New Zealand

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After visiting Egypt in 2008, New Zealand rose to the top of my list of places I wanted to visit. I first became attracted to New Zealand after seeing a movie called The Frighteners by an unknown director, Peter Jackson.

Then Jackson launched The Lord of the Rings juggernaut, and my desire to visit the country intensified significantly. I returned to school in 2009, earning my bachelor's degree in social work in 2011, and then my master's degree in 2012. I had decided at the outset of my return to academia that I would reward myself upon successful completion of my education with a trip to New Zealand, a trip that began on New Year's Day, 2013.

I kept a travel journal which I posted on Facebook, and I also took advantage of the photo and video packages offered by the various companies providing adventure activities. I have organized here my travel journal, along with a second section of links to photos and videos of the adventures with related commentary. I will have a third section with the photo galleries completed and added soon.

This section of the site is still under construction, so please check back later to see our progress.

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The Daily Journals

Day 1
Day 12
Day 23
Day 2
Day 13
Day 24
Day 3
Day 14
Day 25
Day 4
Day 15
Day 26
Day 5
Day 16
Day 27
Day 6
Day 17
Day 28
Day 7
Day 18
Day 29
Day 8
Day 19
Day 30
Day 9
Day 20
Day 31
Day 10
Day 21
Day 32
Day 11
Day 22

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The Adventures

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The Photo Galleries

This part of the site has not yet been completed. Please check back later to see our progress.

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Last revised: August 29, 2015.

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