Monthly Archives: March 2020

Heading South to Aoraki/Mount Cook

After a short domestic flight from Auckland to Christchurch in the South Island, we picked up our van, loaded our luggage in, and headed south. As we drove, Kreig entertained us with facts and bits of local lore. For example, one of his hobbies is learning the words to other country’s national anthems! We made…
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Wonderful (and winey!) Waiheke

Kia ora travel friends! I’m beginning this post with a traditional New Zealand Maori greeting, taught to our Classic Journeys group by our guide Kreig which means “Be well/healthy”. That seems appropriate as we head into the weekend. Fellow travelers Rob and Cheryl That morning we boarded our second boat of the trip, a ferry…
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Travel writing in strange and difficult times

Everyone’s world has turned upside down in the last two weeks. Nothing is the same. We’re all dealing with the impact of COVID-19 in different ways. I stopped writing my blog posts about our trip to New Zealand. I was torn about what I should do. My plan for 2020 had been to transition from…
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Exploring the “City of Sails” Viaduct Harbour-February 23, 2020

The Classic Journeys group gathered in the hotel lobby and, after introducing ourselves and meeting our guide Kreig (pronounced Craig), our first day together commenced. Auckland skyline by sea (photo Judie Mraz) Auckland is one of the few cities in the world to have a harbor on each of two separate major bodies of water.…
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