Dateline: February 22, 2015 – Melbourne – Just a Great City

After that wonderful afternoon with our kangaroo friends at Anglesea Golf Club, we arrived at the Robinsons In The City and were greated by the General Manager Paul Humphries who got us settled into this wonderful boutique hotel.  A little history:

Melbourne was originally a villa...

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Dateline February 18, 2015: Robe and Port Fairy Australia

We drove almost six hours to get to our next destination Robe. It is a quiet fishing village with much history. Robe is one of the oldest towns in South Australia.
Robe is situated on Guichen Bay, about 350km south east of Adelaide. Nicolas Baudin, a French explorer first viewed the bay in 1802...

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Dateline February 13, 2105: Lambert Estate – The Barossa Valley

We landed in Adelaide from Auckland after flying through Melbourne, at about 11 a.m . We picked up our rental car and headed to the Barossa Valley to visit Jim and Pam Lambert at Lambert Estates.

Jim and Pam have a lovely guest home called Lambert Estates Retreat, at the vineyard in Angaston....

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Dateline February 5, 2015 – Lake Tekapo – Lake Tekapo Lodge – Church of the Good Shepherd

The next stop at Lake Tekapo was a lovely Lodge "The Lodge at Lake Tekapo", where Stephanie and Alistair greeted us. It was a very cold day, around 10C and raining, the mountains had very little snow. 

We learned the difference between a lodge and B&B in New Zealand. A lodge will also ser...

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Dateline February 4, 2015 – Terrace Downs and Quickenberry B&

We arrived at the Terrace Downs golf course at our scheduled time but the wind was blowing about 40 mph with gusts up to 60, so golf was OUT. The golf course is set in a beautiful valley surrounded by mountains and the wind comes howling through. The people at the clubhouse were very nice and al...

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Dateline February 3, 2015: Christchurch

We left the Marlborough Valley early in the morning and drove towards Christchurch. On route we made a stop and were very surprised that we were at a seal colony. What made it very special is there were many baby seals playing on the rocks and in the pools of water. There were a few having lunch wit...

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Dateline January 27, 2015 – Taupo and Ambleside B & B

We drove down to Taupo from Auckland, making a day of it visiting various sites along the way.  Much of New Zealand is results of volcanic activity during the development of the earth.  We stopped in Rotorua It is always interesting to see the geysers, cauldrons and the hot mud baths,it reminded us ...

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Dateline January 26, 2015 – Panorama Heights -Western Auckland

Upon leaving Gulf Harbour Golf, we made our way, about a 1 hour drive, to Panorama Heights, our bed and breakfast for the evening in west Auckland high in the Waitakere Range.  We arrived a little after 6:30 and met our hosts Allison and Paul.  They have run the Panorama Heights home for the last 16...

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Dateline January 24, 2015 – Bay of Islands – Swallow Ridge

We drove out of Auckland the first thing Saturday morning traveling north on our way to our first golf adventure, our destination the Bay of Islands. This area of New Zealand is well known for the 144 islands, water sports and beaches. Of course going to the beach was not on our list but seeing ...

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