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Coast to Coast on the TranzAlpine Railway

After two years of living in Greymouth at the western end of the TranzAlpine Railway, and insisting that everyone should travel across New Zealand’s South Island on it, ah hum....we finally followed our own advice. Yes, I (now, reluctantly) admit that before this weekend, we had never traveled on the TranzAlpine ourselves. We always wanted … Continue reading Coast to Coast on the TranzAlpine Railway

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Better with buskers

When we arrived at the Greymouth Railway Station to take the TranzAlpine Railway to Christchurch, a Maori group was singing “Hallelujah” with incredible harmonies on the platform. Busking. Buskers. Greymouth is better—more welcoming—for the joy and entertainment shared by buskers. The group transitioned to traditional Maori songs. A crowd gathered.   Eventually some of the … Continue reading Better with buskers

Oamaru: the Arts meet Victorian when Steampunk bursts in!

On an available weekend, Dan and I went across Arthur's Pass for a weekend visit to Oamaru, which is south of Christchurch on the east coast of the South Island. Oamaru is an interesting town--in its (original) heyday, it was a thriving port.  In a short period in the 1870s, a series of white stone … Continue reading Oamaru: the Arts meet Victorian when Steampunk bursts in!

A day well spent at Barrytown Knifemaking

When our daughter Nichole came to visit, she was more interested in immersing herself into the West Coast opportunities than rushing around from place to place in New Zealand (or maybe she just wanted extra time with her momma?). She spent one whole day learning to carve Pounamu (New Zealand greenstone) at Bonz N Stonz … Continue reading A day well spent at Barrytown Knifemaking

Obsession: Colorful Wool

Oh my! I am so far behind on my New Zealand blog posts. I realize that I have many more posts in my head than are actually appearing on our blog. Uh-oh. Since moving to New Zealand, I have become obsessed with the vintage wool blankets...and this is not just a passing fancy. Soon after … Continue reading Obsession: Colorful Wool

#LoveGreymouth

I went to a gathering at New Coasters tonight to discuss ways to encourage community, communication, cultural education—you know, stuff like that. New Coasters is a welcoming group—but it is the participation of old Coasters (long time locals) that helps the group belong. And for the record, Birte does a fabulous job! At the gathering, … Continue reading #LoveGreymouth

A Real Journey to Milford Sound

Don't try to see all of New Zealand in two weeks. It is not possible. Yes, the country is pretty small.  No, the distances  are not that far as the crow flies. You are not a crow. Slow down. Make plans for adventures. Bicycle through vineyards. Let someone else drive. Stay two nights where you considered … Continue reading A Real Journey to Milford Sound