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Touring New Zealand 2014 - Introduction


We kept planning to take a break from doing our holiday write ups and the New Zealand travelogues and last year we did drop our write up and we concentrated on the cruise back from New Zealand with Cunard. It does not seem to be working as we ended up getting contacted by some of our usual recipients asking when we were starting so it looks like we will have to carry on. These travelogues are written as we go. They started as a regular series of lighthearted Emails sent out as "News from The Antipodes" where the text was written on a palmtop and copied into the emails with little polishing and only a superficial spell check. This year they were written on Pauline's MSI Wind U100 Netbook and Pete's new Chillblast Defiant 13.3" laptop, both running Linux for security on the move.

The first week in North Island was mostly visiting friends, including our relations so we will not covered that period in great detail but refer back to past write-ups when essential. We have concentrated on South Island which we last went to in 2012.

We add pictures as we go, mainly from our Canon A720 IS cameras. We also try to reuse the best previous pictures from earlier years, old film and some stills from Peter's digital video camera. All the pictures on the pages provide details of where they were taken if you hover the cursor over them and they can all be clicked to open a larger version


Background Material

After each visit we also try to extract more from the chronological organisation and consolidate the content into specific pages. Some background pages which may be of interest are:

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