspiring, NZ We would be remiss to recount our many adventures in New Zealand and never once mention the Maori. The “native” people of New Zealand are themselves settlers from a foreign land.  Polynesian in origin, the Maori … Continue reading

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To simply be

Helensville, NZ Despite rumors to the contrary, there’s a lot more out in the farms of New Zealand than Kiwis, possums and sheep: Sometimes things fall into place and life moves on when we’re least expecting it.  After about a month our … Continue reading

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Proximity

Whangarei, NZ The sailing life leads to odd relationships.  Not odd in the quality but more in the means employed in establishing and growing those interpersonal connections: the happenstance, randomness and good fortune involved in who we even have the … Continue reading

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