This is closely based on a regular series of lighthearted Emails sent out as "News from The Antipodes" during 2001. They were written as we went on our venerable HP95 and transferred to the Libretto via the IR link, copied into an email, superficially spell checked and sent. They were not in any way polished and only the most gross errors have been removed here. The pictures on the pages will provide details of where they were taken if you hover over them and they can all be clicked to open a larger version in a new pop-up Window. Parts of the emails were written with the intention of forming the source for new pages on Sailing, Maori Culture and the Whanganui River Story, whilst the rest have joined the main Touring series of pages with details below.
Touring 2001 part 1 - Auckland, Camping in the Coromandel, the Coromandel Goldfields and a few days in the Rotorua and the thermal areas.
Touring 2001 part 2 - Napier - the Art Deco city, Wineries, Gisborne, the High Road through Te Reinga, Camping at Lake Tutira, the Inland Patea Heritage Trail over Gentle Annie (Napier to Taihapi), Otaki Beach, The Tokomaru Steam Museum and on to Wellington.
Touring 2001 part 3 - Taranaki National Park (Mount Egmont) and Mountain House, The SH43 Heritage Trail to Taumarunui, The Whanganui River (the story of the Whanganui River boats has its own page).
Touring 2001 part 4 - Rotorua again, Auckland, Whangarei, camping at Whangaruru, Kerikeri and the Bay of Islands, The Karikari Peninsular, Waitiki Landing and Northland, Trounson and the Kauri forests, Matakohe and the Kauri and Settlers Museum.
Sailing 2001 - 500 Nautical miles in a Raven 31. The Hauraki Gulf, the Coastal Passage to the Bay of Islands, Whangoroa Harbour, on to the limit of our cruising range before returning to the Bay of Islands for a weeks relaxing and fishing.
"News from the Antipodes 2001" also formed the source of a number of other pages: